The Law Librarianship Graduate Certificate offers several niches and specializations including foreign and international law, government documents, patents, taxation, computer-related services, administration, and special collections such as archives and antiquarian books. While approximately one-third of law librarians have law degrees, most positions do not require a law degree.
Law Librarians work in a variety of settings: law school and university libraries, law firm and corporate libraries, state and federal agency and court libraries, and archives and rare book libraries and hold a variety of positions in both public and technical services. They answer legal reference questions, teach legal research, order and process materials, and may also manage electronic access to library materials. Traditional areas of work include: legal reference, collection development and management, acquisitions, cataloging, etc.
The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) promotes and enhances the value of law libraries to legal and public communities, fosters the profession of law librarianship, and provides leadership in the field of legal information.
The University of Arizona School of Information (SI) and the Law Library of the James E. Rogers College of Law offer a two-year fellowship in law librarianship for lawyers seeking to become law librarians. Successful applicants will work 20 hours a week in the law library while pursuing Master of Arts in Library and Information Science.
The law librarianship certificate program will provide students with the necessary skills to hit the ground running in an academic, law firm or government law library. It combines theory, practicums and intense collaboration with the law librarians of the College of Law. Upon completion of this certificate program, graduates will be able to seek membership into this professional association. This opportunity will foster professional development, networking opportunities, continuing education, and advancement opportunities.
The ever-increasing pace of technological innovation requires a more information-savvy workforce that understands not only the how, what, where, when, and why of technology and data but how to apply that knowledge. At the University of Arizona’s School of Information, we have faculty and students engaged in research and education around all aspects of the information sciences without regard for disciplinary boundaries. We do research in: artificial intelligence; data management and curation; computer vision; computer-mediated communication and learning; natural language processing; social networking; human computer interfaces; dark networks; computational art creation; eCommerce, eGovernment, and eHealth; computational music; library sciences; educational and entertainment technologies; and much more.
We are preparing our graduates to be the doers, thinkers, solvers, and game-changers, not only of the problems and opportunities we see now, but also of the myriad scenarios we can’t yet imagine but are sure to arise during our students’ lifetimes.
If you are not a current student in the School of Information, Master of Arts Library and Information Science program, please carefully read the minimum requirements to apply for certificate admission.
Please remember, in addition to meeting the minimum requirements and completing this online application for admission to the Graduate College with a $85 application fee, you are required to send the following documents directly to School of Information.
Please note: Do NOT send any documents to the Graduate College, only to the address above.
If you are a current student in the Master of Arts in Library and Information Science program and have met the minimum requirements (see above) for this certificate, please submit the following.
Both application and written statement will be reviewed by the Certificate Admissions Committee for a decision. For general information see: http://grad.arizona.edu/admissions/application-procedures.
Please Note: If you are applying for summer admission, indicate "Summer I" on the application form. Also, when prompted for Type of Application, choose Certificate. When prompted to choose the program of study, select the Law Librarianship Graduate Certificate.
No standarized tests required.
Financial Aid Opportunities are available for students completing a certificate program through UA Online. Please see the program webpage here and contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (OFSA) for more information.
There are funding opportunities available through the School of Information, if completing both a Master of Arts in Library and Information Science and a certificate program. Please see the School of Information Financial Aid webpage for information and deadlines to apply.
Domestic and International Applicants:
Certificate Requirements (are currently under revision)
The certificate requires 15 credit hours. All courses are required for completion of the program.
Required Courses [15 credits]:
IRLS/LAW 681E: Law Library Practice and Administration (3 units)
LAW 689: Advanced Legal Research (3 units)
IRLS/LAW 689A: Teaching Legal Research (3 units)
LIS 693: Internship (6 units)
No minor requirements.