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Law Librarianship (Certificate NDP) 
Program Description

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.

Student Outcomesi.
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.

Department/Academic Unit(s)

School of Information -

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.

College of Social & Behavioral Sciences  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
John J Potenza
Graduate Program Coordinator
John J Potenza
Director of Graduate Studies
Hong Cui
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Jessica N Kniest
Tuition and Fees
Please refer to the UA Bursar's Office Tuition and Fees Calculator for up-to-date information about tuition and fees. 
Please refer to the UA Registrar's's Office Special Course Fees for up-to-date information about special course fees. 

Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

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.

  • Must have or be concurrently enrolled in a Juris Doctor (J.D.) program from an ABA accredited school.
  • Must have or be concurrently enrolled in a Master of Arts in Library and Information Science OR a Master of Science in Library and Information Studies from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited school.

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.

  • A 750-1000 word written statement of introduction and interest in the program. This statement should reflect some knowledge of the directions of the field and what the role of professionals in the field might be in the future. The statement should demonstrate excellent organizational and writing abilities. The statement may be attached to an email and submitted electronically.
  • Two (2) official transcripts from ALL higher education institutions attended in sealed envelopes. Do not send transcripts to the Graduate College or the Office of the Registrar.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from persons familiar with applicant's academic abilities and/or professional potential.  Letters should be written by faculty members, work supervisors, or other professional colleagues. The letters should be dated (no more than one year old) and in sealed envelopes from the author. There is no form for these letters. A recommendation letter may be emailed directly to School of Information ( from the author or may be submitted by the applicant in a sealed envelope.
  • A current resumé or curriculum vitae (CV). This can be attached to an email and submitted electronically.
  • Items sent electronically should be directed to
  • Please send your documents to: 

    School of Information
    The University of Arizona
    Harvill 409
    1103 E 2nd St
    Tucson, Arizona 85721 

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.

  • Complete and submit a Graduate College admission online application,  The application fee is waived for current graduate, degree seeking students.
  • Email a 750-1000 word written statement of statement of introduction and interest in the certificate program.  Send statement to  

Both application and written statement will be reviewed by the Certificate Admissions Committee for a decision. For general information see:

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.


Standardized Tests

No standarized tests required.

Financial Aid

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.

Admissions Deadlines

Domestic and International Applicants:

  • Fall semester - March 1
  • Spring semester - November 1
  • Summer semester - April 1
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Degree Specifics

Degree Requirements

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)

Minor Requirements

No minor requirements.

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Last revised 29 Jan 2016