The Legal Information and Scholarly Communication Graduate Certificate provides students with a background necessary to serve in a wide variety of libraries (public, academic, school, etc.), special libraries, archives, government agencies and businesses where legal information is important to the mission of the endeavor. As law firms grow in size and become more specialized, there is a growing need for researchers able to investigate legal issues and the underlying factual issues of litigation and transactional law. It is hard to imagine a discipline where legal issues don’t regularly arise.
Student Learning Outcomes
The Legal Information and Scholarly Communication Certificate program will provide students with the necessary skills to research all legal matters, from simple to complex. Student will develop a sophisticated knowledge of the American legal system and the common law as well as the regulatory and legislative state. This certificate will allow paralegals or law librarians to develop their information skills to enhance their careers. These skills should propel these graduates into professional environments such as academic libraries, public libraries, some law firms, and government agencies.
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.
The School of Information applies the same minimum criteria as it does for the Master of Arts in Library and Information Science.
All students are required to complete certificate coursework within 4 years.
If you are not a current student in the School of Information, Master of Arts in Library and Information Science program, please carefully read the minimum requirements to apply for certificate admission.
Please complete this online application for admission to the Graduate College with a $85 application fee. As part of the online application, you are required to submit the following materials. Please do not email or mail these materials to the School of Information or Graduate College. These materials are inputted into your online application:
Please email official e-Transcripts to email@example.com directly from the institution or mail one (1) official transcript to the following address (do not send to the Graduate College). Official transcripts from ALL higher education institutions attended are required.
School of Information
The University of Arizona
1103 E 2nd Street
Tucson, AZ 85721
If you are a current student in the Master of Arts in Library and Information Science program and meet the minimum requirements for this certificate, please submit the following:
Both the application and written statement will be reviewed by the Certificate Coordinator for a decision. Please contact Barb Vandervelde at 520-621-3567 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
No standardized tests required.
Financial Aid Opportunities are available for students completing a certificate program through UAOnline. Please 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 Graduate Funding Page for information and deadlines to apply: https://ischool.arizona.edu/graduate-funding.
Fall Semester: February 1
Spring Semester: September 15
Summer Semester: March 15
International Admission Deadlines:
Fall Semester: February 1
Spring Semester: September 1
Summer Semester: March 1
The certificate will require 18 credit hours. Nine (9) credits will consist of required core courses plus a required internship of 3 credits. The remaining 6 credits will be chosen from electives approved by the School of Information.
Required Courses [9 credits]:
Choose One [3 credits]:
Electives [3-6 credits]:
Please note: Other elective courses may be approved by the Certificate Advisor, Dr. Bruce Fulton.
No minor requirements.