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Program/Degree
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
College of Social & Behavioral Sciences  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Contacts
Admissions Contact
Grace Ann Green
Graduate Program Coordinator
Grace Ann Green
Director of Graduate Studies
Hong Cui
520-621-3565
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Kristi Renee Davenport
520-626-1930
 
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 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:

  • Upload unofficial transcripts from ALL higher education institutions attended in ‘Supplemental Questions’ section;
  • Upload a current resumé or curriculum vitae (CV) in the ‘Supplemental Questions’ section;
  • Write a 750-1000 word written statement of introduction and interest in the program in the ‘Supplemental Questions’ section;
  • Provide email addresses and contact information for two (2) recommenders in the ‘Letters of Recommendation’ section.

Please email official e-Transcripts to si-transcripts@email.arizona.edu 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
Harvill 409
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:

  • Complete and submit a GradApp application;
  • Write a 750-1000 word written statement of introduction and interest in the program in the ‘Supplemental Questions’ section;
  • Unofficial transcripts, a current resume, and letters of recommendation are not required for current students.  Write ‘NA’ for these fields, and submit the application.

Both the application and written statement will be reviewed by the Certificate Coordinator for a decision.  Please contact Grace Green, Program Coordinator at 520-626-5230 or greeng@email.arizona.edu with questions.

 
Standardized Tests

No standarized tests required.

 
Financial Aid

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: https://ischool.arizona.edu/graduate-student-aid.

 
Admissions Deadlines

Admission Deadlines:

Fall Semester: February 15

Spring Semester: October 15

Summer Semester: March 15

 

International Admission Deadlines:

Fall Semester: February 15

Spring Semester: September 1

Summer Semester: March 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.

 
Student Handbook
http://si.arizona.edu/policies-school-information-programs-graduate  
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Last revised 07 Nov 2017