Law librarians work in many different settings. They can be
found in academic law libraries, in state- and county-level public
law libraries, in court houses, government agencies, corporate
legal departments, private law firms, and other environments. Their
patrons range from the general public, to law students, to
attorneys, and possibly judges. Some law librarians have a J.D., or
law degree, but it is certainly not necessary to work in the
field. Some positions, especially reference positions, list
it as a desired, but not required, qualification.
Within the profession there are a number of sub-specialties.
Law librarians are government information librarians, legal
catalogers, technical services specialists, web design experts,
information resources managers, research specialists, competitive
intelligence analysts, and many other job titles and areas of
specialization exist within law librarianship.
Law librarians work in and contribute to the fast-paced legal
information society by meeting the challenges of managing and
accessing information. Provide skilled and customized
reference services, including specialized subject services on legal
and non-legal topics. Evaluate the quality, authenticity, accuracy,
and cost of information resources in a variety of formats best
suited to the user's needs, and conveys the importance of these to
the user. Assist users with legal research using information
resources in a variety of formats best suited to the user's needs.
Aggregate content from a variety of sources and synthesizes
information to create customized products for users. Understand the
practical application of creating, accessing, and managing
information including databases, integrated library systems,
client-server applications, hardware, software, web applications,
mobile applications, networks, and electronic information
resources. Evaluate information resources in all formats,
integrates them to meet the needs of users, and discards or
archives them as appropriate.
Advisor: Prof. Ralph Monaco
CORE THEORY AND KNOWLEDGE
- Understands the social, political, economic, and technological
context in which the legal system exists.
- Demonstrates knowledge of the legal system and the legal
- Aggregates content from a variety of sources and synthesize
information to create customized products for users.
- Evaluates the quality, authenticity, accuracy, and cost of
information resources in a variety of formats best suited to the
user's needs, and conveys the importance of these to the user.
- Understands the practical application of creating, accessing,
and managing information including databases, integrated library
systems, client-server applications, hardware, software, web
applications, mobile applications, networks, and electronic
- Ensures the optimal use of legal library facilities to
accommodate the evolving needs of users and staff by exhibiting
leadership skills including critical thinking, risk taking,
creativity, negotiation, collaboration, and change management.
LIS 243 – LAW LIBRARY ADMINISTRATION
Law library administration from strategic and short-term planning
to budgeting, personnel management, facilities planning, CLE and
record management, organizational structures and technology
integration. Issues will be examined from academic, corporate
and private law firm perspectives.
LIS 254 – BASIC LEGAL RESEARCH
Basic tools and techniques of legal research using electronic and
print sources. Primary and secondary sources of law;
deciphering of citations; finding legal and business-related
materials with cost-efficient techniques. Prerequisite:
LIS 255 – ADVANCED LEGAL RESEARCH
Complex legal research problems such as corporate research; patent
prosecution, international and foreign law research; coordinated
approaches to tax research, labor and employment law.
Advanced WESTLAW, LEXIS and BLOOMBERG LAW training.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED COURSES
LIS 267 – INFORMATION SOURCES IN BUSINESS &
Print and electronic information resources and services in
business, economics, finance, and related literature.
Organization, administration, and services of business libraries'
information centers. Prerequisite: 265
LIS 269 – INTERNSHIPS
A supervised professional experience combining theory and practice
in a library or information center. Meetings and reports
LIS 281 – COMPETITIVE INTELLIGENCE
Monitoring the external environment to obtain and use primary and
secondary information that is relevant for the institutional
decision-making process. Identification, selection,
collection, interpretation and distribution of information with
LIS 282 – KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT
The process and practice of facilitating the operation, sharing,
acquisition and application of knowledge in an organization;
dissemination according to needs and preferences of
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