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Law Librarianship Career Opportunities  

Last Updated: Jun 18, 2013 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates
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Jobs, Education & Salary

Drake law librarians
offer a research refresher.

Most law librarians work at law schools, law firms, corporations, state, county and court law libraries, and companies selling legal information products. According to data from the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), about one-third of law librarians have a JD. An “overwhelming majority” have an MLS (master of library science).

Some law school libraries are beginning to advertise positions for people who only have a JD or who have a JD and have started an MLS program, but AALL indicates those job openings are definitely the exception.

2011 AALL data shows average annual salaries for different types of law librarians. The range reflects the variety of professional positions available in each library, from generalist to director.

  • Private firm/corporation: $46,314 to $115,038
    (plus average annual bonuses from $2,110 to $9,882)
  • Academic:
    $46,622 to $154,253
  • State, county and court:
    $54,861 to $96,251

Law Librarianship

  • Law Library Careers
    This AALL site includes links to general information about law librarianship, job opportunities, educational requirements, scholarships, and more.
  • Drake Law Librarians
    The librarians are listed under Faculty. We’d be happy to talk to Drake law students about law librarianship. Feel free to stop by or e-mail.
  • Why Did You Become a Law Librarian?
    A sample of AALL members share why they chose their profession.

Librarianship in General

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