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Law Librarianship Career Opportunities: Resources for Exploring a Career as a Law Librarian

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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), over one-third of law librarians have a JD. Over 97 percent have a master's degree, with about 85 percent holding 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.

2015 AALL data shows average annual salaries for different types of law librarians. The range of these averages reflects the variety of professional positions available in each library, from generalist to director.

Private firm/corporation:
$42,227 to $144,629
(plus average annual bonuses $967-$9,704)

$48,405 to $160,027

State, county and court:
$55,986 to $94,419

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