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Law Librarianship Career Opportunities  

Last Updated: Oct 2, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates
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Jobs, Education & Salary

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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), 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.

2013 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: $56,798 to $120,182
    (plus average annual bonuses from $2,804 to $9,382)
  • Academic:
    $50,734 to $160,242
  • State, county and court:
    $52,845 to $93,439

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

  • Education and Careers
    The American Library Association (ALA) provides an overview of the profession with data on salaries and job availability and additional information on education and degrees, professional development, and employment opportunities.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook: Librarians
    Overview from Bureau of Labor Statistics on what librarians do, job outlook, necessary education, and median salary.
  • Placement and Salaries: 2013
    An annual Library Journal feature with data on new librarian salaries and job placement.
  • Scholarships & Grants for Librarians
    An index to scholarships to help fund library school from Library Land.

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