MS-LS in Law Librarianship

Law Librarianship & Legal Informatics

The law librarianship and legal informatics program of study will prepare graduates for careers in law libraries, information organizations using legal information resources and information publishers. Law librarians play key roles as information professionals in the management of information, training, and information organization in many diverse settings including law schools, courts, private law firms, corporations, government departments and agencies, or in correctional institutions.

General Requirements

  1. Total coursework is 36 credit hours (12 courses).
  2. Enroll in INFO 5090 (practicum/practicum) unless officially waived based on previous professional and industry experience.
  3. Complete the End of Program Assessment - During the final semester before graduation, enroll, take, and pass the comprehensive examination OR complete two Advanced Seminar courses (INFO 5970 & INFO 5980) during your last semesters before graduation. 

Required Courses (9 hours)

INFO 5000 – Information and Knowledge Professions
INFO 5200 – Information Organization
INFO 5600 – Information Access and Knowledge Inquiry

Guided Electives

Completion of at least two of the following major prescribed courses (6 hours) with the guidance of the academic advisor:

INFO 5080 – Research Methods and Analysis
INFO 5210 – Resource Description and Access I
INFO 5223 – Metadata and Networked Information Organization & Retrieval I
INFO 5300 – Management of Information Agencies
INFO 5400 – Information Resources Development

Completion of at least two courses (6 hours) from the list of courses below with the guidance of the academic advisor:

INFO 5366 – Law Library Management
INFO 5647 – Legal Information Access and Services
INFO 5960 – Advanced Legal Information and Legal Informatics

General Electives

Completion of additional four elective courses (12 hours) from the categories listed below in addition to INFO 5090 Practicum, if it is not waived by the advisor.

Information Resources and Retrieval

INFO 5615 – Electronic Data Bases and Information Services
INFO 5637 – Medical Informatics
INFO 5646 – Information and Access Services in Business
INFO 5660 – Government Information and Access Services

Information Technology

INFO 5224 – Metadata and Networked Information Organization & Retrieval II (Advanced Topics in Metadata) 

INFO 5711 – Internet Applications for Information Professionals
INFO 5712 – Horizon Technologies for Library and Information Centers
INFO 5713 – Telecommunications for Information Professionals
INFO 5730 – Microcomputer Applications for Information Management
INFO 5750 – Automation and Information Processing
INFO 5814 – Web Content Development and Maintenance

Management

INFO 5303 – Financial and Human Resource Management in Information Agencies
INFO 5305 – Systems Analysis and Design
INFO 5306 – Project Management for Information Systems
INFO 5960 – Knowledge Management
INFO 5960 – Information Policy INFO 5960 – Intellectual Property for Information Professionals

School Library Certification students should see the respective program pages for specific requirements, as their options may differ from other programs. 

Further information concerning these requirements may be obtained through the department.

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