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Alternative Juris Doctor Careers: Law Librarian | ALU

Alternative Juris Doctor Careers: Law Librarian | ALU

Though many people go to law school to obtain a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree in order to practice law, the degree may also be a valuable tool in other careers outside of public or private practice. The Abraham Lincoln University Blog will highlight other career options to pursue with your J.D. in a new series of posts. Up next: Law librarian.

Law Librarian

There are many part-time and full-time job opportunities for librarians, a profession with average growth in open opportunities for the next decade according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The reason for the growth is that many librarians are expected to retire in the next decade.

A Master’s degree in Library Science is required for many higher-level library jobs, but this is not always the case in law libraries, when a J.D. degree may serve as the advanced degree needed. The reason for this is that people who have studied in law school have a large amount of experience working and researching in law libraries, and are familiar with the materials law students and legal scholars use day by day. Law librarians should also be expert users of databases for legal research, such as Lexis-Nexis.

The average salary for librarians employed by colleges, professional schools and other postsecondary education institutions is $55,180.

To learn more about a career as a law librarian, visit the American Association of Law Libraries.

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