Law Librarian Career Information, Job Outlook & Salary

Law Librarian

Law Librarian Career Overview

Law librarians are information specialists working in law firms, courts, or academic settings. Each day, a law librarian may be asked to find a specific document or case report, perform research online, and organize shelves and files. As more information is available online, the job of a law librarian is becoming more computer-based. Many law librarians work in law libraries at universities, while others work for law firms or local and federal courts.

Law Librarian Education

Most law librarians hold a master's degree in library science and have a thorough understanding of the legal system, though some federal agencies will hire librarians with extensive experience even if they don't have a master's degree. Law librarians come from a variety of backgrounds--some transition from other libraries, while others are former lawyers. Online degree programs in library science can make sense for those looking to transition into a career as a librarian.

Law Librarian Employment

Today there are 151,000 librarians working in all types of libraries. After elementary and secondary schools, universities and government institutions are the largest employers. Law librarians employed by the executive branch of the federal government earn the most money.

Law Librarian Job Description

Employment of librarians is expected to grow by 4 percent from 2006 to 2016. Although this is slower than average growth, two-thirds of today's librarians are forty five or older, meaning many openings will result from retirement.

Law Librarian Salary Range

Annual wages for librarians varies depending on location, field, and experience. *Salaries are highest in Washington, D.C. and California, and most fall within the following range:
Bottom 10 percent: $33,190
Top 10 percent: $81,130

*Bureau of Labor Statistics

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