In our global society, digital technology and electronic communications are at the heart of library and information science. The role of the law librarian is more important than ever as a result of the rapid proliferation of information on the Internet and technological advances. While electronic research may make more information available to attorneys, the librarian is the key to accessing such information in a time efficient and cost effective manner.
Law libraries sit at the crossroads of print and electronic information as more and more traditional print sources convert to digital formats. However, many librarians today are unprepared to address complex legal issues such as copyright, licensing, and privacy that arise from accessing the Internet, digital publications, and databases.
The dual-degree program in Law Librarianship and Information Law has been designed to empower librarians to better address legal issues concerning the morass of information in today’s digital world. This unique dual-degree program will give students the foundational knowledge and specialized skills to be effective and successful law librarians across a range of information environments, including corporate, academic, public, and specialized libraries.
The 45-credit program features a common core of courses, which reduces the total number of credits required for a dual degree. Students may enroll in the program on a full-time or part-time basis.
- The MSLIS curriculum includes courses in the areas of law, policy, government, international documents, and business (27 credits).
- The LL.M. curriculum includes courses in the areas of copyright, internet law, privacy, and mass media law (12 credits).
- The common curriculum (6 credits) includes course credit for a Thesis and a Practicum in the Brooklyn Law School Library.
- Students will have faculty advisors at both institutions.