Legal

  • Law firms nearly always have a law library.
  • Corporate legal departments, particularly those of large companies, may have their own library. For example, Apple's legal department had a solo librarian to support their staff lawyers and maintain the intranet.
  • Law schools usually have their own specialized library to assist faculty and students.
  • Court libraries can be found at the federal, state and local level.
  • Subject knowledge is key to a career in this area. Many legal information professionals have JD degrees or paralegal credentials, though that is not always required.

Watch Cracking the Myth on Law Librarianship for more information about law library careers: http://ischool.sjsu.edu/about/webcasts/cracking-myth-law-librarianship

See this page for more about careers in legal librarianship and recommended iSchool courses to take to prepare for that career path:
http://ischool.sjsu.edu/current-students/career-pathways/special-librarianship/law-librarianship

Organization Position Location Responsibilities Qualifications Salary
Morgan, Lewis, & Bockius, LLP:
Competitive Intelligence Research Librarian
Philadelphia, PA
Research, analyze, & deliver corporate intelligence for corporate and customer growth MLIS; 3 years of legal & business research; Microsoft Office expertise; Web page development skills; Online searching in corporate database experience Not stated
Via KJM Staffing:
Legal Analyst
Washington DC or
Philadelphia, PA
Identify opportunities for developing new business and for strengthening relations with current clients Bachelor's required; MLIS preferred; 5 years in research role in law firm required; Advanced knowledge of corporate, legal databases Not stated
DTI:
Legal Research Specialist
Atlanta, GA
Provide expert research & analysis assistance using electronic resources; Participate in or manage large research projects; Provide investigative research using public records Bachelor's required; MLIS preferred; 3 years in a legal reference role; Advanced knowledge of corporate, legal databases Not stated
Clerk of the Court:
Law Librarian
Manassas, VA
Provide reference services and instruction; Manage library technical services, public services, budget, outreach, communication MLIS with law specialty; 1-2 years in law library; Knowledge of law library principles, materials, practices; Spanish language skills preferred $53,079 - $90,129
Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer, & Feld, LLP:
Research Librarian
Los Angeles, CA
Provide reference services and instruction; Perform collection management, circulation, interlibrary loan, and cataloging duties; Assist with business development research MLIS; 2 years law library experience; Substantive reference and research skills Not stated

Further reading:

This article offers advice from librarians working in the field of law librarianship: http://letterstoayounglibrarian.blogspot.com/2013/08/so-you-want-to-be-law-librarian-by.html