Earn Your M.L.S. in Law Librarianship or Advanced
Through Online Learning, St. John’s offers the first,
fully online M.L.S. degree or Advanced Certificate with a
concentration in Law Librarianship. These online programs are of
the same high caliber as our traditional, on-campus program. The
credits earned are identical, too. No matter where you are in the
world, you can take advantage of all the resources St. John’s has
to offer, on a schedule that works for you.
The demand for well-qualified law librarians is on the rise. If you
pursue this dynamic field, you can enjoy a well-paid career at a
law firm, corporate legal department, court, government agency or
law school. Law librarianship is a natural career extension for
lawyers, paralegals, criminal justice students and those in
information science, however students from any major can apply.
Even if you have an M.L.S. in Library and Information Science, you
can prepare yourself for a new career by pursuing an Advanced
Certificate. Law librarians are among the best-paid and most
respected members of the profession.
Offered through our Division of Library and Information Science,
courses in Law Librarianship are taught by some of the nation’s
leading law librarians. Our program offers two convenient
paths to this rewarding field.
Master of Library and Information Science – In addition to the
six core courses required of all MLS students (LIS 203, LIS 204,
LIS 205, LIS 211, LIS 239 and LIS 240), students pursuing the Law
Librarianship concentration are required to take Law Library
Administration and Legal Research I and II.
Advanced Certificate – The technology rich Advanced Certificate
program provides an opportunity for those already possessing the MS
or MLS degree to specialize, and/or update their professional
education. The program allows an individualized multi-disciplinary
approach, based on the specific needs of the student. Nine
credits of this 24 credit program may be selected from outside the
Division, but within the University in a pertinent subject area.
You may enroll in the certificate program to take the four courses
of the concentration and then choose not to complete it. This will
provide the basic background for a career change. Of course
completing all eight courses of the certificate prepares you even
Online Learning programs are supported by a full range of online
student services such as online registration, advisement, financial
aid, library resources, campus ministry, career services and
- Choose a schedule that allows you to balance the demands of
your job and your family
- Use cutting-edge technology to connect to one of the most
renowned universities in the country (every student receives a well
- Personal support throughout every phase of the program
Students with a 3.4 or greater G.P.A. qualify for a generous
For more information on either the on-campus or online M.L.S. in
Law Librarianship, please contact:
Olson, Ph.D., J.D.
Associate Provost for Online Learning and Services
and Director of Library and Information Science