Guide people through legal resources to help them find what they need.
What does a Law Librarian do?
A Law Librarian guides people – usually Lawyers, Paralegals, and Legal Assistants, as well as law students and Lawmakers – through a labyrinth of legal resources so they can find what they’re looking for. You see, the law is a lot like a foreign language. To understand it, most people turn to Lawyers, Judges, and Police Officers, who often act as Translators for the general public. When the Translators themselves need translation, however, they turn to a Law Librarian, or Legal Librarian.
If you’re a Law Librarian, you’re not just a legal Translator; you’re a veritable Tour Guide of American justice. You know where to find information about a local, state, or federal law, or the verdict from a criminal or civil court case. You can locate any article that was published in a legal journal. You even know where to find contact information for a specific Lawyer or law firm.
Like all Librarians, your chief occupation as a Law Librarian is research. You just happen to do it in a law library, which might be located at a private law firm, at a university, or in a government courthouse.
Regardless of where it’s at, your library needs you to use online legal databases as well as offline legal texts. You therefore spend your days familiarizing yourself with new and existing resources, then helping legal professionals use them to research court cases and legal arguments.
Of course, you’re also in charge of library administration, which means maintaining the library’s collection, ordering new materials, supervising staff and managing budgets, as well as cataloging and shelving books. The only on-the-job hazard, therefore: paper cuts.