J.D./MSLIS - Library and Information Science

Joint Degrees

Joint Degrees

In an age of interrelated professions and career goals, Brooklyn Law School has been a leader in co-sponsoring joint-degree programs with other prominent New York City institutions. Each program is carefully designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in interrelated professions. The joint degree programs enable students to earn the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree concurrently and in less time with one of the Master's degrees listed below.

Credits earned outside the Law School and used toward a J.D., including non-Law School credits toward a joint degree, count toward the overall credits required for graduation, but do not count toward the 65 “classroom credits” required for graduation. For further information, please contact the Registrar’s office or refer to our Student Handbook.

Brooklyn Law School and the Graduate School of Information and Library Science of Pratt Institute jointly sponsor a program leading to the degrees of Juris Doctor (J.D.) and Master of Science in Library and Information Science (MSLIS).

Pratt Institute’s School of Information and Library Science is the only ALA-accredited graduate school of information and library science based in Manhattan, and the oldest LIS school in North America. This exciting program builds upon Pratt’s distinguished reputation in art and design and approaches the study of information science with creativity and innovation, of particular importance in today’s digital age. The combined program prepares students for careers in law librarianship and related fields. The J.D. in addition to the MS degree are now required for many academic law library positions and becoming more important in the private sector as well, particularly in law firms and database publishing companies.

Pratt Institute admits students for the Fall, Spring or Summer semesters. The Library and Information Science program is offered only on a part-time basis, with evening and weekend courses. Of the 36 credits required for the MSLIS, nine credits earned by successfully completing approved law school courses may be applied towards that degree. Similarly, a student may receive up to nine of the 86 credits for the J.D. degree by successfully completing approved course work in the MS program. If law school is pursued on a full-time basis, the program may be completed in three to four years depending on the number of summer courses. If the entire program is pursued part-time, it may be completed in four to five years depending on the number of summer courses.

Students seeking additional information on admissions and curriculum at Pratt should contact:

Quinn Lai
Assistant for Academic Services
Phone: 212-647=7701
Email: qlai@pratt.edu

http://www.pratt.edu/academics/information_and_library_sciences/dual_degree_programs/dual_jd_law/

Have questions? We have answers.

Brendan Flynn
Academic Services Coordinator

1 Boerum Place
Brooklyn, NY 11201
P: (718) 780-5753
brendan.flynn@brooklaw.edu