Brooklyn Law School, in connection with Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Sciences (SILS), is pleased to offer a new dual degree program, Law Librarianship and Information Law, in which students will earn a MSLIS (Master of Science in Librarianship and Information Science) with an LL.M. in Information Law and Society. The MSLIS with LL.M. program has been specially designed to empower law librarians to better address the intellectual property issues concerning the morass of information in today’s digital world. This unique program, the first of its kind in the United States, will give graduate 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.
“Law librarians are facing an explosion of information as more and more traditional print sources convert to digital formats, presenting a great opportunity to educate future librarians about the complexity of issues facing the legal profession today,” said Janet Sinder, Director of the Library and Associate Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School. “Graduate students well-versed in both library science and related legal issues will have a strategic edge as the profession moves forward in the digital age.”
The 45-credit, dual-degree program features a common core of courses to be taken at both the Law School and the Manhattan Center of the Pratt Institute (SILS). The program’s legal curriculum includes courses in the areas of copyright, Internet, privacy and mass media law, while the library science curriculum includes courses in the areas of law, policy, government, international documents, and business. Students in the program will also gain course credit for a thesis and a practicum.
“You can’t pick up a newspaper without seeing how issues in information science and intellectual property, copyright, privacy, and security are global issues affecting everyone from major corporations to individuals,” said Tula Giannini, Dean of SILS at Pratt Institute. “The Law Librarianship and Information Law program recognizes the need for specialized training on both the library sciences and legal fronts. A dual degree program offered by Pratt SILS and Brooklyn Law School is a natural collaboration to serve the legal community of New York City.”
Prospective students entering the program must have completed a J.D. degree at an ABA-accredited law school and must meet the degree requirements of Pratt Institute. Students must apply and be accepted to both Pratt Institute and Brooklyn Law School to be eligible to enroll in the program.
Learn more about the Law Librarianship and Information Law (MSLIS with LL.M.) program.