The Certificate provides students with a background necessary to serve in a wide variety of libraries, (public, academic, school), special libraries, archives, government agencies and businesses where legal information is important to the mission of the endeavor.
As law firms grow in size and become more specilized, there is a growing need for researchers able to investigate legal issues and the underlying factual issues of litigation and transactional law. It is hard to imagine a discipline where legal issues don't regularly arise. The programs will provide students with the necessary skills to research all legal matters, from simple to complex. Students will develop a sophisticated knowledge of the American legal system and the common law as well as the regulatory and legislative state. This certificate will allow paralegals or law librarians to develop their information skills to enhance their careers. These skills should propel graduates into professional environments such as academic libraries, public libraries, some law firms and government agencies.