Law Dual Degree Program

MSIS/JD and MSLS/JD

In partnership with UNC's School of Law, this dual degree prepares students to deal with an ever increasing level of information literacy.

Issues such as public access to information, ownership of information, an individual's control over personal information, or an institution's reliance on information systems to accurately gather and analyze data all require critical legal analysis and knowledge of information systems and usage. Professionals with degrees in law and library science are employed in law schools, law firms, federal, state, and local courts, government agencies, and corporations.

Possession of both the law degree and the library science degree is a common requirement for entry-level positions in academic law libraries and both degrees are essential for advancement in the profession. Larger law firms are increasingly requiring that their librarians have a law degree plus an MSLS.


Admissions:

Admission to both the School of Law and SILS are required for students who wish to participate in the dual degree program. Each program will review each application separately. Applicants must meet the standards and requirements as set by each program. Students who are admitted into the program must start in the Law School due to the standards for legal education set by the American Bar Association and therefore must defer their admission to SILS for one year. More information about admission requirements for the Law School can be found on the Law School's admissions page and more information about admissions requirements for SILS can be found on the Graduate Admissions page.

Curriculum:

Students in the dual degree program may pursue either the MSIS or the MSLS degree along with the Juris Doctor (JD) degree. Students will have and advisor available to them at both SILS and the Law School.

MSIS Curriculum:

INLS 461: Information Tools

INLS 500: Human Information Interaction

INLS 509: Information Retrieval

INLS 520: Organization of Information

INLS 582: Systems Analysis

INLS 585: Mangement for Information Professionals

INLS 780: Research Methods

INLS 992: Masters Paper (for credits to count toward the J.D,; the paper must be on a legal topic)

MSLS Curriculum:

INLS 461: Information Tools

INLS 500: Human Information Interactions

INLS 501: Information Resources and Services

INLS 513: Resource Selection and Evaluation

INLS 520: Organization of Information

INLS 585: Mangement for Information Professionals

INLS 780: Research Methods

INLS 992: Masters Paper (for credits to count toward the J.D.; the paper must be on a legal topic)

Additional SILS Requirements for Dual Degree Candidates:

INLS 584: Information Ethics

INLS 707: Government Libraries

INLS 708: Law Libraries and Legal Information

INLS 795: Professional Field Experience (for credits to count toward the J.D., the field experience must be in a law library and under the supervision of a qualified law librarian)

Additional Law Requirements for Dual Degree Candidates: 

LAW 210 Copyright

LAW 265 Intellectual Property Law

LAW 267 Advanced Legal Reserach or Advanced Legal Research and Writing

LAW 357 Cyberspace Law Seminar

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