bee wrote: Urmsplitter wrote:
John_rizzy_rawls wrote:I mean, leveraging is part of it. The other is that I'd rather hate Chicago or Ithica for 3yrs and have a job afterwards rather than love GWU for 3 years and be unemployed and in debt afterwards.
I haven't had any trouble finding law librarian positions! I think the pay bump for a JD might not be worth it but I'm told it makes a huge difference for academic law libraries. It would also make me more competitive for research and analysis positions...I wouldn't mind a little more respect from the really stuck up attorneys, but that might be asking for too much.
I considered going this route; any tips about researching it? Like any really good industry sites, etc. And is the masters in library sci necessary?
I think it must depend on your market because the law library association website says JDs do get hired and I've heard from some MLIS that you compete with JDs for them. Probably depends on the position too, technical services absolutely requires an MLS. There is a huge percentage of disgruntled attorneys in my program, but as far as I can tell none from T14 schools. The law librarian association isn't super helpful, but CUA has some good print resources that you might be able to track down online? I only got into it because my neighbor is a professor at my school and was the head of the law librarian association, haha. The professor I TA for is also active researcher in that area even though he worked for an engineering firm for most of his library career.
The faculty at my school are really great. I only went to library school because I got a shitty part-time library job after undergrad and found out after the fact that I got a 50% tuition discount. It's pretty expensive if you don't go to a state school and the biggest red flag is that they don't report employment in a way that's straightforward. I will say that I got into the field because law firms post a lot of entry level stuff, it seems like exclusively, on the l-school listservs. I'm under the impression that Pratt's program is good too.