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Are there any law librarians here? I already have a JD and am contemplating pursing this path. I'd love to hear more about the field in general, what people have to say about the work, and how hard is to get a job in general. Thanks!
There are a few of us here (there's a separate but mostly dormant group on LT as well).
I've been a law librarian for almost 15 years and I'm still finding it enjoyable. As with all jobs, the work is what you make of it. Since I like technology, I'm keeping up with electronic databases and web sites, but also some changes in cataloging procedures on the side. I work with faculty and teach students from time to time, but on occasion I help public patrons (including local attorneys and judges).
You've probably already found our national organization -- http://www.aallnet.org/ -- which has a free "Career Center" that you can view what jobs are available (most jobs are posted between April and September as the organization is predominately made up of academic librarians). While I can't say that it's easy to get a job, I don't think it's any harder than any other job application -- show that you have some skills and you'll find somebody who will take a chance on you. The salary depends on urban/rural factors (and, of course, skills and position wanted), but it's comparable to public service legal jobs.
If you have other questions, feel free to keep this thread going or PM me.
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