J.D./M.L.S. Program

The J.D./M.L.S. Program allows students who are interested in a career in law librarianship to simultaneously pursue a Juris Doctor degree and a Master of Library Science degree. This joint degree option is available to both Day and Evening Program students. The School of Library and Information Sciences requires 24 semester hours of required and elective courses in the MLS program and 88 semester hours of required and elective courses in the JD program for the joint Juris Doctor/Master of Library Science degree.

A degree in law and one in library science are essential to effective leadership in law librarianship, and also allow students to prepare for a career in law librarianship and legal research. This program allows students to pursue the Juris Doctor degree and a Master of Library Science degree simultaneously. Students interested in this program should apply directly both to the School of Law and to the School of Library and Information Sciences.

The joint program is structured to allow the student to earn both degrees in less time than is required to earn each degree separately. This program can be completed in a minimum of three calendar years. Upon successful completion of a minimum of 88 semester hours of required and elective courses, the School of Law grants the degree of Juris Doctor. Nine semester hours of library science courses will meet the electives for the law degree. Students should contact the School of Law’s Registrar, Carol Chestnut, about its specific requirements for the joint program (919-530-6286).

Required Courses (taken in the order listed or concurrently)
LSIS 5000, Foundations of Librarianship and Information Services.
LSIS 5225, Selection and Use of Information Sources.
LSIS 5120, Management and Systems Analysis.
LSIS 5425, Organization of Information.
LSIS 5325, Uses and Users of Information
LSIS 5140, The Special Library/Information System
LSIS 5810, Research Methods.
One other course in the School of Library and Information Sciences