What financial assistance is available?
Student loans, scholarships, and grants may be available to finance at least part of your costs of a library or law degree.
The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) is committed to providing opportunities for professional growth. Each year, the Association awards scholarships in significant amounts in the categories listed below to assist individuals in achieving their goal of becoming law librarians. Minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.
- AALL Educational Scholarships
Educational scholarships are available from the American Association of Law Libraries to assist individuals studying to become law librarians with their educational expenses.
- LexisNexis John R. Johnson Memorial Scholarship
The LexisNexis®/John R. Johnson Memorial Scholarship fund is allocated at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee.
- George A. Strait Minority Scholarship
The George A. Strait Minority Scholarship is awarded to college graduates with law library experience who are members of a minority group as defined by current U.S. government guidelines and are degree candidates in accredited library or law schools and who intend to have a career in law librarianship.
The American Library Association (ALA) and Special Libraries Association (SLA) also award many scholarships each year. The Gates Millennium Scholarship Program targets the field of library science, among other fields.
Do AALL chapters and special interest sections also provide financial assistance?
Many local and regional Chapters and Special Interest Sections. (SIS) of the American Association of Law Libraries offer scholarships and grants for library and law school students. If you need financial assistance in becoming a law librarian, it is a good idea to check with the chapter(s) in your region, or an SIS that may be related to your area of interest, to see if additional assistance may be available.
Local and regional chapters that offer scholarships to students attending library or law school include:
You may also want to view the websites of all of the Chapters and Special Interest Sections.
Where can I obtain career advice?
We recommend that you talk to practicing law librarians at a nearby law school, law firm, or public law library. Most law librarians will be happy to talk to you about the profession and answer your questions. Many large cities and several regions of the country have local organizations of law librarians, called AALL Chapters. Contact chapters to identify law librarians, attend chapter meetings, and educate yourself!
I have other questions about becoming a law librarian. Whom can I contact?
Please contact Hannah Phelps, the Membership Services Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will forward your request to the committee.