Body of Knowledge [BoK]


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WE’RE LEADERS IN LEGAL INFORMATION. The AALL Body of Knowledge (BoK)—designed to serve as a blueprint for career development—defines the domains, competencies, and skills today’s legal information professionals need for success.

DOMAINS: core content areas of expertise

COMPETENCIES: key knowledge areas required for proficiency in each domain

SKILLS: actions demonstrating the required knowledge and experience to appropriately practice the competency

WE STAY AHEAD OF THE GAME. As the profession evolves, so must the BoK. The BoK is future-focused and sets the stage for continued development; regular reviews and updates will maintain the BoK’s relevance as shifts in the profession and industry occur.

The Body of Knowledge replaced the AALL Competencies of Law Librarianship, Executive Board Meeting, July 15, 2022, Tab 9.

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AALL’s Body of Knowledge (BOK) Competencies Self-Assessment will help you gauge not only where there is alignment with the BoK, but also where opportunities exist for improvement and enhancement. This tool is self-scored with no right or wrong answers. Use the results to make a professional development plan and complete the competencies tool at desired intervals to measure growth over time. Receive a curated list of AALL educational resources based on your individual responses.


WE’RE YOUR ADVANTAGE. Legal information professionals look to AALL for tools, timely and relevant resources, and authoritative strategies to help them excel as legal information experts. The BoK assists legal information professionals in identifying strengths and opportunities.

SPECIAL INTERESTS, SKILL GAPS? To assist members in acquiring the knowledge and expertise set forth in the BoK, all AALL professional development content—including AALL Annual Meeting & Conference programs, publications, webinars, and resources—identifies applicable domains.