State of the Profession


The AALL State of the Profession Report provides an overview of the law library and legal information landscape. This report captures the range of legal information professionals’ contributions and talents, challenges, and goals for the future. It is intended to be used as a tool for benchmarking, advocacy, strategic planning, and personal development. The inaugural edition was published in 2019 and the next edition is scheduled to be published in June 2021.


The State of the Profession Special Committee reviewed and revised the surveys that inform the  AALL State of the Profession Report to ensure they reflect the current state of law librarianship and the legal information profession.  The committee produced separate instruments for academic, firm/corporate, and government settings. All U.S.-based AALL members working in law library (or equivalent) settings were invited to complete the updated survey on January 12, 2021. Responses were due February 16, 2021.


The report published in Spring 2019 is available for purchase. The following options are available: PrintDigital, and the Print+Digital Bundle. The complimentary Snapshot provides a preview of the full report. Details on purchasing the 2021 edition will be posted when available.


The 2019 AALL State of the Profession Report was covered by ABA Journal and 3 Geeks and a Law. Robert Ambrogi wrote about the publication for Above the Law and LawSites and discussed it with former AALL President Femi Cadmus during an episode of his LawNext podcast.


If you have questions, please contact Director of Content Strategy Megan Mall.