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 in the field, and ambitions for the future. It is intended to be used as a tool for benchmarking, advocacy, organizational planning, and personal development. The inaugural edition was published in 2019; the next edition is scheduled for Spring 2021.


The State of the Profession Special Committee is currently revising the existing survey that informs the  AALL State of the Profession Report to ensure it reflects the current state of law librarianship and the legal information profession. All AALL members will be invited to complete the revised survey, which is scheduled to be available in November 2020.


The report published in Spring 2019 is now 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 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.