State of the Profession


Released in 2019, the inaugural 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 report was published in April 2019 and 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.


The report’s release 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 AALL President Femi Cadmus during an episode of his LawNext podcast.


After working over the course of many months and with additional members of the legal information community, the State of the Profession Advisory Group launched the inaugural AALL State of the Profession Survey.

Separate instruments were created for academic, government, and private/corporate law libraries. A total of 883 responses were received.


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