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JD-Master of Science in Library and Information Science

Our joint JD-Master of Science in Library and Information Science Program is ideal for students who wish to apply a thorough knowledge of law to pursue careers in academic, private or government law libraries.

Students take courses at the law school and Drexel's College of Computing and Informatics, earning degrees from both. In addition to acquiring basic skills in the two disciplines, students gain a unique perspective on legal research and its application in legal practice.

Students take their first year of study at the law school where they complete the standard first-year curriculum. They spend the second year completing a combination of law school courses and core library science courses at the College of Computing and Informatics. During the third year, they take required and elective courses at both schools. Depending on the pace of coursework they select, students finish the two degrees in three to four years. Both degrees are awarded simultaneously.

Faculty at both schools excel at research and teaching. The law school faculty includes nationally recognized experts in varied fields of legal practice and legal research. The College of Computing and Informatics, one of only 63 schools accredited by the American Library Association, is home to over 50 faculty members that represent nearly every perspective in the information field.

Applicants to the JD-MSLIS Program must possess a baccalaureate degree. They must meet admission criteria at both schools. These include a superior undergraduate GPA, a satisfactory score on the LSAT, (which is accepted by the College of Computing and Informatics in lieu of the GRE) at least two letters of recommendation and, for admission to the College of Computing and Informatics, a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 in the either the fall or spring semester of the first year of law school.

Length of the Program

3 - 3.5 years

Admissions Process

Students accepted to the Kline School of Law may apply for the MSLIS before matriculation or at the end of their first year in the law school. No standardized tests are required if the student has taken the LSAT. To apply, students will complete the release form. The College of Computing and Informatics will request the student’s law admissions materials for review, so the student need not re-order these materials or request them.

Curriculum

Students spend their first year full-time in Law, and then take classes simultaneously in both programs beginning in their second year. Many of the Library Information and Science courses are delivered in an online format. The programs share credits such that students must complete a minimum of 79 Law credits (rather than 85) and a minimum of 36 Library Information and Science credits (rather than 45). Students must complete all specific course requirements in both programs, as well as the 50 pro bono hours required for the JD. Students are not permitted to take Summer quarter courses in Library Information and Science due to academic calendar regulations.

Sample Plan of Study

Financial Awards

There is little departmental aid available for the Library and Information Science portion of the degree. Law scholarships are awarded for law tuition based on applicant record. Tuition and fee rates can be found here.

Conditions

A 2.5 minimum cumulative law GPA is required for acceptance to the MSLIS as part of this program. Students’ acceptance prior to Law matriculation may be conditional on this GPA. Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA in the College of Computing and Informatics, with no course grade below a “B”, to remain in good standing and complete the program. For the 6 semester credits (9 quarter credits) in Law that the College of Computing and Informatics will accept toward the MSLIS, the student must earn a minimum grade of “B”. Students must maintain a 2.20 cumulative GPA in the Kline School of Law to remain in good standing and complete the program.