February 9, 2006
Bibliolex is a blog created by a graduate student in the last semester of his/her library science program to record his/her experiences during a semester-long internship at a law school library.
From the first post:
I've had an ongoing "is this really a good idea?" interest in law libraries since we toured a firm library as part of the Special Libraries course. High-level research assistance for knowledgeable professionals seems right up my alley. The "good idea" caveat is mostly my lack of JD and legal research experience speaking.
Note to student blogger: You won't learn legal research in law school unless a law librarian is teaching it to you. And the best way to acquire legal research experience is by doing it while applying what you have learned in library school.
Don't eliminate academic law libraries as a possible career option. If I had to make a hiring decision in the abstract, I'd pick a recent library school graduate without a JD over a recent law school graduate without an MLS for an entry level Reference Librarian job. One can learn the vocabulary of law quicker than one can comprehend the structure of legal literature and its access points and routes.
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