Reference Librarian


The Leigh H. Taylor Law Library at Southwestern Law School has an opening for an entry-level Reference Librarian. The primary responsibilities of this position are to provide high-quality library research and information services to faculty, students and alumni and to teach legal research in a variety of settings. Some evening and weekend work is required. Teaching responsibilities include the research component of the first-year Legal Analysis, Writing, and Skills course.  The Reference Librarian may also teach an advanced or specialized legal research course for upper division students. Teaching may be in the classroom or online.  The successful candidate will give library tours and presentations for faculty, staff, students and other visitors.  The Reference Librarian also will participate in collection development, and prepare library guides, handouts, and other research tools. The librarian may also complete other designated projects and oversee special services such as an archive collection or digitization projects. This position reports to the Associate Director of the Law Library. The Reference Librarian will be active in law and library professional organizations.

Education Requirements:

  • Juris Doctor from A.B.A.-approved law school.
  • Master’s Degree in Library or Information Science from A.L.A.-accredited school.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Knowledge of legal materials and current research methods.
  • Demonstrated or clear potential to excel in teaching.
  • Commitment to expanding, improving, and promoting library services.
  • Organizational and project management skills and ability to work as part of a team.
  • Ability to interact positively with students, faculty, staff and the public.
  • A strong service orientation.
  • Demonstrated written and oral communication skills.
  • Archival experience, or a desire to work with an archive, is a plus. 

To Apply:

Please submit a letter of interest, a detailed CV listing qualifications and experience, the names and contact information for at least three professional references.  Email application materials to  Review of applications will begin immediately and an interview at the AALL annual meeting in Washington DC may be possible.

About Southwestern:

Founded in 1911, Southwestern Law School is a nonprofit, nonsectarian independent law school approved by the American Bar Association and a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Southwestern is known for its innovative programs, for being a national leader in legal education reform, and for its award-winning campus. The law library is housed in the art deco landmark Bullocks Wilshire Building. The library staff of 13 provide library services to over 50 faculty, 800 current students and a large alumni base. Southwestern offers a collegial work environment and competitive salary and benefits program. Southwestern is committed to faculty and staff diversity.