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What training do I need?

Qualifications can be attained by attending a library and information management training course offered by the schools of librarianship and information studies at Universities. These courses provide the basic training in this career and there are often opportunities to pursue particular subject interests during the course. There is currently no formal qualification in legal information management. Grants or bursaries may be available for full-time students and interested applicants are advised to apply to the relevant schools of library and information science.

There are often pre-qualification traineeships available for a period of a year with various firms and other organisations. These provide an excellent opportunity to see if working as a Legal Information Professional is for you.

Encompass (positive action trainee scheme) is a CILIP project aimed at increasing numbers of candidates from the ethnic minorities choosing LIS work as a career.

BIALL offers a number of courses for Legal Information Professionals. These include a one day introductory course and short courses on a range of relevant topics. A one-year evening course in law for librarians is run in association with the University of Westminster. Please see Events, Training & Conferences for more information.