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heart_lawproffLaw Librarian/Media Specialist

Librarians specialize according to the type of library they work in (e.g., public library, school library media center, college, or law school) and the groups they work with (e.g., children, young adults, or the disadvantaged). In school library media centers, librarians — often called school media specialists — help teachers develop curricula and acquire materials for classroom instruction. They also conduct classes for students on how to use library resources for research projects.

A career as a librarian typically requires a bachelor’s degree in any subject and master’s degree in library science or information studies. Most graduate programs take one to two years to complete. Librarians in special libraries usually have additional post-secondary degrees to supplement their knowledge of the subject. For example, librarians in a law library will probably have a law degree.

In May 2010, the median annual pay for librarians was $54,500, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Salaries of librarians vary according to the individual’s qualifications and the type, size, and location of the library. 

Law Professor

Law professors are legal scholars who teach courses designed to train law students. They research, write, and publish ideas in their area of expertise. Typically, they have flexible schedules, e.g., teaching nine months of the year, researching and writing during the summer. Many frequently attend conferences and seminars with other professors in the same field.

Law professors must have an undergraduate degree and a law degree. Many law professors hold other advanced degrees, such as doctorates in fields including economics, psychology, history, and literature. A law professor does not have to have experience practicing law. In fact, many professors have never practiced law.

In May 2010, the median annual pay for postsecondary teachers was $62,050, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Salaries average a little under $150,000 per year. Tenured law professors at top schools can earn well over $200,000. Many law professors also receive income from published books and some also from consultant work.