"Personal relationships matter here. The MLIS program has helped make me a fearless lawyer because of its focus on making connections and approaching people who have the information that you need—all skills I use every day.”

Lori O'Connor, MLIS/JD 2008


The MI/JD combined degree is a 4 year course of study leading to the combined degrees Master of Information (MI) and Juris Doctor (JD). A total of 12 half-credit MI courses (36 credit hours) and 79 to 83 JD credit hours are needed to complete the MI/JD program.

Possible careers

Legal librarians Intellectual property lawyers
Information officers (Federal Government) Internet and media lawyers
Legal officers (Federal Government) Technology lawyers
Parliamentary research officers Legal editors
Federal and provincial clerks Legal publishers
Federal or provincial policy officers
Research lawyers


Separate application packages must be submitted to each department.
Students who apply for the combined MI/JD program must meet the admissions standards of both the Schulich School of Law and the Department of Information Science.

Plan of study

INFO 0590.00
Practicum (optional, non-credit)
  LAWS 1001
Criminal Justice: The Individual and the State
INFO 5500
Information in Society
  LAWS 1002
Orientation To Law
INFO 5515
Organization of Information
  LAWS 1003
Fundamentals of Public Law
INFO 5520
Research Methods
  LAWS 1004
Legal Research and Writing
INFO 5530
Information Sources, Services & Retrieval
  LAWS 1005
Property in its Historical Context
INFO 5570
Organizational Management & Strategy
  LAWS 1006
Tort Law and Damage Compensation
INFO 5590
Information Management Systems
  23-25 hours of JD classes including:
INFO 6540
Data Management
  LAWS 2061
Civil Procedure
Advanced technology requirement (choose one of the options below):   LAWS 2062
Constitutional Law
INFO 6270
Introduction to Data Science
  LAWS 2201
Compulsory Moot
INFO 6513
Business Analytics and Data Visualization
A major paper course
INFO 6550
Bibliometrics & Scholarly Communication
  LAWS 2099
The Legal Profession & Professional Responsibility
INFO 6620
Web Design and Architecture
A major paper course
INFO 6681
Geospatial Information Management
INFO 6840
Content Management Systems
Four MI electives    


  • Not all courses are offered every year. It is the students' responsibility to ensure they plan their schedule accordingly. Combined degree students are advised on an individual basis to assist with course selection.
  • View MI and JD course descriptions and syllabi
  • INFO 5570: To be taken in the final year of the MI/JD degree.
  • Students may take electives outside SIM
  • As indicated in section 5.1 of the Graduate Studies Calendar (under “Program Fee Programs”), combined degree students must register for REGN 9999 in every term to ensure fees are generated properly. This course is listed as “Registration Course-Graduate” in the Academic Timetable.
For information about MI/JD program:
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Department of Information Science
MI Program Staff
(902) 494-3656
Schulich School of Law
JD Admissions Office
(902) 494-2068

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