JD/MLIS (Master of Library and Information Sciences)

Explore our combined Juris Doctor (JD) and MLIS degree

Marking a collaboration between our school and the School of Information Management, Dalhousie was the first Canadian university in Canada to offer this combination of a Juris Doctor (JD) and a Master of Information and Library Science (MILS). Both degrees are obtained in four years, rather than five if taken separately. A total of 12 half credit MLIS courses (36 credit hours) and 79 - 83 JD credit hours are needed to complete the MLIS/JD program.

Your career development

This degree allows you to pursue a career as a:

  • Legal librarian
  • Government information or legal officer
  • Parliamentary research officer
  • Federal or provincial clerk or policy officer
  • IP, Internet, media, technology or research lawyer
  • Legal editor or publisher.

Entry requirements

To gain acceptance onto this combined degree program, you must satisfy the entrance requirements of both our JD program and the School of Information Management’s Master of Information Management program. You may submit LSAT results in lieu of GMAT results.


The program consists of the following:

Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4

Electives of particular interest to students in the JD/MLIS program include:

Find out more

If you'd like to know more, please contact either MPA admissions team member deborah.mccoll@dal.ca or our own director of admissions Rose.Godfrey@Dal.Ca.