Reference Librarian California Western School of Law

California Western School of Law (CWSL) seeks an energetic, highly motivated law librarian to provided excellent research and reference services to faculty and students, engage in legal research instruction, actively participate in collection development, and the creation of forward facing resources and guides.

The library consists of 11 total people in public services, technical services, and student computing. The library houses 466 student seats on four floors with over 36,000 square feet of space. The collection contains all major databases, and a substantial print collection consisting of over 60,000 monographs and 22,000 serials.

The primary responsibilities (include but are not limited to):

Provide reference assistance at the reference desk, including evening and weekend hours.
Provide specialized services to the law faculty, including advanced research, bibliographies, and current awareness.
Prepare bibliographies and other user aids, including multimedia tutorials, lessons, and guides.
Maintain the Library’s online resources webpage (currently a LibGuide).
Provide individual instruction on the use of resources in print, electronic and other formats.
Distribute WESTLAW/LEXIS account information to faculty, staff, and students.
In charge of Library when on duty during weekend and evening hours.
Provide oversight of the Student Computer Labs, in the absence of their assigned staff.
Fill in at the circulation desk when assigned staff are unavailable.
Perform minor maintenance on copiers.
Improve or automate processes as needed.

JD from ABA approved law school, MLS or equivalent from an ALA accredited program required.
Excellent communication and problem-solving skills required.
Demonstrated strong service orientation required.
Interest in teaching legal research required.
1-3 years academic law library experience preferred.
Prior teaching experience preferred.

Must possess high level of computer skills and proficiency using MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook.
Knowledge and proficiency in social media are required.
Must be familiar with Internet search engines.
Must be highly proficient with legal research databases such as Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, and familiar with other legal and government resources.
Must possess knowledge of effective internet search properties.
Aptitude for learning new technology will be beneficial.


Click the link below to complete an application through the CWSL Career Center website.

Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, and a list of at least 3 references who can speak directly to your education, training, or related skills to be considered for the position.

Application review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. First review of applications will start November 2, 2020.

About us:
California Western School of Law is San Diego’s oldest law school and will celebrate its 100th year anniversary in 2024. It is an ABA approved (1962), AALS member (1967), independent, not for profit law school with over 650 JD students and the nation’s only fully Spanish language LLM. Situated near downtown’s Little Italy district, with views of the bay, the downtown campus consists of a classroom building, administrative building and a modern, four story library dedicated by US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in 2000. Detailed information is available at

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The law school offers competitive benefits, including, but not limited to:

Up to 95 % employer medical contribution (depending on which plan/level the employee elects).
403 (b) employer retirement contribution of 8% (up to 8k per year) Fully and immediately vested.
Reduced summer work schedule (paid)
Paid winter break (week of x-mas through new year)
Additional 10+ paid holidays
Preapproved paid moving expenses
Wellness Programs

California Western School of Law is committed to using the law to prevent and solve human and societal problems. In conjunction with our mission – to train ethical, competent, and compassionate lawyers, representative of our diverse society and equipped to use the law effectively and creatively on behalf of all members of society – we value a rich diversity among our students, alumni, faculty, and staff, as well as in the larger communities of which we are a part.

The law school is an Equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to affirmative action and to excellence through diversity. The law school provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities upon request.

Major Sponsors

Sponsor – Emond Publishing

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