Law Prof: Law Libraries are 'Doomed'

As law schools are forced to tighten their belts, law libraries are getting squeezed especially hard, the Wall Street Journal Law Blog reports. In fact, according to SUNY Buffalo Law School professor James G. Milles they are "doomed." “Law schools will not simply shut down or hand off their libraries—or few will. Rather, law libraries will be chipped away notch by notch, by attrition of personnel and services,” he writes in a new working research paper about the legal education crisis. Miles also notes that the problem isn’t just about money, but also about demand. Legal historians are “still attached to traditional law libraries” he writes, but most faculty now are doing most of their legal research electronically.

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