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Law librarianship education at the Tarlton Law Library

The Tarlton Law Library is committed to supporting the education of law librarians. To this end, the Tarlton Law Library has created both the Tarlton Fellowship and the Moore Program to provide educational opportunities for students at the University of Texas School of Information. The Tarlton Fellowship is a competitive, two year appointment, while the Moore Program is a one semester professional experience program.

Tarlton Fellowship

About the Tarlton Fellowship

The Tarlton Fellowship was created to encourage law graduates to pursue careers in law librarianship and, especially, to focus on the academic and scholarly side of law librarianship. Fellows are employed in the public services department of the Tarlton Law Library while they attend the University of Texas’ School of Information. Stephen Wolfson, 2012 Tarlton Fellow, at the library's reference desk.Fellows receive exemplary, real-world training, as well as a monthly stipend, in-state tuition rates at the School of Information, and select University benefits (including health insurance). Fellows work 20 hours per week during the semester and contribute substantively to a variety of public services initiatives, in addition to being given an opportunity to explore other areas of the library’s services. The Fellowship is generally a two-year appointment.

Tarlton Fellows, as members of the library's public services staff, engage in a wide variety of activities. Much of their time is spent providing reference services to the University of Texas Law School faculty and students and the general public. As part of their duties, they work closely with faculty members on in-depth research projects, assist student journals in a variety of activities, and offer bibliographic assistance, instructional programs, and current awareness alerts. Fellows participate in these activities under the supervision of, and with the support of, the library’s lawyer-librarians, gaining important insights into a range of scholarly and academic programs.

Tarlton Fellowship requirement

Applicants must have earned a J.D. degree from an ABA-approved law school and must have been admitted to the University of Texas School of Information’s Master of Science in Information Studies program.

How to apply

Applicants should submit a letter of application describing their interest in the Fellowship and law librarianship, a current résumé, and the names and full contact information for three references. All materials should be sent to:

Matthew R. Steinke
Associate Director for Public Services
Tarlton Law Library
University of Texas School of Law
727 East Dean Keeton Street
Austin, Texas 78705

The application deadline for the Fellowship is June 1. 

Inquiries should be directed to Matthew R. Steinke at


Moore Program

About the Moore Program

The Moore Program provides law librarianship students with an opportunity to learn about the daily operations of an academic law library and gain some hands-on experience by completing several projects. The program is named in honor of Lucy Moore, who was appointed the first female instructor at the University of Texas School of Law in 1923, and was one of the school’s early law librarians.Lucy Moore

Students participating in the Moore Program will meet with all of the Tarlton Law Library’s librarians to learn about their departments and job functions. Students will receive basic training in, and may assist with, the work of many areas of the library, including circulation, serials management, and collection maintenance. As part of the Moore Program, students will work on two to four substantial projects, giving them in-depth experience with several different aspects of library work. Available projects will necessarily depend on the library’s current needs, but there will likely be some choice in structuring this part of the program.

The Moore Program is open to University of Texas School of Information students who have already earned a law degree or who are enrolled in the JD/MSIS dual degree program. The program can serve as a Capstone Professional Experience Project for School of Information students, subject to approval by the School of Information. The Moore Program can also be completed as a voluntary internship for law librarianship students in their final semester of study.

Moore Program requirements

The Moore Program is intended to be completed in the final semester of the master's degree program, either as a School of Information Capstone Professional Experience Project or a volunteer internship. As such, applicants must be School of Information students who will be entering their final semester.

How to apply

Applicants should submit a letter of application describing their interest in the Moore Program and law librarianship, along with a current résumé. All materials should be sent to:

Matthew Steinke
Associate Director / Head of Public Services
Tarlton Law Library
University of Texas School of Law
727 East Dean Keeton Street
Austin, Texas 78705

The application deadline for the fall semester is June 30 and the application deadline for the spring semester is October 31. 

Inquiries should be directed to Matthew Steinke at