Sara Sampson

Assistant Dean for Information Services; Director of Law Library; Senior Lecturer
Contact Information:

(614) 292-2964 274B Drinko Hall


MLIS, Kent State University

J.D., The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

B.S., The Ohio State University


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Professor Sara Sampson is the assistant dean for information services, the law library director, and a senior lecturer. She manages all aspects of information technology and the library for the College of Law.

Before returning to Ohio State, she was the deputy director of the law library and served as a clinical assistant professor of law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. There, she also taught advanced legal research. Before that, Sampson worked at Georgetown University as the head of reference and an adjunct professor. While at Georgetown, she taught legal research skills for practice, advanced legal research, and introduction to scholarly note writing.

Sampson began her full-time library career at Ohio State where she was a reference librarian and adjunct legal writing professor. She taught legal research, appellate advocacy, and legal writing and analysis.

Sampson writes and presents on topics related to legal research and writing and library management. She has coordinated teaching workshops for law librarians and regularly speaks at library conferences.  Her most recent publications, both co-authored, include an update of an introductory text to Ohio Legal Research, and an article on developing financial literacy in library staff. 

Dean Sampson has worked for all three branches of the Ohio government.  During law school, she spent a summer working at the Ohio Legislative Service Commission and a year working at the Ohio Department of Mental Health’s legal department. Before becoming a librarian, she spent five years as a judicial law clerk at the Ohio Fourth District Court of Appeals.

She is a member of the Ohio Bar and Beta Phi Mu, the International Library & Information Studies Honor Society.