Legal Research Associate, Public Knowledge


Job Description Summary:

The George Washington University Law School is seeking a Legal Research Associate to promote fundamental human rights in the digital economy by creating and executing strategies to promote the open Internet, balanced intellectual property rights and communications competition.


Provides input, strategic advice, and advocacy to shape laws and regulations that support open Internet policy, communications competition, and balanced intellectual property law.

Serves as lead author on advocacy documents that support public interest positions.

Partners with government relations and communications staff to develop and execute strategy on Capitol Hill, at the Federal Communications Commission, with other government agencies, in coalitions including other public interest groups, and with the press.

Oversees, designs, and facilitates the development of presentations for meetings with policymakers, the press, internal staff, and other public interest groups.

Develops expertise in a select set of national, and where appropriate, global or state-based Internet technology or related policy issues.

Performs other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

Minimum Qualifications:

Qualified candidates will hold a master’s degree and 1 year of experience in a related discipline. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position.

Additional Required Licenses/Certifications/Posting Specific Minimum Qualifications: Preferred Qualifications:

Ability to digest and understand underlying legal or policy documents as a prerequisite to strategic and policy planning.

Strong analytical skills, including the ability to think quickly and devise legislative and political strategies to attain a projected outcome.

Substantive knowledge of some communications law and policy issues.

Ability to conduct research and analyze data.

Excellent communications skills, including the ability to translate complex ideas into understandable written and oral statements and messages to persuade, influence, or inform others, including public opinion leaders and the media.

Applicants who have demonstrated dedication to the fight for civil liberties, human rights, and a more open and competitive communications environment are encouraged to apply. Please include a cover letter with your application and resume on GW’s jobs website, at least two references who can speak to your substantive work, and one or two writing samples or excerpts.


Campus Location: Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C. College/School/Department: GW Law School (LAW) Family Research and Labs Sub-Family Field Research Stream Individual Contributor Level Level 1 Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Hours Per Week: 40+ Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, typically Position Designation: Essential: Employees who perform functions that have been deemed essential to maintaining business or academic operations. Employees are generally expected to work from home during an event and may be asked to physically report to work. Telework: Required Background Check Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, and Sex Offender Registry Search Special Instructions to Applicants:

Note to Applicants: This position is a limited term position due to end September 30, 2019.

To ensure consideration, please complete the application in its entirety to include fields such as dates of employment, hours worked, supervisory information, etc.

Please provide one or two writing samples or excerpts.

Internal Applicants Only? No Posting Number: R000496 Job Open Date: 03/13/2018 Job Close Date: 03/27/2018 If temporary, grant funded or limited term appointment, position funded until: Background Screening Successful Completion of a Background Screening will be required as a condition of hire. EEO Statement:

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Posting Specific Questions
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
  1. * Do you have an ABA-accredited JD (or equivalent)?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Can you demonstrate excellent legal research and writing skills?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * What is your experience with data analysis?
    (Open Ended Question)
  4. * Please explain how your education and experience relate to the position.
    (Open Ended Question)
  5. * Are you a current GW Law School Student?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Are you a GW law school graduate?
    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Other Documents Refer to Special Instructions to Applicants
Optional Documents


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