Chief Research Assistant

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Hyde Park Campus

32370 Law School

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The University of Chicago Law School occupies a unique niche among this country's premier law schools. Located on a residential campus in one of America's great cities, Chicago offers a rigorous and interdisciplinary professional education that blends the study of law with the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences. Students, faculty, and staff form a small, tightly knit community devoted to the life of the mind. The Law School opened its doors in 1902, twelve years after the founding of the University of Chicago. It has been an innovator in legal education ever since.

Job Information

Job Summary:

Professor William M. Landes (Clifton R. Musser Professor Emeritus of Law and Economics and Senior Lecturer) and Judge Richard A. Posner (Senior Lecturer in Law) are hiring a full-time research assistant for the 2018 summer and the 2018-2019 academic year to provide a range of research assistance in support of their scholarly work.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Conduct and organize quantitative and qualitative research including collecting quantitative data, writing literature reviews, and cite-checking publications
  • Assign and coordinate the work of part-time research assistants who are students of the law school
  • Perform general administrative support activities for Professor Landes and Judge Posner

  • Knowledge of research methods and techniques, and strong analytical thinking skills
  • Independence and self-direction
  • Ability to multi-task and coordinate the work of others
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

Additional Requirements


Bachelor's degree is required. Students graduating in the Spring Quarter are welcome to apply.


A minimum of one-year of undergraduate research experience.

Required Documents:
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Writing Sample - Up to 10 pages
  • Transcript - Unofficial transcripts will be accepted but an official transcript will be required if an offer is extended.

Please note: when applying, all required documents, including cover letters, MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.

Benefit Eligibility

Pay Frequency

Pay Range
Depends on Qualification

Scheduled Weekly Hours


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Job No:
Posted: 3/27/2018
Application Due: 5/9/2018
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