Research and Reference Specialist

LAC Group is seeking a permanent Research & Reference Specialist to provide expert research and reference assistance for our client, a well-respected international law firm.   This position is located in Washington, DC and assists staff with research and reference request in a variety of legal and financial areas. RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide expert research and reference assistance to attorneys in all practice areas in a timely and effective manner using various print and electronic resources;
  • Provide expert reference assistance to support the functions of the various administrative departments of the firm including, but not limited to, Business Development and New Business/Conflicts;
  • Perform monitoring of news, dockets, and legislative and regulatory changes. Assist in preparation of updates, newsletters and other communications;
  • Maintain expert working knowledge of the library collections, online database resources, interlibrary loan availability, document delivery, and other resources as appropriate;
  • Participate in resource evaluation projects including pilots of new services, comparisons of resources, and preparation of related evaluative memos;
  • Support the maintenance of intranet reference collections by performing regular link checking and data collection/input to facilitate integration of subject-specific resources into larger firm portal.


  • Masters of Library Information Science (MLS/MLIS) or JD is required;
  • 3 years of reference/research experience in a legal or corporate environment;
  • Previous experience working in a large law firm is a plus;
  • Experience with Corporate/Securities research is strongly preferred;
  • Expert knowledge of print and digital legal and business resources and research techniques;
  • Advanced knowledge of legal and business electronic resources and databases, and in research and retrieval strategies;
  • Ability to work quickly, and with great attention to detail;
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to communicate clearly and effectively;
  • Excellent organizational skills.

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