Two Positions: Maryland & Washington D.C.

Position: Research Specialist
Location: Nelson Mullins, Baltimore, MD

Full vacancy announcement available on AALL Career Center.

Nelson Mullins, an AmLaw 100 law firm, seeks a Research Specialist with 3-5 years of experience to work in one of our following locations: Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; Charlotte, NC; Greenville, SC; or Raleigh, NC.

The Research Specialist is responsible for providing research services involving legal, business, and general information research to attorneys and staff firm-wide firm using traditional and online resources. The RS is also required to provide training and awareness of research resources. The position reports to the Manager of Library and Research Services

Essential Functions

  • Conducts in-depth legal and business research individually and as a team member for attorneys, paralegals and staff across all offices of the Firm.
  • Assists in orientation of new attorneys to library services, procedures and policies.
  • Oversees administration of library operations in assigned offices
  • Provides attorneys with access to and encourages the effective use of internal and external knowledge resources.
  • Creates and delivers professional-quality research education sessions for lawyers and staff on a regular basis.
  • Assists with evaluating new and updated versions of information resources, online and print sources, and recommends beneficial information sources for the Firm.
  • Demonstrates effective interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills to facilitate effective work relationships with others.
  • Uses workflow software for the recording and reporting of research requests.
  • Collaborates with team members on special projects.


Education: M.L.S. or J.D. from accredited institution and equivalent experience considered.

Experience: Working knowledge of corporate/law firm environment is preferred. Preference also for candidates with litigation, corporate /securities research experience and preparing competitive intelligence reports.

Skills: Proficiency with searching Lexis Advance, Westlaw Next, Bloomberg Law, CCH Cheetah, Pacer, Marketline Advantage, MonitorSuite, Accurint and MS Office applications. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to work with individuals at all organizational levels. Superior analytical, troubleshooting, organizational, and planning skills. Must be flexible and able to effectively manage multiple priorities, and adapt to constantly changing priorities.

Position: Reference Librarian
Location: Georgetown Law Library, Washington, DC

Full vacancy announcement available on AALL Career Center.

Georgetown University Law Library is seeking applications for a Reference Librarian, based in the Edward Bennett Williams Law Library. Located in the nation’s capital, and within walking distance of the U.S. Congress and the Supreme Court, Georgetown University Law Center is recognized for the quality of scholarship, its renowned faculty, and for its exceptionally talented and diverse student body. Focused on service excellence and innovation, it is among the largest academic law libraries in the nation. Georgetown Law Library is one of the country’s premier legal research institutions, with a dynamic staff of over 50 people and a collection exceeding one million volumes. We strive to live up to our motto: “Supporting Scholarship, Excelling in Service, Leading in Technology.”

The Reference Librarian provides extensive reference service to the Law Center’s faculty and students by participating in the reference desk rotation, individual research consultations, writing research guides, and participating in other law library instructional programs as needed. Librarian instruction directly supports the curriculum of the Law School. Student and faculty requests for research and materials must be carried out accurately and expeditiously. Failure to do so could negatively affect the effectiveness of classroom teaching, student learning or the accuracy of scholarly publications authored and lectures presented by our faculty.  Inaccurate or unprofessional instruction hinders student’s education and could negatively affect the overall reputation of the Law School.  The position requires some integration of different but relatively similar bodies of knowledge and/or functions. Some analytical ability becomes prevalent. Duties for the reference librarian include but are not limited to:

  • Provides extensive reference services to the Law Center’s faculty and students by participating in reference desk rotation, individual research consultations, writing research guides, and participating in other law library programs as needed.
  • Serves as a liaison to approximately for designated faculty, training their research assistants, providing customized research tools, and performing more complex research requests. Responsible for understanding designated faculty members’ area of teaching and scholarship and for developing proactive services. Provides advanced and refresher online training to faculty members.
  • Collaborates with others in the library to develop marketing and outreach initiatives to introduce and educate faculty about library services.
  • Responds effectively to specialized research questions from faculty ranging from law and related disciplines (e.g. international, foreign and comparative law).
  • Participates in basic and advanced legal research instruction, online training, clinical research instruction, Legal Practice Faculty liaison program for instruction in legal research and writing, journal liaison program, library tours, and other educational programs.
  • Evaluates and selects materials for the library’s collection in assigned subject areas.
  • Conducts research in appropriate disciplines to prepare for classes in specific topics (e.g. environmental law, health law or communications law). Identifies key materials in the subject areas.
  • Evaluates and selects materials for the library’s collection in assigned subject areas.
  • Delivers timely, accurate information to faculty or students which is vital to the accuracy of briefs or other court documents, the validity of litigation, mediation and other procedures involving our faculty and students, particularly students in clinical programs. Consequently, the failure to provide accurate, timely information could negatively affect the overall reputation of our faculty and ultimately the law school.
  • Shared responsibility with other reference librarians for research assistance at the Reference Desk.  At this time the reference department handles approximately 11,000 reference questions each year.
  • Meets with students on a regular basis to provide individualized research advice and instruction.
  • Shared responsibility with other reference librarians for the formal classroom instruction of approximately 5,000 students. At this time the reference department offers more than 150 classes each year.
  • Develops, plan and/or teaches programs on various aspects of legal research to groups outside the library’s primary patrons and conducts tours of the library for visitors.
  • Participates as a member of Library and Law center committees as well as professional associations (both library and law related).
  • Through work and action, advances library goals and values as articulated in library planning documents and values statement.

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