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NYC Job Opening: Entry Level Research Associate at NYU School of Law

December 11, 2009

Position: The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law seeks a full-time Research Associate for its Justice Program. The Justice Program achieves justice system reform through twin initiatives: the Liberty and National Security Project, which works to advance national security policies that respect the rule of law, human rights, and the constitutional separation of powers; and the Access to Justice Project, which works to repair the “justice gap” – the inability of low income and of color communities to rely on courts and agencies to secure the rule of law and prevent harms. The Research Associate would work primarily on the LNS Project, and assist on the Access to Justice Project. Research Associates carry out a range of substantive and administrative activities. They contribute to policy reports, legislative advocacy and litigation, and to administration, public events, public communication, and development. This position is based in our New York office.

Qualifications: Excellent research, analytical, and writing skills; computer skills, including MS Word; initiative, drive, and commitment; professionalism, reliability, flexibility, and attention to detail. Candidates must be comfortable doing administrative and clerical work. Experience in the following areas is a plus: civil liberties issues, field research, legal research, Westlaw or Lexis-Nexis, and Excel.

Two year commitment:The Research Associate must be willing to make a two-year commitment.

Start date: The job will begin as soon as possible.

Salary: Commensurate with experience. Entry level position. Not appropriate for lawyers or individuals with advanced degrees.

Applications: Please send cover letter, resume, two writing samples of up to 10 pages (at least one academic), and three references by e-mail to, with “Research Associate, Justice Program,” in the subject line. No phone calls, please. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

The Brennan Center, an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, is strongly committed to diversity and welcomes applicants of all races, ethnicities, genders, and sexual orientations, including people who have been previously incarcerated.