Research Librarian, School of Law

  • University of Virginia
  • Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
  • Mar 26, 2024
Full time Legal

Job Description

Research Librarian, School of Law

The University of Virginia School of Law seeks a service-oriented, collegial, and intellectually curious professional to join the Arthur J. Morris Law Library’s research and reference team. The University of Virginia School of Law is consistently recognized as one of the top law schools in the country, and the Law Library is critical to its mission and culture. The Arthur J. Morris Law Library supports the Law School’s mission of excellence in teaching, research, and publication.

The environment at the Law School is both active and supportive, with a strong sense of collegiality among students, faculty, and staff and a commitment to excellence and service.

The Research Librarian will join a highly skilled, high-performing, collaborative team of law librarians in providing sophisticated research support for faculty, students, and staff; research instruction to students; and reference assistance to members of the public. The ability to develop effective and collaborative working relationships is essential. The position will allow for exploration and skills development in any of several areas, such as business research, student outreach, creation and curation of research guides, online tutorials and other web applications, or other facets of library operations and administration. Our librarians share responsibility for creating a learning and working environment that supports all students, staff, faculty, and public patrons. Participation in professional development conferences and learning opportunities is supported.

Responsibilities include:

  • Participate in the rotating reference schedule for both in-person and online reference services. This can involve in-depth legal and non-legal research for law faculty, supporting law students in their research goals, and aiding public patrons.
  • Serve on the Law Library’s collection development committee. May also serve on other committees and project teams, such as the Law Library’s Diversity, Equity, and Belonging (DEB) Standing Committee; Technology Steering Committee; Outreach and Social Media teams; talent search committees; and Law School and University committees.
  • Act as a library liaison to 1L Legal Research & Writing classes, the Law School’s Summer Research Assistant Program, and one or more of the Law School’s student-run journals.
  • Depending on Law School needs, library availability, librarian interest and teaching ability or aptitude, teach, co-teach, or assist with teaching for-credit classes such as Advanced Legal Research or specialized legal research classes. Previous instructional experience is helpful; however, the teaching team will provide support for new and developing teachers.
  • Support library operations and administrative projects as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • A J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school (or equivalent non-U.S. law degree with substantial U.S. legal research experience). Degree must be completed by start date.
  • Excellent legal research skills with substantial knowledge of legal information systems and sources.
  • Strong service orientation.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and efficiently on independent and collaborative projects, to successfully handle multiple projects concurrently, and to thrive in a friendly but fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to convey complex information in a succinct, clear, and timely manner.
  • Proficiency with standard office and library software applications and the ability to rapidly incorporate new technology into research methods and workflows.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree from an ALA-accredited school of library or information sciences (or comparable degree from a foreign institution).
  • Experience with providing legal research and reference services in a library or similar setting.

This is a full-time Senior Professional Research Staff (Research Scientist) position with benefits, reporting to the Law Library’s Assistant Director & Head of Research Services. This position requires most work to be performed in person at the Law School, with the opportunity to perform a limited amount of work remotely in accordance with Law School policy.

The preferred start date for this position is as soon as possible but is negotiable. The minimum salary is $75,000; salary offers are made based on the candidate’s qualifications, experience, skills, and education as they relate to the requirements of the position, as well as internal and market factors.

The School of Law is in Charlottesville, Virginia, a college town setting in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Charlottesville area offers many opportunities for outdoor recreation, an active arts and music scene, and access to historical sites where researchers continue to explore the region’s past. Charlottesville is often ranked among the best places to live in the United States. For more information about UVA and the Charlottesville community please see and

To Apply:

Apply online at Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile. Complete the application and upload the following required materials:

  • Cover letter
  • CV/resume
  • Names and contact information for three professional references.

*** Please note that ALL REQUESTED documents MUST be uploaded in the resume submission field, and you can combine documents into one PDF. ***

**Applications that do not have all the required documents will not receive full consideration.***

Questions regarding the position should be directed to Leslie Ashbrook, Assistant Director and Head of Research Services at . Questions regarding the application process should be directed to Marcus Rozier, Academic Recruiter at

The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.