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Law-Student Research Assistant

Washington, D.C
Closing date
Nov 26, 2023

Specific duties and responsibilities, generally exercised under the guidance of a Research Associate or Senior Research Associate, may include support with:
  • Conducting legal research and literature reviews;
  • Reviewing and summarizing court policies and procedures;
  • Cite-checking documents;
  • Developing research instruments such as interview protocols, questionnaires, and coding protocols;
  • Organizing and coding court-related data;
  • Creating tables and graphs to present research findings; and
  • Writing reports of research findings.
The Federal Judicial Center offers a range of telework and flexible work schedule options based on the employee's position categorization. When business needs arise, all Center employees are required to work at the official duty station in Washington, D.C., or at a temporary duty station. The Center does not pay for relocation expenses; however, Center employees receive reimbursement for all official business travel.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a United States Citizen, subject to the exceptions enumerated at .
  • Selectee must favorably complete a background investigation.
  • Relatives of Center staff members may not be employed at the Center in any capacity.
  • All requirements must be met for full consideration.
The Federal Judicial Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to achieving a diverse workforce and an inclusive work culture. It strives to maintain a professional and collegial workplace in which everyone is valued and treated fairly and respectfully.

This vacancy announcement was produced at U.S. taxpayer expense.


  • Currently enrolled and seeking a law degree at an accredited educational institution, on a full time basis;
  • Strong legal research, analytical, and writing skills; and
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to work collaboratively.
Summer law-student research assistants are asked to commit to at least eight weeks of employment for 25 to 39 hours per week.

Spring and fall semester law-student research assistants are asked to commit to 12 to 15 hours per week.

Law-student research assistants are limited to working a maximum of 39 hours per week.


Currently enrolled and seeking a law degree at an accredited educational institution, on a full time basis.

Additional information

Salary and Benefits

This position is part time and benefits are not applicable for this position.
  • Law Students (first and second year): $19.65 per hour
  • Law Students (third year or completed degree): $22.11 per hour

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