Research and Instruction Librarian & Lecturer in Law – Law Library Washington University in St Louis

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Position Summary

Provides research assistance to faculty, students, and other users of the Law Library; Teaches the for-credit Legal Research Methodologies class, and provides research instruction in other courses as needed; and supervises delivery of one or more library services to the Law School. 

Job Description

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Conduct extensive, in-depth, legal, non-legal, and bibliographic research for law faculty including use of new technologies. Provide research assistance to law faculty, law students, and other users of the Law Library. Participate in rotating coverage of the Reference Desk.
  • Create and maintain online research guides.
  • Participate in Collection Development activities for print and online sources.
  • Teach legal research methodologies for credit in the law school’s J.D. program. Develop curriculum as necessary. Write letters of recommendation. Provide bibliographic instruction in other instructors’ classes.
  • Oversee and supervise one or more law library functions, to be determined.
  • Participate in professional development and service activities. Stay abreast of current developments in the field, attend meetings & conferences. Serve on local, regional, or national committees. Obtain or retain a membership in the American Association of Law Libraries and in one or more of its special interest sections.
  • Assist in interdepartmental planning activities. Assist with the process of interviewing and hiring professional staff for the Law Library. Attend law staff, law faculty and main University Libraries’ staff meetings and workshops.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Applicant Special Instructions


Please include your Cover Letter and Resume with your application.

Working Conditions

  • Work is performed throughout the entire assigned Library and assigned School.
  • It will be necessary to visit faculty offices, staff and student offices and computers throughout the library.
  • Work will also be performed in an office, in classrooms, at Reference Desk and the entire Library.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Law library experience.
  • Knowledge & experience in one or more library specialties such as electronic resource management or access services.
  • Knowledge of full text online legal databases and library systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to lecture to both large and small groups.
  • Demonstrated skillful use of computers, including the MS Office Suite.
  • Experience with using Internet resources, research tools, library systems, and emerging technologies.
  • Proven ability to communicate with a variety of staff and users.
  • Proven ability to effectively express ideas, policies, and plans verbally and in writing.
  • Experience teaching legal research.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong research skills.
  • Ability to analyze problems and determine solutions to problems of a complex nature.
  • Ability to learn and use new technologies.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other members of the library staff and library users.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and to meet deadlines.


Required Qualifications


  • Master of Library Science (MLS), Master of Information Science (MIS), Master of Science in Library Science (MS) or related field from A.L.A. accredited library school and Juris Doctor (J.D.) from A.B.A. accredited law school or foreign equivalent.
  • Candidates with one of the two degrees, depending upon experience and aptitude, may be considered.




Salary Range

$57,300.00 – $97,700.00 / Annually 

The salary range reflects base salaries paid for positions in a given job grade across the University. Individual rates within the range will be determined by factors including one’s qualifications and performance, equity with others in the department, market rates for positions within the same grade and department budget. 


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Pre-Employment Screening

All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. The screenings will include criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, an employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening. 

Benefits Statement


  • Up to 22 days of vacation, 10 recognized holidays, and sick time.
  • Competitive health insurance packages with priority appointments and lower copays/coinsurance.
  • Want to Live Near Your Work and/or improve your commute? Take advantage of our free Metro transit U-Pass for eligible employees. We also offer a forgivable home loan of up to $12,500 for closing costs and a down payment for homes in eligible neighborhoods.
  • WashU provides eligible employees with a defined contribution (403(b)) Retirement Savings Plan, which combines employee contributions and university contributions starting at 7%.



  • Wellness challenges, annual health screenings, mental health resources, mindfulness programs and courses, employee assistance program (EAP), financial resources, access to dietitians, and more!



  • We offer 4 weeks of caregiver leave to bond with your new child. Family care resources are also available for your continued childcare needs. Need adult care? We’ve got you covered.
  • WashU covers the cost of tuition for you and your family, including dependent undergraduate-level college tuition up to 100% at WashU and 40% elsewhere after seven years with us.


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EEO/AA Statement

Washington University in St. Louis is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity and especially encourages applications by those from underrepresented groups. It is the University’s policy to provide equal opportunity and access to persons in all job titles without regard to race, ethnicity, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, protected veteran status, or genetic information. 

Diversity Statement

Washington University is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment – fostering respect for all and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Individuals with a commitment to these values are encouraged to apply.