Research Librarian, School of Law The Rector & Visitors of the University of Virginia

The Arthur J. Morris Law Library at the University of Virginia School of Law seeks to hire a service-oriented, collegial, and intellectually curious Research Librarian to join its research and reference team. This is a Professional Research Staff position with the classification of Research Scientist reporting to the Law Library’s Assistant Director & Head of Research Services. 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 Research Librarian will join a highly skilled 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 establish and maintain effective and collaborative relationships with colleagues and patrons 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. A background in one or more of these areas is a plus. Our librarians share responsibility for creating a learning and working environment that supports diversity, equity, and belonging for all students, staff, faculty, and public patrons.


Specific duties of this position include:

  • Participate in the rotation schedule for providing 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.
  • Acts 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 interest, teaching ability or aptitude, and Law School needs, 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 needed.


Required Qualifications:

  • J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school (completed by start date).
  • Master’s degree from an ALA-Accredited Program in Library and Information Studies or comparable degree from a foreign institution (completed by start date).
  • Demonstrated experience with legal research.
  • Extensive knowledge of print and electronic legal resources to provide thoughtful, timely, and thorough research support to faculty and staff; research instruction and support to students; and reference services to the community.
  • Strong service ethic, excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to work well with diverse patrons and colleagues.
  • Demonstrated enthusiasm for law librarianship and the librarian profession.
  • Experience with office productivity and collaboration applications such as Microsoft 365 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams, OneDrive, SharePoint), Adobe Acrobat Pro, legal and non-legal research databases, and the ability to adapt quickly in a rapidly changing technology environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to convey complex information in a succinct, clear, and timely manner.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills sufficient for successful planning and timely completion of delegated, self-initiated, and collaborative projects.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum of two years of experience working in a law library is preferred.
  • Experience with creating and developing research guides (e.g., LibGuides) and/or legal bibliographies.
  • Experience in business research, student outreach, creation and curation of research guides, online tutorials and other web applications, or other facets of library operations and administration.


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.


To Apply:


Apply online at search for requisition ‘R0045541‘. Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile. Complete the application, and upload the following:

  • 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.***


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


Questions regarding the position should be directed to Leslie Ashbrook, Search Committee Chair, at Questions regarding the application process should be directed to Marcus Rozier, Academic Recruiter, at


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