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Legal Reference Librarian, New England Law, (Boston, MA)

New England Law | Boston, originally founded in 1908 as Portia Law School, is located in the
heart of downtown Boston. New England Law has a rich history and dynamic present. As an
employee of New England Law, you will be a part of a welcoming community devoted to
exceptional academics as well as real world experience.
The Law Library’s mission is to support the curriculum and scholarship of the New England
Law community, which consists of approximately 1,100 JD students, 32 full-time faculty
members, and 90 staff. We are actively committed to the success of our students.
New England Law Library is accepting applications for a full-time legal Reference Librarian to
join our team. This position will provide extensive reference and research services in assisting
faculty and the student body.
We are seeking a candidate with strong legal research skills who possesses experience working
with faculty, students, and/or legal professionals in a service-oriented environment. Strong
communication abilities are essential, as is enthusiasm for working with a collaborative and
innovative team of professionals.

Responsibilities include:

  • Respond to in-library, phone, email and live-chat reference questions using print or electronic
    resources as appropriate.
  • Provide individualized instruction to users of varying skill levels in the legal research process
    and in effective use of electronic databases and print resources.
  • Perform complex, longer-term research projects for faculty and administration (these may
    require monitoring databases through alerts).
  • Assist student law review editors and associates throughout the year in their work cite-
    checking articles, selecting topics for notes and case comments, and developing those topics
    through in-depth research.
  • Participate in research training of first year law students as requested by the Director of the
    Legal Research and Writing Program through in-person teaching, creation of legal research
    exercises, and/or production of asynchronous video instruction.
  • Assist in designing and maintaining the research webpages on the Law Library website,
    using LibGuides.
  • Teach legal research to law students through presentations to upper-level electives by faculty
  • Maintain a current awareness of library trends through professional development and
    demonstrate a willingness to embrace new ideas and technologies.
  • Other duties as needed (e.g. collection weeding or evaluation projects).


  • Professional demeanor and outstanding customer service skills required
  • High-level skill in using and teaching legal research materials and databases, including
    all major legal research platforms (Westlaw, Lexis, Bloomberg)
  • JD and MLS preferred, relevant law library experience may substitute for one degree
  • Demonstrated initiative and ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Ability to prioritize and maintain deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills

Standard hours of this position are 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, M-F.

How to Apply:

E-mail a cover letter and resume to New England Law | Boston to: [email protected].
The subject line should be “Legal Reference Librarian.” Applications will be considered on a
rolling basis and resumes received without cover letters will not be reviewed. We are unable to
sponsor or take over sponsorship of an Employment Visa at this time.

It is the policy of New England Law | Boston to provide equality of opportunity for all persons,
including faculty and employees, with respect to hiring, continuation, promotion, tenure, and any
other terms or conditions of employment, without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion,
national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender (including identity and expression), genetic
information, military service, age, or disability. The law school complies with all applicable federal,
state, and local nondiscrimination laws, including Title IX.