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Legal Research and Content Assistant

The Alberta Legal Information Society (ALIS) is seeking a summer student for the position of Legal Research and Content Assistant. The position is based in Edmonton, Alberta.
 
ALIS is a non-profit society established in 2012 to build a website that serves as Albertans’ first point of access to existing legal information and services in the province. The website, LegalAve.ca, currently contains free legal information about family law.
 

Position description

The Legal Research and Content Assistant will be responsible for the following tasks:
  • Using library and Internet resources to research family law topics identified by the Staff
  • Lawyer and Knowledge & Content Specialist (Librarian)
  • Assisting with the development of plain language content for the website
  • Assisting with the review of existing legal content created and published on the website
  • Participating in community outreach events with the public and social service organizations
The work of the student will assist ALIS in meeting its objective to provide a website that guides Albertans to the appropriate legal information and resources they need to address their family law problems.
 
The Legal Research and Content Assistant will be supervised by the organization’s Staff Lawyer and Knowledge & Content Specialist (Librarian). There will be daily contact with the Staff Lawyer and Knowledge & Content Specialist, who will both be available to guide the student in their work, review completed tasks, and provide feedback.
 
The student will receive guidance from the Staff Lawyer to help develop and improve his/her verbal and written communication, legal research skills, and analytical and technical skills. The student will also develop and be mentored on time management skills, working in a team, and collaboration.
 

Qualifications

Preferred candidates will have:
  • completed at least two years of a law degree,
  • an interest in public legal education and outreach,
  • taken Family Law, and
  • highly developed research and writing skills. These will be assessed by their application, interview, and references.
The student must be available for 35 hours per week starting on or around May 15 and ending in August 2016. The position is a total of 14 weeks.
 

Application process

Applications are due by April 25, 2017.
 
Please submit your application to Carole Aippersbach at carole@albertalegalinformationsociety.ca with the subject line: Application for Legal Research and Content Assistant.
 
Your application should include:
  • a cover letter,
  • a current resume,
  • three academic or professional references, and
  • a brief writing sample. The writing sample should be no more than three pages long, and preferably written in plain language for a general audience.

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