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Research Law Librarian for Instructional Services

The University of California, Irvine School of Law seeks a creative, enthusiastic law librarian to serve as Research Law Librarian for Instructional Services in the Law Library. The University of California, Irvine School of Law is the first new law school to be established at a member institution of the Association of American Universities and a public university in California in half a century. The Research Law Librarian for Instructional Services plays a key role in further developing the Law Library's legal research curriculum, developing and implementing additional teaching partnerships with upper-division courses, and teaching ALR classes as needed.  Reporting to the Associate Law Librarian for Public Services, the Research Law Librarian for Instructional Services also participates in the Law Library's outstanding faculty services program, shares in collection development responsibilities, and provides effective user services at the Reference Desk.


Under the general supervision of the Associate Law Librarian for Public Services, takes primary responsibility for developing and managing the Law Library's scholarly legal research curriculum, including the first-year legal research program, upper-level guest lectures and teaching partnerships, ALR courses, and other training opportunities for law students as part of their scholarly learning experience.

  • Develops, coordinates, and implements instructional services as part of the law school curriculum and law student experience.  Serves as primary coordinator for the first year legal research course, including planning the curriculum, designing instructional materials, and leading the librarians teaching the course.  Serves as primary presenter in instructional and training programs.  As appropriate, leads tours, orientations, and workshops.
  • Collegially leads and effectively communicates with other librarians to plan content, activities, staff development, training, and assessments essential to the Law Library’s instructional services program.  Collects and analyzes statistics and generates reports on the work of the team and the program.
  • Serves as a member of the Law Library's reference services unit, providing excellent and responsive general information and legal reference services through regular shifts at the Reference Desk, including some evenings and weekends. Participates in reference coordinator rotation, and is responsible for creating the reference schedule, communicating with access services staff, creating policies and procedures, and resolving any issues that arise.
  • Participates in the Law Library's collection development efforts, including selection, assessment and management of resources.
  • Participates collaboratively in the Law Library's outstanding faculty services program, including performing legal and interdisciplinary research.
  • Engages actively and effectively on Law Library, law school, and campus-wide committees, task forces, project teams, and attends meetings and other functions as appropriate.
  • Participates in and contributes to the profession through professional activities outside the Law Library, including university and public service, and/or research and other creative activity.
  • Maintains awareness of and integrates current developments in the fields of law, library science, and legal research into the design and delivery of instructional services, using current and emerging technologies as appropriate.



  • J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited institution.
  • Graduate degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution or an equivalent combination of relevant advanced degree and library experience.
  • Experience teaching legal research skills, including preparing course materials and developing assignments.  Demonstrated awareness of current trends in legal research instruction.
  • Project management experience, including the planning, implementation, and team leadership of a project from start to completion.
  • Successful experience and skill in providing reference services.
  • Extensive knowledge of the legal bibliography and legal research techniques in multiple formats.
  • Outstanding interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.


  • Practice experience as an attorney.
  • Ability to conceptualize and implement processes and programs, both independently and in a team, in a dynamically changing environment.
  • Experience in assessing and selecting collections in law.

The Law School

UC Irvine School of Law opened its doors to students in August 2009, the first new public law school in California in more than 40 years. UCI Law seeks to create the ideal law school for the 21st century by doing the best job of training lawyers for the practice of law at the highest levels of the profession. Recruited from prestigious schools, the faculty ranked seventh in the country in scholarly impact in a recent study. The student body has admissions qualifications comparable to those of student bodies at top 20 law schools. The school’s innovative curriculum stresses hands-on learning, interdisciplinary study and public service.

Since 1965, the University of California, Irvine has combined the strengths of a major research university with the bounty of an incomparable Southern California location. UCI’s unyielding commitment to rigorous academics, cutting-edge research, and leadership and character development makes the campus a driving force for innovation and discovery that serves our local, national and global communities in many ways. With more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students, 1,100 faculty and 9,400 staff, UCI is among the most dynamic campuses in the University of California system. Increasingly a first-choice campus for students, UCI ranks among the top 10 U.S. universities in the number of undergraduate applications and continues to admit freshmen with highly competitive academic profiles. Orange County’s second-largest employer, UCI generates an annual economic impact on the county of $4.3 billion.

Salary & Benefits: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Preferred appointment level: Associate Librarian or Librarian. 

Librarians are entitled to two days per month of annual leave, thirteen paid holidays, and one day per month sick leave. The University has an excellent retirement system and offers a variety of group health, life, and disability insurance plans. 

Deadline for Applications: Applications received by October 28, 2013 will receive first consideration, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

To Apply: To be considered for this position, please apply online using UC Irvine’s RECRUIT system located at https://recruit.ap.uci.edu.  

Required application materials include:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Teaching evaluations, if available
  • Names, email addresses, and phone numbers for three references; please note relationship to reference

Upon application, candidates should be in possession of proof of their legal right to employment in the U.S. In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, verification of legal right to work will be required between the time of final selection and hiring, and is absolutely essential in ultimately being hired.This position description is listed on the UCI Libraries Web site at http://www.lib.uci.edu/about/jobs/librarian-vacancies.html, with links to additional Web sites featuring campus and community information.

The University of California, Irvine is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity.