Job posting – Legal Research Specialist

BD&P is looking for a Legal Research Specialist. Please see below.

Purpose of the role:

To undertake and conduct high-quality, in-depth legal and business research to support the Firm’s practice areas and departments using online and print resources. 


Legal Research Specialist

Reports To: 

Director, Business and Enterprise Architecture

Duties and Responsibilities:

In accordance with the policies of Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP, the Legal Research Specialist has the responsibility to complete the following duties:

  • Conduct in-depth legal and business research to support executive/management, lawyers, students, and administrative staff using paper and electronic resources;
  • Provide oversight of research to ensure quality and consistency of research work product;
  • Provide awareness and monitoring services including legislative and judicial tracking, and client, competitor, and industry developments;
  • Monitor client news and changes in organizational structure to support business development activities;
  • Provide training and guidance in the use of the Library’s collection of resources and technologies including the website, online catalogues, and external databases;
  • Support communication activities that utilize the intranet and other internal communication tools in building firm engagement;
  • Participate in collection development by recommending and evaluating print and electronic resources to be added or withdrawn from the collection;
  • Provide guidance and mentoring, and ensure professional development of Library support staff;
  • Promote and market Library resources and its services to staff to leverage the capabilities and expertise;
  • Participate in the Library and Research Committee to contribute to discussions on legal resources and budgetary issues;
  • Develop and deliver training sessions on legal research for lawyers, law students and other firm staff.

Education & Qualifications:

  • MLIS degree and/or a minimum of 2-3 years of significant research experience in a law library conducting legal and business research;
  • Advanced research skills, with demonstrated proficiency in providing online research services using legal and business databases (i.e., Lexis Advance Quicklaw; WestlawNext; Capital IQ; DisclosureNet, etc.).

Required Skills & Personality Traits for Success:

  • Established Industry Knowledge: Proficiency with legal and business-related resources and technologies used for communication, research and knowledge sharing.
  • Strong Research Analysis and Reporting: Ability to prepare reports, executive summaries, and other correspondence necessary to communicate research results to all levels of management.
  • Exceptional attention to detail and accuracy: Demonstrates meticulous, detail-oriented accuracy in completion of work.
  • Excellent Time Management: Effective at planning ahead, organizing, and prioritizing to maintain multiple tasks.
  • Team-oriented: Personable and courteous, with a “can-do” attitude; strives to bolster the effectiveness of the team by providing consistent support.
  • Composure: Performs appropriately and effectively, even while handling multiple tasks.
  • Effective Communicator: Well-developed verbal and written communication skills; readily seeks and provides information; sees value in information exchange; written product is concise and clear.
  • Customer orientation: Provides exceptional customer service in dealings with all clients and stakeholders.
  • Team management and mentorship: Creates and maintains a well-functioning work unit. Skilled at building trust, morale and cooperation among team.

See full posting and apply here.

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