Summer JD RA (Law & Tech)

The Refugee Law Laboratory (RLL) is looking to hire a summer JD research assistant with an interest in law and technology. Candidates with technical backgrounds in web design, data science, computer science, statistics, software engineering, and related fields will be prioritized. The successful candidate will assist the Lab with several ongoing projects, including maintaining an online refugee law reporter, assisting with the development of a refugee law legal analytics app, and revising the Lab’s website. The position will include both technical work (e.g. website design, data cleaning) and legal work (e.g. helping to draft terms of service for open access legal analytics applications). The position is open to law students at any Canadian law school.

Supervisor: Sean Rehaag (RLL Director)

Time: approximately 35 hours per week for 15 weeks, May 12 to Aug 12 (dates flexible)

Location: If Covid restrictions allow in person research, then work will be hybrid in-person and remote (e.g. York University campus 2-3 days per week, remote 2-3 days per week). If Covid restrictions do not allow in person research, then work will be remote. Note: While we will prioritize candidates who can work at least some of the time in person, we are prepared to consider fully remote work for exceptional candidates.

Pay: $25/hr (inclusive of vacation pay)

Eligibility: Must be a current JD/LLB/BCL student at any law school in Canada (1L or 2L)

Tasks to be completed will depend on the skill-set of the successful candidate, but may include:

• Assisting with revisions to RLL website

• Assisting with development of terms of service for websites

• Assisting with building a legal analytics web application

• Extracting, cleaning and visualizing data on Canada’s refugee determination system

• Preparing legal research memoranda

• Copy-editing

• Other tasks as required

Mandatory qualities sought:

• Web design experience and proficiency with HTML

• Intermediate to advanced skills in Excel

• Strong legal research and writing skills

• Attention to detail

Qualities that are assets but are not required:

• Training in data science, computer science, statistics or similar fields

• Experience with WordPress

• Experience with app development

• Experience with data mining and natural language parsing

• Experience with data visualization

• Experience with cloud computing (Azure, etc)

• Proficiency in Python

• Interest in law and technology/new legal analytics

• Interest in open source/open access technology

• Interest in immigration/refugee law

• Ability to read in French

Application Deadline: Feb 1 at 5:00 pm EST

Application Process: Apply online with a CV, electronic copy of unofficial transcripts, and a brief cover note describing your interest in the position.