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Job Opportunities


Staff Attorneys

The Division of Legislative Services, the primary legal and research agency for the General Assembly of Virginia, is seeking legislative staff attorneys. Primary responsibilities of these positions include (i) drafting legislative bills, (ii) serving as legal counsel to and staffing General Assembly standing committees, (iii) serving as a legal resource to members of the General Assembly on legislative matters, and (iv) serving as primary staff to legislative commissions and studies.

These positions are for entry level attorneys. Starting salary for the position is $60,000.

Requirements include excellent oral and written communication, legal analysis, and research skills.

Health insurance, retirement, and other state benefits included.

To apply, submit a letter of interest, resume, and writing sample to Stephanie Kerns (skerns@dls.virginia.gov). Applications will be received until positions are filled.

Please note: "Legislative Staff Attorney" should appear in the subject line of your e-mail.

Legislative Research Assistant

Full-time summer employment
Hourly position - $15.00 per hour

The Division of Legislative Services, the primary legal and research agency of the Virginia General Assembly, is seeking a law student (2L or 3L) to serve as Legislative Research Assistant for the summer of 2019. The Research Assistant will be assigned to work with the Division's attorneys on a variety of research projects, which may include: criminal and civil procedure, natural resources, education, taxation and public finance, transportation, business and commerce, or general laws. Assignments given to past Research Assistants have been diverse and have included researching and interpreting state and federal law; drafting responses to inquiries from members of the General Assembly regarding legislative matters, historical issues, or public policy; and performing constitutional research and analysis.

Successful candidates must have a strong background in legal research, analysis, and electronic database searching, as well as excellent writing and presentation skills. Applicants should be resourceful, highly self-motivated, and able to meet tight deadlines. Demonstrated interest in the practice of public sector law is highly desirable.

The internship is full-time during the summer months, with the possibility of continuing part-time during the fall and spring. Pay is $15/hour.

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Stephanie Kerns (skerns@dls.virginia.gov) with "Summer 2019 Intern" in the subject line. The position will remain open until filled.

Seasonal Proofreaders/Editors

Each September the Division of Legislative Services, the primary legal and general research agency of the Virginia General Assembly, accepts applications for temporary, full-time proofreaders to assist with preparation for the next session of the General Assembly. Primary duties of the editing staff include editing and proofreading draft legislation, reports, and other documents and publications prepared by the Division’s legal and research staff.

A bachelor's degree, computer proficiency, and proofreading/editorial experience are required. The preferred candidate will demonstrate command of English grammar, mechanics, and usage; the ability to understand and edit complex legal and technical text, with accuracy and attention to detail on short turnaround; computer proficiency, including advanced knowledge of MS Word 2010 or later; and good communication skills.

Work for the 2019 Session begins October 29, 2018, and ends January 18, 2019, with a possible extension through March. Some evening and weekend overtime is required in December and early January in addition to 40-hour workweeks. Pay is $21/hour.

To apply, submit a resume with cover letter and state application to editor@dls.virginia.gov, with "Proofreader/Editor" in the subject line no later than September 24, 2018. Please address attachments to Lilli Hausenfluck, Chief Editor, Division of Legislative Services, 900 E. Main Street, 8th Floor, Richmond, VA 23219.