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Job Opportunities


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.

Writing Assistant

Temporary, full-time position that begins November 12 and runs through February 22 and that includes evening and weekend work in addition to 40-hour workweeks. Pay is $20/hour.

A bachelor’s degree required for writing of 1-2 page documents and other related duties. Applicant must be proficient in Microsoft Word, able to use the Internet, be detail oriented and organized, able to quickly learn proprietary database, and work in a high-volume, fast-paced environment with tight deadlines.

Send cover letter and resume by November 5 to Andrew Kubincanek, Division of Legislative Services, 900 E. Main Street, 8th Floor, Richmond, VA 23219.

Seasonal Proofreaders/Editors (Application process for 2019 Session is closed)

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.