Research Counsel II


University, MS, US, 38677

Department:  Mississippi Law Research Institute (10000934)
Employee Designation:  Regular Full-time (Benefits Eligible)

Note for Current UM Employees

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Definition of Class

The Mississippi Law Research Institute at the University of Mississippi School of Law is seeking applications for a Research Counsel II to provide legal research assistance, make presentations, and provide written materials to public constituents in Mississippi.  Specific duties include conducting legal research, writing research memorandum, making presentations to stakeholders, supervising law student research assistants, delivering conference and community presentations, and serving as an active part of the MLRI team.

Examples of Work Performed

  • Researches projects assigned by supervisor.
  • Supervises student researchers.
  • Presents legal presentations to judges, attorneys and others attending continuing education seminars.
  • Determines and meets the research needs of the clients.
  • Drafts and publishes research results.
  • Performs similar or related duties as assigned or required.

Essential Functions

These essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following. Additional essential functions may be identified and included by the hiring department.

  1. Conceives improvements in both substantive and adjective law and makes recommendations concerning them to the legislature.
  2. Examines and analyzes law with the objective of discovering defects and inequities and of recommending needed reforms.
  3. Provides research, counsel, and drafting assistance to the legislature and state and local government agencies for the development and revision of laws and regulations.
  4. Advises and assists local governments, state agencies and associations by performing legal research and preparation of related materials, such as statues and ordinances, reports, manuals, handbooks, codes and by conducting courses of instruction for the more efficient application of law and utilization of governmental resources.
  5. Prepares and publishes texts and other scholarly works on law and procedure to aid in the administration of government.
  6. Conducts research on complicated matters of Mississippi and United States law and procedure and prepare briefs and reports of research for publication.

Minimum Education/Experience

Juris Doctor degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.



Two (2) years of experience related to the above described duties.


Admission to practice law.


Interview Requirements:

Any candidate who is called for an interview must notify the Department of Equal Opportunity/Regulatory Compliance in writing of any reasonable accommodation needed prior to the date of the interview.

Preferred Qualifications

•    Understanding of public policy issues and the Mississippi legislative process
•    Familiarity with Mississippi and federal laws, regulations, and case law
•    Experience working in or with Mississippi state government and agencies
•    Proven legal research and writing skills including the ability to interpret complex legal documents and statutes
•    Experience speaking with groups of constituents and at conferences
•    Ability to work effectively with colleagues, stakeholders, and public officials
•    Ability to work independently and manage multiple projects
•    Admission to the Mississippi Bar
•    Supervisory experience
•    Strong academic record

Application Procedures

Combine the below documents into two individual documents and utilize the "cover letter" and "resume" upload feature.

Please include the following when prompted during the application process:
1.    A detailed Resume
2.    A list of three references
3.    A cover letter

Salary/Wage Information

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EEO Statement

The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.

Background Check Statement

The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

Nearest Major Market: Oxford Mississippi