Research Specialist

San Francisco, CA 94105

Posted: 02/07/2023 Job Type: Other Area(s) Job Number: 108 Pay Rate: $80,000 - $100,000

Job Description

Essential Responsibilities and Duties

  • Provide in-depth legal and business research services to attorneys and staff in a wide variety of practice areas.
  • Provide competitive intelligence research, including company, industry, market and competitor research, to support the firm's business development efforts.
  • Synthesize, analyze, and present research results in a concise, professional manner.
  • Utilize current awareness tools to provide alerts on new litigation, news, and other topics of interest.
  • Work with library team to help plan and implement department outreach, training and orientation programs.
  • Provide support for library administrative functions as needed.
  • Participate in special projects, such as evaluation of new information sources.
  • Continue professional development through networking, vendor trainings and association sponsored activities.

Required Skills and Abilities

  • Responsible and reliable, with strong organizational skills, careful attention to detail and the ability to manage and prioritize workload.
  • The ability to apply critical and creative thinking to research projects and enhancing library services.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with the ability to interact effectively with attorneys and other firm employees, as well as other library staff members.
  • Expertise with online research tools, such as Westlaw, DataTree, TLO, Capital IQ, Monitor Suite, Bloomberg Law, VitalLaw, Lexis. 
  • Comfortable working both independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to meet deadlines while handling multiple projects and shifting priorities.
  • Strong customer service orientation.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Windows and Office, as well as Adobe Acrobat. 


  • Master's degree in library or information science or 2+ years of equivalent experience.
  • Prior research experience in a legal setting preferred.
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