Law Library Summer 2023 Reference Associate

The Pritzker Legal Research Center at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law invites service-oriented individuals to apply for a temporary summer position of a Law Library Reference Associate. This position is primarily remote with opportunities to work at the Pritzker Legal Research Center in person.

Responsibilities and Opportunities. The Reference Associate will provide reference and research support to the law school community via email and chat (or in person at the reference desk, if available). The Reference Associate will hold research appointments with students or other members of the NU community via Zoom. The Reference Associate will also assist librarians with research and instructional services projects. The library will provide training and opportunities for interaction with librarians, in addition to opportunities to work on special projects such as creating or updating research guides and other ventures consistent with the interests of the Reference Associate and the needs of the library.  

Qualifications. Candidates for the Reference Associate position must be enrolled in or graduated from an ALA-accredited library science program. A J.D. or significant legal training is also strongly preferred. Candidates must have a strong service orientation, an ability to interact positively with diverse library users, and an ability to work independently and efficiently. Course work or experience in reference is required. Course work or experience in legal research methods is strongly preferred. 

Dates and Hours. The Reference Associate position is a temporary part-time position (approx. 20-25 hours per week) with an anticipated start date of May 30, 2023 and expected end date of July 28, 2023.

Environment. Located in the heart of the Gold Coast on Northwestern University’s Chicago campus, the Pritzker Legal Research Center supports the research and instructional needs of law school faculty and students. Further information about the Pritzker Legal Research Center is available at the library’s website at

To Apply: Review of applications for the Summer 2023 Reference Associate position will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Candidates should email a letter of application and CV to:  

Sarah Reis

Associate Director for Public Services

Pritzker Legal Research Center

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

375 E. Chicago Avenue

Chicago, IL 60611


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