Role of Legal Researcher

Under the supervision of the Director of Research and the Commission the Legal Researcher will be assigned to a project and will carry out research and assist in preparing Issues Papers and/or a Report or Reports for publication. The Legal Researcher will be credited as a researcher (and as principal researcher if this is the case) on the project when a Report is published.


Current projects include:

  • ·         Corporate offences and regulatory enforcement
  • ·         Contempt of court and other offences and torts involving the administration of justice
  • ·         Suspended sentences
  • ·         Aspects of succession law
  • ·         Aspects of defamation law
  • ·         Compulsory acquisition of land
  • ·         Landlord and tenant law for residential tenancies
  • ·         Domestic implementation of international obligations
  • ·         Codification and Online Publication of Legislation


The work of the Commission and its Legal Researchers involves extensive consultation with relevant people and bodies, including the public generally through Issues Papers, Members of the Oireachtas, Government and Departments, the legal profession and other relevant professions, industry, State bodies and NGOs. Comparative research on the laws of other jurisdictions is an essential part of the research process. The Commission maintains extensive library resources for this purpose, including online resources such as HeinOnline, LexisNexis and Westlaw. Researchers attend meetings of the Commission to discuss their work, including draft papers, and to receive direction. The Researcher will also contribute to the Commission’s important work on Access to Legislation which produces the Legislation Directory, Revised Acts and the Classified List of In-Force Legislation.


Principal Duties

Under the supervision of the Director of Research and the Commission successful candidates will:

  • provide an efficient, accurate and high quality legal research service to the Commission
  • prepare draft papers, Issues Papers and Reports covering law reform
  • prepare draft updates to the Legislation Directory  and of Revised Acts
  • attend and participate at conferences and meetings
  • prepare for and facilitate seminars and meetings on behalf of the Commission
  • undertake such other duties as may from time to time be assigned by the Commission.



Essential Requirements:

Candidates must, on or before 1st September, 2017

  • An honours degree or an equivalent qualification (at least a Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications) in Law or a qualification, acceptable to the Law Reform Commission as equivalent, in which Law was taken as a major subject; and
  • Have practical experience in conducting legal research.

In addition candidates must possess and be able to demonstrate:

  • An extensive and broad ranging knowledge of Irish law and the Irish Legal System (including EU Law) and, ideally, knowledge  of the ECHR system
  • Relevant post-graduate legal research experience or experience in employment using legal research, analytical and evaluative skills and techniques
  • Strong information technology skills and experience of using a wide range of relevant information sources and research tools
  • The ability to write and present research/information in a concise, accessible and plain English style
  • The ability to plan, prioritise and monitor tasks in a systematic and organised way in order to deliver work against tights deadlines to high quality standards
  • Strong interpersonal and team working skills
  • Ability to deliver results/personal effectiveness.

Key Competencies for effective performance as a Legal Researcher

The attention of candidates is drawn to the key competencies that are applicable to this post.

  • Ability to research and analyse
  • Ability to communicate results of research and analysis in writing
  • Good interpersonal skills for an office environment
  • Ability to deliver results/personal effectiveness


The closing date is  Midday on Friday 21st April 2017 and applications must be sent to

Application Form: English and Irish versions

Information Booklet: English and Irish versions