Open competition for appointment to the position of:

Legal  Researcher

(Temporary Full-Time Three-Year Contract)

in the

Law Reform Commission

Closing date:  29 August 2022 at 12 pm (noon)

Law Reform Commission

Background Information on the Post

The Law Reform Commission is a statutory body established by the Law Reform Commission Act 1975. The Commission has five members: the President, the Full-time Commissioner, and three part-time Commissioners.

Its role is to keep the law under independent, objective and expert review, to make recommendations for law reform and to make current law accessible for all.


Role of Legal Researcher

Law Reform Research

Under the supervision of the Director of Research, Deputy Directors of Research and the Commission, the Legal Researcher will carry out research and assist in preparing Consultation Papers and / or a Report or Reports for publication.  The Legal Researcher will be credited as a researcher on the project when a Consultation Paper or Report is published.


Current projects include:

  • A Regulatory Framework for Adult Safeguarding
  • Reform of Non-Court Adjudicative Bodies and Appeals to Courts
  • Compulsory Acquisition of Land
  • Compensating Victims of Crime
  • Liability of Unincorporated Associations
  • Review and Consolidation of the Law on Sexual Offences

The work of the Commission and its Legal Researchers involves extensive consultation with relevant people and bodies, including the public generally through Consultation Papers, Members of the Oireachtas, Government 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.


Access to Legislation

The Researcher will also, under the supervision of the Access to Legislation Manager and Deputy Managers, 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.   In relation to the Legislation Directory, this will involve detailed reading of legislation and noting of effects and other elements such as commencement information.   The work on Revised Acts will entail  the analysis of amendments and other legislative effects and their incorporation using an XML authoring system.  Work on the Classified List will  involve the use of an IT system to update and maintain the List.

Principal Duties

Under the supervision of the Director of Research and the Access to Legislation Manager successful candidates will:

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


Qualifications and Experience

Essential Requirements

Candidates must, on or before 31st July, 2022

  1.  hold an honours law degree (Level 8 in the National Framework of Qualifications) at least 2:1 honours or a recognised relevant professional legal qualification


  1. Have demonstrable experience in conducting in-depth legal research and analysis gained either through relevant undergraduate or post-graduate studies or through conducting legal research and analysis in a practical professional context.

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.
  • Have strong research and analytical skills with excellent attention to detail,
  • Have strong information technology skills and demonstrated experience of using a wide range of relevant information sources and online legal research tools and databases,
  • Have the ability to write and present research/information/analysis in a concise, accessible and plain-English style,
  • Ability to exercise integrity, professional judgement and deliver high quality work in a fast-paced work environment
  • Have the ability to plan, prioritise and monitor tasks in a systematic and organised way in order to deliver work against tights deadlines,
  • Be enthusiastic, highly motivated and capable of working independently and as well as part of a team
  • Have excellent interpersonal and communication skills.


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:

•         Specialist Knowledge, Expertise and Self-Development

•         Analysis and Decision Making

•         Delivery of Results

•         Interpersonal & Communication Skills


In addition to the above, the key competencies for effective performance at this level are detailed  at the end of the information booklet.


Please find the Information Booklet for this position here.
Please find the Application Form for this position here.

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