Legal Research Consultant, Revolving Door Project

The Revolving Door Project, a project of the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), scrutinizes the people (current and potential) who run the executive branch of the federal government. Our goal is to ensure political appointees serve the broad public interest, rather than corporations’ narrow political agenda or their own personal advancement. 

The Revolving Door Project has a handful of openings for Legal Research Consultants over the summer and fall of 2020. This is a part-time, flexible position which would be geographically flexible even in the absence of a pandemic. The position will require approximately 10 to 20 hours of work per week and is well-suited for rising 3Ls or recent law school graduates. Most assignments would require 75-150 hours, with the possibility of somewhat greater hours existing.

Job Description: A Legal Research Consultant for the Revolving Door Project (RDP) at CEPR is responsible for a variety of important duties. The position may involve:

  • Juggling both long and short term legal research assignments; 
  • Writing legal memos designed to be read internally and/or by allies; and
  • Contributing to blogs and articles. 

The Legal Research Consultant will primarily be working on relatively esoteric issues of Administrative Law. Both case law and secondary literature will be relevant, as well as occasionally American political history and/or comparative political science. They will have the opportunity to propose and undertake independent research projects that draw further attention to our issues. 

Qualifications

  • Successful candidates will have completed at least a year of law school and will have an interest in topics such as economic justice, Administrative Law, and legal history. 
  • Candidates should have some or all of the following: an interest in research; strong knowledge of the political landscape; experience at a nonprofit, union, or similar environment with a track record of successful work; and a passion for reforming the executive branch.
  • A successful candidate will also have excellent attention to detail, ability to handle multiple projects and manage workflow effectively, good written and verbal communication skills, ability to work both independently and with a team, a sense of humor, and a shared commitment to CEPR and RDP’s mission and values.

Salary: The Revolving Door Project never pays less than a minimum wage of $15 per hour.

Deadline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

In rare, extenuating circumstances, the application period may be extended or shortened. In the event that the application period is shortened, CEPR will update this posting to notify candidates that they have seven calendar days remaining to apply.

To Apply: Send the following, in a single PDF file, to rdpjobs[at]cepr.net with the subject line “Legal Research Consultant, Revolving Door Project”:

1. a cover letter;

2. a résumé; 

3. a law school transcript; and

4. a writing sample on a relevant policy-related topic of anywhere from 500 to 1,500 words, or a description of a project you have completed independently or at another organization.

Please do not submit additional information apart from the items listed above. We expect to make a decision within three weeks of the deadline of the application. If you have any questions, please email hauser[at]cepr.net. Absolutely no calls.


Organization Description:  CEPR was established in 1999 to promote democratic debate on the most important economic and social issues that affect people’s lives. In order for citizens to effectively exercise their voices in a democracy, it is necessary that they be informed about the problems and choices that they face. An informed public should then be able to choose policies that lead to an improving quality of life, both for people within the United States, and around the world.

As part of its public education initiative, CEPR utilizes research findings and analysis to challenge the myths, assumptions, policies and institutions that perpetuate economic and social inequality. CEPR’s Co-directors are Eileen Appelbaum and Mark Weisbrot. Weisbrot founded CEPR along with Senior Economist Dean Baker.

The Revolving Door Project (RDP), a project of the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), scrutinizes executive branch appointees to ensure they use their office to serve the broad public interest, rather than to entrench corporate power or seek personal advancement.

Many of the deep rules that govern our rigged economy are written within the executive branch and outside the purview of most of civil society. From the semi-independent bureaus of the Treasury Department (the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the IRS) to the Federal Reserve, OMB, FTC, and beyond, executive branch personnel play a significant role in determining the fundamental rules that govern our economy.

The Revolving Door Project educates civil society in order to counteract the advantage that Wall Street and corporate America have in this rule writing process. We do this by alerting and educating the media and activists when hardworking people are being taken advantage of and clarifying by whom. If we want the executive branch to write rules that structure the economy away from rent extraction and in the direction of greater economic equality, we need to ensure the right people hold key executive branch positions like the Treasury Secretary and SEC Commissioner. The executive branch needs to empower dedicated civil servants rather than self-interested people rotating between relatively short stints in government and longer stints in the very industries they’re supposed to regulate.


CEPR and RDP are equal opportunity employers that consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any legally protected status. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.