Position Description

Law Librarian
Location Washington, DC Metro Area
Job Code 1702
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Law Librarian


ZAI has a need for Law Librarian at a project located in Washington, DC. Knowledge and experience in areas; research and development; database management; Web design and content management; library product evaluation; and independent research and project collaboration.  Strong interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to lead and work as part of a team. The Law Librarian must have experience in the following areas;


  • Reference and Research Services, including knowledge of methodologies for identification and use of sources for legal research.
  • Expertise in the use and finding of legal and technical information. Ability to teach library users how to identify and use sources for legal research.
  • Knowledge of varied formats of print and electronic creation, storage, and retrieval of legal materials that are created, stored, and retrieved in full-text electronic databases, including systems of national and state case law as well as statutory and regulatory materials published in full-text in online systems.
  • Library Management, including strategic planning, marketing strategies, productivity, and innovation. Specifically: The Legal System: Ability to locate pertinent legal materials and recognize their relative importance to the user.
  • Working knowledge of the judicial, executive, and legislative branches of United States federal and state governments. Knowledge of the legislative process and the materials that form the legislative history of statutes.
  • Thorough understanding of the processes by which law is created, including common law, precedent, statutes, regulations, and constitutions.
  •   Must have a working knowledge of legal vocabulary and terminology, including legal abbreviations and citation systems.


Required Skill Sets:


  • Master’s degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited institution
  • Minimum one (1) year of professional Law library librarian experience  
  • Minimum/one-year experience: Areas of general professional librarian competencies include the following: Reference and Research Services; and Collection Management.
  • Minimum one-year experience working knowledge of the literature of the law, including primary and secondary sources, accompanying finding tools, and adjunct publications in all media formats (Print, full- text legal databases and microforms). Law and Ethics: Appropriately uses and disseminates legal information. Understands the legal complexities that affect access to and use of information, including copyright, PII and sensitive data
  • Familiarity with and understanding of legal requirements and ethical considerations of both the legal profession and librarianship.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office products to include Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.
  •  Experience working with Lexis, Westlaw, HeinOnline or CLEAR Investigative database software


ZAI is an equal opportunity employer. In compliance with Federal and State Equal Opportunity Laws, qualified applicants are considered for all positions applied for without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity) , national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, veterans status or any other legally protected status.


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