Research assistants

We launched a recruitment campaign on 2 January 2015 to fill a number of research assistant vacancies.  The closing date is 29 January 2015.  Interviews will take place between 16 and 27 March 2015.

We expect to have up to 18 posts available within the following teams:

  • Commercial and Common Law
  • Criminal law
  • Property Family and Trust Law
  • Public Law
  • Statute Law Repeals

The posts will be on a fixed-term basis, for approximately 51 weeks, starting on 1 September 2015.  The salary is £24,507 per annum.

There is a a great deal of competetition for these posts, and we are looking for outstanding research and writing skills.  Our minimum criteria are that by August 2015 you should have completed two years' full time substantive legal studies (or the equivalent in part time study).

Before you decide anything, you should read the Guide for Applicants, which contains full details of terms and conditions and how to apply.

Academic placements

We are open to suggestions from academics and PhD students for an attachment to the Law Commission, to work on projects relevant to their research interests.  Details of our current projects are given on this website.

The position would be unpaid, since the expectation would be that the candidate had funding from their academic institution or elsewhere – for example, by grant or on paid sabbatical. However, reasonable travel expenses would be paid (but not accommodation or subsistence). The skills/expertise offered by the candidate need not be solely legal. The Commission would be interested in approaches, for example, from sociologists or criminologists.

We cannot accommodate more than a few placements at any one time and the arrangements would be tailored on an individual basis. This would include details of length of attachment, expectations on contributions to the project in question, attendance and involvement at the Commission, liaison, facilities, arrangements for disclosure/publication/attribution of work undertaken.

Anyone interested in working at the Law Commission on this basis will be asked to demonstrate that they have a specific contribution to make to a current project, for example, on the basis of their expertise, previous work or field of academic work. Those interested should contact Donna Greene.


We do not run our own intern scheme, although we advertise annually for fixed-term, paid Research Assistants. We are, however, happy to take interns from organisations or academic institutions that run internship schemes, such as The Hansard Society and ESRC. Interested organisations running such schemes should contact Donna Greene.