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The NYU Furman Center is a joint center of the New York University School of Law and Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service that advances research and debate on housing, neighborhoods, and urban policy.

We are now hiring for the following positions (see full descriptions below):

  1. Legal Research Fellow (posted September 2, 2015)

  2. Graduate Researchers (now hiring for Fall 2015)

  3. Legal Research Assistants (now hiring for Summer 2016)

Full job descriptions and application instructions are below.


1. Legal Research Fellow

Job description (PDF)


2. Graduate Research Assistants

The NYU Furman Center hires enrolled NYU graduate students to work as graduate researchers on a rolling basis throughout the year. Positions are filled for fall 2015 and spring 2016. However, we are accepting applications for summer 2016 and for possible spring openings that may arise.

Graduate students are an integral part of the NYU Furman Center team and are engaged in all aspects of the Center’s work, including all-team brainstorming sessions, research, and public events. We also plan events throughout the year targeted to our student team, including skill building sessions, research seminars, and alumni networking opportunities.   

We strive to ensure that graduate students work on projects that will help to meet their longer-term goals. Daily tasks may include background research and literature review, policy analysis, communications assistance, data analysis, web development, and event planning. In general, graduate researchers tend to specialize in one of two areas:

All candidates should exhibit an interest in the Center’s research areas (housing, neighborhoods, and urban policy) and must be able to contribute one or more of the skills listed below. Newly-hired graduate researchers must commit approximately 12-20 hours per week during the school year, or up to 40 hours/week during school breaks and summer.   

Skill Sets

At the Furman Center, we are looking for people who can help us in the areas listed below; those applicants with one or more of these skill sets should consider applying.

Please highlight relevant skills and your degree of proficiency in your resume or cover letter. The strongest applications include samples of prior work or other documentation demonstrating experience or aptitude in these areas. In particular, applicants for data/GIS positions without programming experience should demonstrate strong quantitative aptitude along with proficiency in general-use data applications (Excel, Access, Salesforce, etc.) or experience in quantitative environments, such as consulting, engineering, or financial management.

To Apply

Interested candidates should email the required documents below as attachments to with the subject line “Graduate Researcher Application.” Please also indicate in your application what semester you are available to begin working.

  1. Current resume
  2. Cover letter
  3. Writing sample (1-3 pages)
  4. Academic transcripts for undergraduate and past graduate degree work (unofficial copies of the transcript are acceptable)
  5. Portfolio of relevant web-based, design, programming, or data visualization work (not required)


3. Legal Research Assistants (Summer 2016)

The NYU Furman Center seeks NYU Law students to work as research assistants (RAs). The Furman Center is a joint center of the New York University School of Law and Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service that advances research and debate on housing, neighborhoods, and urban policy.

Legal RAs have the opportunity to work closely with the Furman Center’s dynamic interdisciplinary team of lawyers, economists, and urban planners on projects addressing important and timely urban policy issues in the areas of affordable housing, real estate finance, and land use. RAs work closely with our research teams, conducting legal research and writing memos, helping draft reports, and working on other aspects of project design and management. RAs also participate in brainstorming sessions with our faculty members, staff, post-doctoral fellows (legal and economic), and PhD and graduate students, and have access to informal and formal extracurricular training opportunities and networking. Ideal candidates exhibit an interest in or passion for urban policy, housing, and/or land use issues. 

Summer RA positions typically run for at least ten weeks, starting in June and running into August. However, there is room for flexibility, depending on the circumstances.

Application Procedure

To apply, NYU Law students should submit the following four items:

Email these four documents as attachments to with the subject line “Summer Legal RA Application.” 


New York University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.