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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 Fellowship 
  2. Legal Research Assistants (summer 2015)
  3. Graduate Research Assistants (summer and fall 2015)

Full job descriptions and application instructions are below.


1. Legal Research Fellowship

The NYU Furman Center invites applications for a post-graduate legal fellowship. The NYU Furman Center’s law fellowships are designed for promising legal scholars with a strong interest in housing, local government, real estate, or land use law. The Fellow’s time is shared equally between independent research on topics of his or her choice and preparation to enter the academic job market, and Furman Center research projects, conducted jointly with faculty members, graduate students, and staff. Recent projects have addressed such topics as the consequences of mortgage foreclosures, the effects of inclusionary zoning, and the impact of housing vouchers on crime. The Fellow also helps produce the Center’s annual State of New York City’s Housing and Neighborhoods report. The Law Fellow is invited to participate in faculty workshops, colloquia, and other scholarly forums at the NYU School of Law, and will have the opportunity to work with NYU law school professors and particularly with those who serve on the Center’s Advisory Committee. This two-year fellowship typically begins summer/fall. The position comes with a salary and generous benefits.

A J.D. degree, superior academic achievement, excellent writing skills, initiative, and a demonstrated interest in and commitment to scholarship are required.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, scholarly writing sample, and the names and contact information of 3 references. Applications are preferred by 2/15/2015 but will be given consideration until the position is filled. Review of applications will begin immediately and will be evaluated on a rolling basis. Only candidates of interest will be contacted.

To Apply

Application materials and questions should be sent to Please include “Legal Research Fellowship” in the subject line.


2. Summer Legal Research Assistants

The NYU Furman Center seeks NYU Law students to work as research assistants (RAs). Legal RAs have the opportunity to work closely with the NYU 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 RAs 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.  

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.” 


3. Graduate Research Assistants

The NYU Furman Center hires enrolled graduate students to work as research assistants (RAs) on a rolling basis throughout the year. We are now actively recruiting applicants for summer and fall 2015.

RAs 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 RA team, including skill building sessions, research seminars, and alumni networking opportunities.   

We strive to ensure that RAs 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, RAs tend to specialize in one of two areas:

Policy/Communications RAs help to promote and advance the work of the NYU Furman Center to the public. Day-to-day duties may include digital communications, policy research and writing, website management, media relations, press releases, data request assistance, and event planning.

Data/GIS RAs support the Center’s academic and policy research projects with quantitative analysis, data visualization, mapping and spatial analysis, data cleaning, documentation and data descriptions, and programming.

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 RAs must commit approximately 12-20 hours per week during the school year, or up to 40 hours/week during the 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. 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.

Please highlight relevant skills and your degree of proficiency in your resume or cover.

To Apply

Interested candidates should email the required documents below as attachments to with the subject line “RA 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)


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