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 Research Fellowship
The Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy at New York University invites applications for a post-graduate legal fellowship. The Furman Center, jointly housed at NYU’s School of Law and its Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, is a leading academic research center devoted to the public policy aspects of land use, real estate development, and housing. The 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 email@example.com. Please include “Legal Research Fellowship” in the subject line.
Summer Legal Research Assistants
The Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy seeks NYU Law students to work as research assistants (RAs). 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 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:
- Current resume
- Cover letter
- NYU Law academic transcripts (unofficial copies of the transcript are acceptable)
- Writing sample
Email these four documents as attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Summer Legal RA Application.”
Graduate Research Assistants
The Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy hires NYU graduate and law students to work as research assistants (RAs) throughout the year.
Our spring 2015 positions are currently filled, but we invite interested graduate and law students to submit applications in case a spring position opens up, or for summer and fall openings.
RAs may work on a wide variety of projects throughout the year. These projects may include policy and communications work, data analysis, web development, or event planning. RAs additionally participate in brainstorming sessions and have access to informal and formal extracurricular training opportunities and networking. Ideal candidates possess a high level of ability in one or more of the below skill sets and exhibit an interest in or passion for urban policy, housing, and/or land use issues. Newly-hired RAs must commit approximately 10-20 hours per week during the school year. Opportunities are also available to work part-time or full-time hours during the summer.
To apply, NYU graduate students should send the following three items:
- Current resume
- Cover letter
- Academic transcripts for undergraduate and past graduate degree work (unofficial copies of the transcript are acceptable)
Email these three documents as attachments to email@example.com with the subject line “RA Application”.
While not required, the strongest applications also include supporting documentation of one or more of the below skill sets. To be considered for opportunities in policy analysis, please include a writing sample. To be considered for opportunities in communications or data visualization, please include links to past work. Students with or without programming skills are encouraged to apply for opportunities in data analysis. Applicants without prior 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.
We particularly seek research assistants with the following skill sets:
- GIS and spatial analytics
- Programming experience in R, SQL, Python, Ruby, or Perl
- Microsoft Excel
- Adobe Creative Suite
- Data visualization technologies and fusion tables
- PowerPoint and presentation development
- Research and policy analysis
- Legal research skills
- Strong writing skills
- Event planning and coordination
Please highlight in your resume or cover letter which skills you are prepared to offer, as well as your degree of proficiency in each.
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