Job Opportunities

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 Fellow (accepting applications on a rolling basis)

  2. Legal Student Research Assistants (accepting applications on a rolling basis)

  3. Undergraduate Data Assistant (accepting applications on a rolling basis)


The NYU Furman Center at New York University invites applications for a post-graduate legal fellowship. The NYU 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 legal 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 their choice in preparation to enter the academic job market, and Furman Center research projects, conducted jointly with faculty members, graduate students, and staff.


In recent years, legal fellows have worked on projects addressing the legal impediments to the development of micro and accessory dwelling units in New York and other cities; an empirical and legal analysis of the use of transferable development rights in New York City; the economics of and legal issues surrounding mandatory inclusionary zoning; a number of projects addressing fair housing requirements; and an analysis of exclusionary zoning. The Legal Fellow is invited to participate in faculty workshops, colloquia, and other scholarly forums at the NYU School of Law. 


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


This two-year fellowship would begin in the spring/fall of 2023. In compliance with NYC's Pay Transparency Act, the annual base salary range for this position is $70,000 - $70,000. New York University considers factors such as (but not limited to) scope and responsibilities of the position, candidate's work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, as well as market and organizational considerations when extending an offer.


To Apply: Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, scholarly writing sample, law school transcript, and the names and contact information of 3 references. Send application materials and questions to [email protected]. Please include “Legal Fellow” in the subject line. Applications 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 selected for an interview will be contacted. 

The NYU Furman Center seeks NYU Law students to work as research assistants (RAs). Opportunities are available during the academic year, as well as during winter and summer recesses. 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.

The Center seeks part-time legal RAs to work on projects related to housing law and policy, including rent regulation, fair housing, and the conversion of commercial space into housing post-COVID. RAs may be tasked, among other responsibilities, with case law, statutory, and regulatory research, helping to draft model legislation, and tracking recent developments in relevant housing laws across jurisdictions.

RAs will also have opportunities to participate in brainstorming sessions with the Furman Center’s dynamic interdisciplinary team of lawyers, economists, and urban planners, and will have access to informal and formal extracurricular training opportunities and networking. Ideal candidates exhibit an interest in or passion for housing, urban policy, and/or poverty law. These RA positions are flexible and RAs may work remotely. 

To Apply: NYU Law students should submit the following four items:

  1. Current resume
  2. Cover letter
  3. NYU Law academic transcripts (unofficial copies of the transcript are acceptable)
  4. Writing sample

Email these four documents as attachments to [email protected] with the subject line “Law RA Application.” Please indicate your expected availability. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. In compliance with NYC’s Pay Transparency Act, the hourly base salary at NYU Law School for student employment positions is $15 per hour.

3. Undergraduate Data Assistant

The NYU Furman Center invites applications from NYU undergraduate students for a data assistant position to begin 2023-24 Academic Year.

NYU Furman Center’s mission includes a commitment to train the next generation of urban policy leaders. In furtherance of this commitment, we strive to ensure that students work on projects that help meet their longer-term academic and career goals. 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. 

At the NYU Furman Center, our work is a reflection of the amazing people that make up our team, and we are committed to fostering a community that values diversity of backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences. All candidates should exhibit an interest in the Center’s research areas (housing, neighborhoods, and urban policy).

Day-to-day activities may include: data cleaning, data documentation, exploratory data analysis, data visualization, mapping, and general programming.

Qualifications and Skills: We are looking for a reliable and committed team member with strong quantitative skills, attention to detail, excellent organizational skills, and a positive attitude. Applicants with one or more of the following qualifications are encouraged to apply:

  • Data cleaning skills
  • Statistical programming: R (required), tidyverse (preferred)
  • Data visualization tools (e.g. ggplot/Plotly) and fusion tables

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. Preference will be given to junior undergraduates for the 2023-2024 academic year who can start immediately, but all undergraduate applications will be considered.

This position is for the 2023-24 academic year. There is potential for full- or part-time work during school breaks, as well as to continue for future academic years. Students must be able to commit 12-20 hours/week (normal business hours) during fall and spring semesters.  

Performance will be evaluated through informal and formal check-ins with their direct supervisor.

In compliance with NYC’s Pay Transparency Act, the hourly base salary range for student employment positions is $15 per hour for undergraduate students. 

To Apply: Interested candidates should email the required documents below as attachments to [email protected] with the subject line “Undergraduate Data Assistant Application.” Please also indicate in your application your summer availability and when you are available to begin working.

  1. Current resume
  2. Cover letter
  3. Academic transcripts for undergraduate and past/current graduate degree work (unofficial copies of the transcript are acceptable)
  4. Documentation/Code samples/Portfolio of relevant programming, or data work

NYU is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity in every aspect of its recruitment and hiring process without regard to age, alienage, caregiver status, childbirth, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, domestic violence victim status, ethnicity, familial status, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital status, military status, national origin, parental status, partnership status, predisposing genetic characteristics, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, unemployment status, veteran status, or any other legally protected basis. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels.

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