Research Fellow in Law

Randwick, Australia
08 Jan 2018
End of advertisement period
28 Jan 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • One of Australia’s leading research & teaching universities
  • Vibrant campus life with a strong sense of community & inclusion
  • Enjoy a career that makes a difference by collaborating & learning from the best

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

UNSW Law. Ranked 15th in the world, UNSW Law is Australia’s leader in progressive and rigorous legal education and research. Inspired by principles of justice, UNSW Law through its teaching, research and community outreach, promotes a holistic understanding of law and its role in society. UNSW Law includes more than 90 academics, many of whom are leaders in their areas of research interest. The Faculty’s research is organised around a range of centres and disciplinary clusters.

Future of Law and Innovation in the Profession research stream (FLIP stream)

Research in the FLIP stream addresses the impact of technology and innovation on the legal profession. It will build on the work conducted by the Law Society of New South Wales that led to its Report on the Future of Law and Innovation in the Legal Profession (FLIP Report). 

The research will be organised around an annual topic and a number of smaller or longer term research projects and responses to law reform and government inquiries. The FLIP stream will part of the Law, Innovation and Technology Hub which has been recently established to develop and co-ordinate research on issues at the intersection of law, innovation and technology. 

Potential areas of research include the appropriate and ethical use of machine-based technologies in legal practice, new business models, the future roles for legal professionals; technological solutions to access to justice, such as online dispute resolution; unbundling of legal services, and alternative fee arrangements. The FLIP stream will also consider how legal education and training can adapt to produce graduates and practitioners with the broad skills needed to succeed in the legal roles of the future. 

The research fellow will work across various FLIP stream projects, but with a major focus on the annual topic, producing high quality sole and jointly authored publications.

About the role

  • $101,524 - $119,683 plus 17% superannuation and leave loading
  • Three years fixed term
  • Full time

The Fellow will assist the Director, and other academic members of the FLIP stream in carrying out stream research, including producing high quality publications, submissions, presentations and other pieces (eg reports, posters, media, blogs, social media). The research fellow will also be expected to participate actively in the intellectual life of the Law School.

About the successful applicant

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • An undergraduate/JD degree in Law and proven subject matter knowledge and interest in the FLIP stream research topics.
  • A PhD (or equivalent doctoral level qualification) in Law or a related discipline is desirable but not essential.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research and engage in both detailed and high level analysis.
  • Communication skills, including excellent command of English language as well as the ability to write for both legal and non-legal audiences.
  • The ability to work independently and as a member of a team, including the demonstrated capacity to collaborate with academics and others.

You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application. Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed.


Professor Michael Legg, FLIP stream Director


T: (61 2) 9385 9653

Applications close:  28 January 2018