Research Assistant-Criminal Justice

The Constitutional Rights Clinic of Rutgers Law School, in partnership with the ACLU of New Jersey, is seeking to immediately hire a Rutgers Law School 2L or 3L as a research assistant for the 2021 fall semester for a joint project between the two organizations focusing on policing practices in different communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. This 20 hour/week position will compare police responses in different locales, serving different socioeconomic demographics, and elicit and analyze disparities in enforcement, particularly along racial lines.  The position starts September 13 and ends December 10, 2021.

The ACLU-NJ, headquartered in Newark with a full-time staff of 26, works in every corner of New Jersey to defend the principles of civil rights and individual liberties. The Rutgers Law School Constitutional Rights Clinic dedicates its time to ensure the protection of individual civil liberties and civil rights through legal representation, legal consultation, community outreach and advocacy, information and referrals.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Collect data about policing practices in different communities during the pandemic and compare police responses in different locales using Open Public Records Act requests;
  • Analyze and interpret raw data;
  • Track policies with regard to how those policing practices may have shifted (government representation, legislation, etc.);
  • Identify, analyze, and interpret trends or patterns in complex data sets; and
  • Input and update data into existing spreadsheets;
  • Draft legal analysis for report out on data; and
  • Discover and analyze disparities in enforcement, particularly on racial lines.


  • This position is designed for someone with experience or the ability to interpret and analyze data using statistical techniques (legal experience preferred);
  • Ability to develop and implement data analyses, data collection systems and other strategies;
  • Ability to acquire data from primary or secondary sources and maintain databases;
  • Some knowledge of statistics and experience using statistical packages for analyzing datasets (Excel, SPSS, SAS, etc.) preferred;
  • Adept at data queries, report writing and presenting findings;
  • Some technical expertise regarding data models, database design and segmentation.


The salary is $26.00 an hour.

To Apply

To apply, complete the application form below and upload a resume, a letter of interest, and a legal writing sample. Your letter of interest should explain ways in which you satisfy the skills and qualifications specified above. We also invite applicants to include in their letter information about how their background and/or experiences could contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and perspective of our staff and advocacy work.

Please provide a legal writing sample no longer than 10 pages that has not been edited by others, such as legal memo or a draft of a section of a legal brief.

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