Prof Joshua Getzler is looking for two research assistants to help with research on common law materials in England and other Commonwealth and US jurisdictions.

Duration and hours

The work is to start immediately and will run until September 2018.

The hours will vary, but each assistant will be expected to work up to 15 hours.


The post will report to Prof Getzler.


  • A general understanding of the field of common law is essential.
  • A reasonable understanding of common law textbook tradition is essential.
  • Close knowledge of at least some substantive areas of private law (contract, tort, trusts and estates, real and personal property, commercial law, company law) and adjectival law (procedure, conflicts of law, evidence) is desirable.
  • A knowledge of or interest in legal history is desirable, but not essential, since one of the tasks sought is analysis of the 19th and 20th century textbook tradition in various common law jurisdictions, which does not require prior knowledge of legal history.
  • Good admin and IT skills are essential.
  • The work will ideally be done in major university law libraries with multi-jurisdictional and historical holdings, but much can be done using digital resources or more limited bibliographical collections. You must be able to travel to Oxford for occasional meetings during the summer break.


This post is open to current graduate research students in the Law Faculty and the hours are in line with the restrictions on working hours for students.

Rate of Pay

This will be paid at the standard research assistant rate of £14.80/hour plus holiday pay of £2.53 = total of £17.33/hour


This post is funded by the Law Faculty’s Research Support Fund.

How to Apply

A short CV and cover letter (including the name of your supervisor, if any) should be sent by email to by the 25th April 2018. Please explain briefly how you meet the requirements and give details of your availability over summer.

Supervisors may be asked for a reference.

Informal enquiries may be emailed to (Faculty member). 


Guidelines for Faculty members / line managers

Graduate Studies Committee agreed in Michaelmas Term 2013 the following guidelines and stipulations which were endorsed by the Law Faculty Board the same term.

BCL/MJur students are not permitted to undertake paid work of any kind for the Faculty, and are advised against undertaking paid work offered from any other source as well.

PRS, MPhil, and MSt students are not permitted to undertake teaching for the Faculty but can undertake up to eight hours’ paid work per week and can be employed by the Faculty up to that limit for work other than teaching.

DPhil students can undertake up to eight hours’ paid work of any kind (including teaching) per week and can be employed by the Faculty up to that limit.

Any queries regarding the eligibility of a particular student should be directed to Geraldine Malloy in the Faculty Office.