Lead Student Blog Editor, Frontiers of Socio-Legal Studies

Internal Applicants Only

Deadline: 2 November 2023

Professor Linda Mulcahy is looking for a lead student blog editor for the socio-legal methodology blog 'Frontiers of Socio-Legal Studies': https://frontiers.csls.ox.ac.uk/. This blog provides a much-needed discussion forum for established academics and early career scholars. We consider these roles to be an excellent career development opportunity for research students who will gain experience of editing, commissioning copy and reviewing submissions under the guidance of a senior member of staff.  They also provide excellent opportunities for students to build networks within the socio-legal community. The lead student blog editor will work closely with four student section editors and with Professor Mulcahy who is the blog’s senior editor. The tasks for the lead student blog editor will include to:

  • Organise and attend editorial meetings for the Frontiers of Socio-Legal Studies blog 
  • Act as an ambassador for the blog and podcast series
  • Oversee the submission, review and production process 
  • Provide general administrative support to the Lead Editor of the blog
  • Contribute to the ongoing development of the blog
  • Oversee the production schedule
  • Receiving and processing unsolicited submissions
  • In consultation with the senior editor rejecting submissions that do not fall within the ambit of the blog or are of insufficient quality
  • Liaising with senior editor


Duration and hours

Working hours: a total of up to 66 hours across the duration of the project, to be agreed with the project supervisor.

Start date: 1 February 2024

Date by which the work must be completed: 30 June 2024



The Lead Student Blog Editor will report to Professor Linda Mulcahy. 



  • A degree in law or the social sciences is essential.
  • A good working knowledge of socio-legal methodology and methods, ethics and the challenges of fieldwork is essential.
  • Editorial experience or experience of running a blog is essential.
  • Strong writing, copy editing, and communication skills are essential.
  • Good admin and IT skills are essential.
  • A demonstrable interest in socio-legal studies is essential.

Your normal place of work will be the Manor Road Building, Manor Road.  However, provided you have the agreement of your PI/Supervisor, and a suitable space to work (including library access if required), it may be possible to undertake the work remotely, which could be anywhere in the UK.  

Please note that you will be required to complete a Right to Work check before starting work. The Law Faculty HR Team will contact you directly to arrange for the appropriate check to take place. What is a right to work check? | Staff Immigration (ox.ac.uk)



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

It is expected that the work will be undertaken in the UK. 


Rate of Pay

The work will be paid at £17.03 per hour, which equates to University Grade 6, point 1, on the basis of completed and approved timesheets, which must be submitted to payroll@law.ox.ac.uk by the last Friday of each calendar month for payment on the last working day of the following month.

In addition, paid annual leave will be assumed to be taken in the month in which it was accrued.



This opportunity is funded by a Law Faculty Internet Engagement Fund award (FIEF2223-06).

The role is advertised within the terms of our Blog Editor scheme.


How to Apply

A short CV and cover letter (including the name of your supervisor) should be sent by email to Linda Mulcahy (admin@csls.ox.ac.uk) by 2 November 2023.  Please explain how you meet the requirements for the role, and give details of your availability. Supervisors may be asked for a reference. 

Enquiries about the project are welcome, and may be addressed to Linda Mulcahy at linda.mulcahy@csls.ox.ac.uk. General queries, e.g. about the appointment process, or eligibility, may be addressed to research@law.ox.ac.uk.

Guidelines for Faculty members, line managers and students

Work must not commence without a letter of engagement or variable hours contract and a right to work check having been carried out by the Faculty Personnel Officer.

Graduate student engagement opportunities in the Faculty of Law usually fall into one of three categories: Research AssistantGraduate Teaching Assistant; or Blog Editor

Full-time graduate students in the Faculty of Law may work up to 8 hours per week, or a common sense average across the year, regardless of the type of work.

Students may not work for their own supervisor without the approval of the Associate Dean for Graduate Students.

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