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Visiting Law Reference Librarian, School of Law

Position Description

Seattle University School of Law invites applications and nominations for a Visiting Law Reference Librarian.  This academic appointment begins November 1, 2022 – December 31, 2022, at half time (20 hours per week) with benefits.  Starting January 1, 2023, the position will be full time (37.5 hours per week) and ends on April 30, 2022. 


Seattle University School of Law is committed to preparing great lawyers and leaders who make a difference for their clients and communities. We proudly and consistently attract the most diverse student body of any law school in the Pacific Northwest region (40% students of color in this year’s 1L class). Our commitment to academic distinction is grounded in our Jesuit Catholic tradition, one that encourages open inquiry, thoughtful reflection, and concern for personal growth. Innovation, creativity, and technological sophistication characterize our rigorous educational program, which prepares lawyers for a wide variety of successful careers in law, business, and public service.


Provide research, reference assistance, and instruction to law students, law faculty and other law library patrons. Provide in-class research presentations for externships, clinics, legal writing courses, orientation, and other courses and programs as requested. Provide research support and liaison services for faculty, programs, and student organizations. Create online research guides and collaborate on library special projects. Provide reference services via Zoom, email, and in-person. Other duties as assigned. Works scheduled hours as required.


An ALA-accredited MLS degree is required.  Requires proficiency with online legal research sources including Westlaw, Lexis, Bloomberg, and Fastcase. Ability to establish and maintain relationships with a diverse constituency of law students, law faculty, alumni, staff, and outside patrons. Able to use MS products including Outlook, OneDrive, Teams, and Excel. Strong service orientation is essential, as well as outstanding written and verbal communications skills. 


An ABA accredited J.D. degree is preferred. 

Law library or other related educational work experience is preferred.

Founded in 1891, Seattle University is a Jesuit Catholic university located on a beautiful campus of more than 50 acres in the dynamic heart of Seattle. Our diverse and driven population is made up of more than 7,200 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs within eight schools and colleges. Seattle University is an equal opportunity employer.

In support of its pursuit of academic and scholarly excellence, Seattle University is committed to creating a diverse community of students, faculty and staff that is dedicated to the fundamental principles of equal opportunity and treatment in education and employment regardless of age, color, disability, gender identity, national origin, political ideology, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The university encourages applications from, and nominations of, individuals who will further enrich the diversity of our educational community.

Application Instructions

For best consideration, submit application, including cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a list of references, to Questions about the Visiting Reference Librarian position in the School of Law should be directed to Stephanie Wilson, Associate Director of Reference Services and Outreach,

Seattle University
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122