Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Research Analyst

Department
Library

OVERVIEW

The Legal Research Analyst provides reference and expert in-depth research on legal, regulatory, tax, corporate and general matters, using the Library’s electronic and print resources.  The Legal Research Analyst develops educational programs and teaches research skills to the legal and administrative staff.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provides high-level legal, regulatory, legislative, tax, corporate, and general domestic and international research and reference services to attorneys, legal assistants, clients, and administrative staff;
  • Maintains proficiency to perform searches on over 100 rapidly-changing databases (including Lexis, Westlaw, Wolters Kluwer Cheetah, LexMachina, Reorg, Bloomberg/B-Law, Pacer, CourtLink, Capital IQ, OCLC, Intelligize, Deal Point Data ThomsonOne, Factset, Checkpoint, Accurint and others);
  • Maintains expert-level knowledge of internal knowledge resources, to use effectively to collaborate with Knowledge Services and to answer research requests;
  • Evaluates diverse information sources for currency, reliability, relevance and cost-effectiveness, and selects the optimal resources for particular research requests;
  • Proactively communicates with lawyers and administrative staff to clarify research requests, and to set parameters on the scope, cost limitations, and delivery expectations;
  • Supports the Competitive Intelligence manager in performing research for Firm constituents such as strategy committees, Firm management, and business development;
  • Sets up legal, regulatory, Bloomberg Law and SEC filings watches and collaborates with the News Analyst to meet the attorneys’ needs;
  • Handles interlibrary loan requests and evaluates the most cost effective options for large document requests using document service provider online subscriptions;
  • Develops and teaches courses on how to do effective legal research for legal and administrative staff. Provides attorneys and legal assistants with database research guidance;
  • Keeps abreast of changes in legal, business, and general research databases, including electronic databases, digital resources such as eBooks, and print trends;
  • Stays up-to-date on changes in legal and financial services, the business community, major legal and regulatory changes, and legal technologies;
  • Evaluates news print and electronic resources and assists in managing the library collection by making informed recommendations;
  • Participates in trials, demos, purchasing decisions, and testing new application versions with the Information Technology department;
  • Maintains an up-to-date Legal Research page for one or more legal practice groups, with links to and descriptions of key electronic resources;
  • Contributes to the department’s communications such as cost-effective use guides, bibliographies, pathfinders and research tip sheets;
  • Works collaboratively as well as alone to ensure top-quality research results;
  • Maintains a network of professionals in law firms, local and out-of-town academic institutions and other organizations to borrow or acquire materials, and to exchange information and share expertise;
  • Researches and writes regular and systematic summaries and updates on topics of special interest to attorneys, such as the ECB and IP newsletters, as needed;
  • Addresses database content and functionality issues, billing concerns, and access problems with vendors, on a timely basis to ensure uninterrupted service to our lawyers and administrative staff;
  • Continuously monitors the Quest system for incoming requests, and responds in a full, accurate and timely manner. Completes relevant fields and resolves the same day; and
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master’s degree in Library Science from an accredited library school;
  • 5+ years of experience in a law firm, corporation, or investment banking library performing research and reference;
  • Expert-level legal, legislative, regulatory, corporate, tax and general research and reference skills;
  • Extensive database knowledge and skills (Lexis, Westlaw, Bloomberg/B-Law, Pacer, Cheetah, OCLC, Intelligize, Deal Point Data, Accurint, CourtLink, Capital IQ, Checkpoint, Securities Mosaic, etc.);
  • Understanding of the legal profession, including a basic knowledge of litigation and transactional practices;
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills and the ability to set priorities;
  • Highly developed organizational skills;
  • Polished communication, presentation and interpersonal skills for working with associates and staff;
  • Collaborative team outlook is required with expectation of helping colleagues upon request;
  • Knowledge of Word, Excel, PowerPoint;
  • Ability to work as a team player, working cooperatively with all personnel;
  • Strong client service attitude;
  • Adaptability and ability to solve problems and work well under pressure despite strict deadlines;
  • Ability to work with a minimum of supervision, and to follow up and follow through despite tight deadlines and multiple responsibilities;
  • Proven ability to teach individuals and small groups in formal and informal settings;
  • Ability to coordinate several activities at one time;
  • Capable of adjusting to change; and
  • Ability to work outside of normal schedule, as needed.

This position is located in our New York office. We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits including medical, dental, vision care, 401(k), and health club privileges.