Research Specialist

University of Toronto

Dentons is designed to be different. Our firm leads the way in a rapidly changing legal marketplace. We challenge the status quo and deliver consistent results as well as uncompromising quality and value to our clients. Our global presence is renowned with over 20,000 individuals in more than 200 offices across 82 countries.

Dentons Canada is committed to its people and communities. We are consistently recognized as an employer of choice having received numerous awards including being selected as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers (2023); Canada’s Top Employers for Young People (2023); Canada’s Best Diversity Employers (2022); Mansfield Rule 4.0+ Certification; Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards, North America 2021; and Canada Law Awards for Pro Bono Initiative of the Year 2021.

This role is an opportunity for you to join the world’s largest law firm, a firm that offers opportunities to build your career while growing your skills and deepening your expertise.

Position Summary:
Are you looking for an opportunity to work and grow your career at a dynamic and progressive global law firm? Do you enjoy interacting with people, and taking on interesting and challenging research questions and projects? Are you a keen learner who is always looking to expand your skills and knowledge?

Dentons Canada is recruiting for a Research Specialist, located in our Vancouver, BC office. Reporting to the Director, the Research Specialist will play an important role as part of a national team of professionals providing high-quality research, training and information services to lawyers, students, and staff.

At Dentons, you will work in a friendly and supportive team environment, and have access to best-in-class research tools and resources. You will interact with Dentons colleagues around the world, and have the opportunity to participate in exciting learning and development programs and initiatives.

This is a full-time, permanent, agile/hybrid role, which includes a combination of working in the office and working from home.

– Conduct in-depth & value-added legal, business and media/news research, demonstrating knowledge and skill by identifying, analyzing and synthesizing relevant information to support client work.
– Identify, evaluate, analyze and summarize key information from relevant online and print sources to provide custom, high-quality research deliverables to lawyers and business services staff. Prepare and write detailed, accurate and concise research deliverables.
– Develop, design and present legal and business research training using innovative methods and technology to students, lawyers and staff.
– Participate in legal technology and automation, knowledge management and other practice support projects and initiatives at Dentons.
– Develop and build strong relationships within the firm, and with key external trainers, vendors and legal publishers.
– Assist with the selection and evaluation of legal, tax and business research tools and resources, including online platforms, databases, and apps.
– Actively participate in Dentons global research and knowledge initiatives, professional development associations, learning opportunities and firm social events.
– Other duties as assigned.

– MLS/MI degree, or equivalent from an accredited postgraduate university program is required.
1-3 years relevant experience in professional services, law firms, financial services institutions is preferred. Recent graduates with some legal research experience, and a strong interest in law librarianship are also encouraged to apply.
– Must have excellent client service skills.
– Strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills, and attention to detail is required.
– Must be self-motivated, and demonstrate initiative.
– Must possess good technical skills and online searching capabilities. Familiarity with and knowledge of online legal, business and media/news research platforms and tools, including Westlaw, Lexis Advance Quicklaw, Proview, Practical Law etc. is preferred.
– Must possess strong technical skills and online searching capabilities.
– Good project and time management skills, and the ability to work on multiple tasks and projects simultaneously is required.
– Fluency is French is an asset.
– Be comfortable with change and possess ability to actively participate in, or lead new research initiatives and projects.
– Must be able to work independently with minimum supervision, and as part of a team of researchers located across the country.

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