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Research Fellow, SSLA

Term: 1-year appointment with possible renewal for up to two additional years


Stanford Securities Litigation Analytics is a research center within Stanford Law School focusing on public company shareholder litigation and corporate governance matters. SSLA closely collaborates with legal practitioners and risk managers to pursue research questions with practical applications. SSLA’s Social Science Research Professional position is designed for recent college or master’s program graduates and for those considering graduate school, law school and/or business school in the future.


The person in this position will report to the Executive Director of the SSLA project, Jason Hegland, and SSLA Program Manager, Carin LeVine. The person in this position will be responsible for data collection, data analysis, drafting blog posts, articles and reports, and the expansion of the database into new areas of corporate and securities litigation. The person in this position will use various research tools, such as Bloomberg Law, Lexis Securities Mosaic, Sentieo, CRSP and Compustat/CapIQ financial database, etc.


  • Aggregating and reviewing court filings, SEC disclosures, academic papers, news reports and industry
  • Identify, select, extract and summarize data from research sources and entering it into SSLA databases related to corporate and securities litigation.
  • Statistical analyses of data in those databases
  • Communication with research collaborators and industry practitioners. Assist with development, communication and design of research findings to internal and external audiences, which may include web updates, social media, and/or white papers, with guidance from supervisor.
  • Analyzing and summarize the data and contributing to publication drafts
  • Audit the accuracy and validity of data
  • Working with other SSLA researchers and developers to identify opportunities for improving data quality and research methodology
  • Plan and perform research tasks requiring initiative and judgment by applying basic knowledge and understanding departmental goals. General instruction provided by the supervisor as needed. May interpret study results in collaboration with supervisor or Faculty Director.
  • Ensure compliance with research protocols.
  • Build and organize data as requested by principal investigator or supervisor; use common statistical programs requiring the application of job control language in generating and organizing data.
  • Adapt new, nonstandard methods outlined by supervisor in designing and evaluating phases of research projects, (i.e., educational materials, questionnaires, strategies for recruitment, data quality control procedures and processes).


  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in the social sciences or another relevant field, or combination of education and relevant experience 
  • General understanding of scientific theory and methods, typically gained through completion of an undergraduate degree in a related field.
  • General computer skills and ability to quickly learn and master computer programs.
  • Ability to work under deadlines with general guidance.
  • Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to complete detailed work accurately.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Outstanding academic credentials and intellectual creativity
  • Coursework in statistics or econometrics
  • Experience with empirical research
  • Writing experience and coursework in social sciences
  • Programming experience in Stata or R is preferred
  • Experience and excellent skills in displaying data using Excel

Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

Stanford Law School seeks to hire the best talent and to promote a safe and secure environment for all members of the university community and its property. To that end, new staff hires must successfully pass a background check prior to starting work at Stanford University.


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