Legal Research – Sentencing Law

  • University of Winnipeg
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • Aug 19, 2019
Full time Legal Support Legal Researcher

Job Description

This posting will be used to fill 3 vacancies.

Research Assistants are students, normally in a University of Winnipeg undergraduate program, employed to assist with tasks related to research in the student’s area of study. Work is performed within defined guidelines and under supervision of a more senior researcher or faculty member.

Position Overview:

The Criminal Justice Department, seeks multiple research assistants for work on projects related to sentencing.

The first project, “Legal Ramifications of Problem Gambling” explores the relationship of gambling, crime and the judicial system.

The second project, “Does Canada Have an Ideal Victim” explores the role of victim status in second degree murder sentencing decisions and is in collaboration with another Professor.

Successful candidates may have the opportunity to work on other projects as assigned, including research on expert witnesses (with Professor Michael Weinrath), multiple murder sentencing, and other areas of the criminal law.


  • Review case law and academic articles.
  • Summarizing of legal materials.
  • General copy-editing.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.
  • Data entry into Excel or SPSS


  • Completion of at least first year of law school, or completion of Criminal Law (CJ-2130) and Criminal Procedure (CJ-3130) and Advanced Criminal Law (CJ-4130) at the University of Winnipeg, or equivalent courses in other departments/institutions.
  • Experience reading case law.
  • Knowledge of sentencing law, a social sciences background, experience in copy editing, legal research experience and knowledge of Excel and/or SPSS would all be assets for this position.
  • High attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated understanding of criminal law.
  • Highly motivated, organized and able to work independently.
  • General working knowledge of Excel.

NOTE: Please indicate on your cover letter the range of hours per week you desire work during the summer, and the range of hours per week you desire to work during the school year.

The period of work will be immediately until March 31, 2020 and the estimated total hours of work will be 5 - 100.

Note: This position is represented by the Public Service Alliance of Canada - Research Capacity Unit.

The University of Winnipeg is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion and recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research environments, and is essential to academic and institutional excellence. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals and encourage women, members of racialized communities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity to confidentially self-identify at time of application. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

Practice Area(s)

research law