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Above The Law Seeks An Additional Writer And An Intern

As 2012 draws to a close, marked by bonus announcements and holiday parties, many of our readers are thinking about making career transitions. Departure memos follow bonus checks as naturally as models and bottles follow… bonus checks.

Here at Above the Law, we regularly receive inquiries from people interested in working with us, on either a full-time basis or as guest contributors. While we are thankful for your interest, we are usually not in a position where we are looking (so if you don’t hear back from us in response to your query or pitch, please assume that we’re passing).

But right now we happen to be in hiring mode. Keep reading for information about the two positions we’re hoping to fill….

We have two open positions: a full-time position as an assistant editor, previously occupied by Chris Danzig, and a paid internship, previously occupied by Mary Kate Sullivan. Here are details about the positions and how to apply for them.

ABOVE THE LAW — INFORMATION FOR ASSISTANT EDITOR POSITION

1. We are seeking a full-time writer/editor to join the team here at Above the Law as an assistant editor. The position involves writing, editing, social media outreach, and various administrative tasks related thereto.

2. The position is not limited geographically; you don’t have to be in New York, where ATL is based. So you can telecommute; just be prepared to spend many hours on Gchat. Because we do much of our work based on email and phone contact, this job is best for people who do not mind sitting at a computer for hours at a time.

3. We have some flexibility on beats, but you would be expected to cover legal technology, including legal tech products and launches, and social media.

4. Legal education or experience is not required, but it’s a definite plus, in light of our audience and the topics we cover. All three of our current full-time writers — Lat, Elie, and Staci — have law degrees and legal experience.

5. Also helpful: a sense of humor. If you can’t write funny but you still want this job, then something is funny about you.

6. A thick skin is required; sensitive types need not apply. If having mean things said about you in the ATL comments, over email, or directly to your face after the ATL team starts drinking would hurt your feelings, then this isn’t the job for you.

7. The position is paid, albeit modestly (think entry-level journalism salary). But it does come with benefits, including but not limited to health insurance.

8. If you’re interested, please email us, subject line “Writer Application.” Please include (a) a short explanation of your interest in the position, (b) a current résumé, and (c) some clips or writing samples, if available (as either links or attachments).

9. Please apply no later than Wednesday, December 12, at 11:59 PM Eastern time.

10. We don’t send emails confirming receipt of applications, and we don’t send rejection emails. If you haven’t heard from us by December 31, you can assume we’ve gone in a different direction.

ABOVE THE LAW — INFORMATION FOR INTERNSHIP POSITION

1. We are seeking an intern to work with us here in our New York office. Our internships are educational experiences and would be excellent for journalism students, undergraduate or graduate, who are interested in blogging, new media, or legal journalism.

2. The internship may involve research, writing, editing, social media, and database work — and, to be honest, some of this work will be less than thrilling (i.e., administrative or menial in nature). But there could be byline opportunities for aspiring writers.

3. Please note that this internship is a media internship, not a legal internship. The position is therefore not ideal for law students, since you wouldn’t be doing substantive legal work. Law students can certainly apply — here at ATL, we don’t take a “lawyers need not apply” approach — but we are more interested in working with and mentoring aspiring journalists.

4. The position is paid, albeit modestly (think minimum wage). We are probably looking for no more than 15 hours per week (i.e., this is not a full-time position, and it does not come with benefits).

5. If you’re interested, please email us, subject line “Internship Application.” Please include (a) a short explanation of your interest in the position, (b) a current résumé, and (c) some clips or writing samples, if available (as either links or attachments).

6. Please apply no later than Wednesday, December 12, at 11:59 PM Eastern time.

7. We don’t send emails confirming receipt of applications, and we don’t send rejection emails. If you haven’t heard from us by December 31, you can assume we’ve gone in a different direction.

We thank you in advance for your interest and your applications, and we look forward to hearing from you.

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