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Research Assistant Position for Professor Shelley McGill at Wilfrid Laurier University
Project – The Law and Business Administration in Canada by Smyth, Soberman, Eason, McGill (Pearson Canada 15E)
1. Primary job responsibility is to update the footnotes for the new edition by way of noting up the footnotes in each of the 32 chapters presently contained in the 14th edition published in 2014.
2. You will need to read the sentence creating the footnote in order to know the context for the source and then do a quicklaw search of the case or statue cited to see if it has been appealed, affirmed or overruled (cases) or amended or repealed (statutes). Links to
secondary sources would be checked to make sure they are still active.
3. The research questions are: has the law changed? Or has there been a significant
application of the existing principle?
4. If the law has not changed but a significant case from outside Ontario has applied the law
– this is to be noted as well. One goal of the 15th edition is to expand content from outside
5. Comment on any other content in the chapter is welcome but not required– nor do you
have to re-write any text.
6. Specific foundation research will be required for 3 topics: Indigenous land claims, Cooperatives, third to be determined.
7. Remote access to quicklaw – nexislexis will be available using the WLU library remote.
The research assistant does not need to be based near Waterloo.
8. There is a flat stipend of $5000 for all research responsibilities which could be paid out
on a monthly or biweekly basis – as determined by payroll
9. The research assistant work will be completed incrementally between November 2017
and May 2018.
The successful applicant must be a student currently enrolled in an accredited Canadian university who has completed a minimum of first year at a Canadian accredited law school. Preference will be given to students who have an undergraduate education in business which includes a business law course. Familiarity with the undergraduate business law text, The Law and Business Administration in Canada by Smyth, Soberman, Eason, McGill, would also be an asset.
Interested students should forward their resumes (with current contact information) to Shelley McGill at email@example.com. Applicants should also include an unofficial transcript of their law school grades. Review of applications will commence on Sept 30th, 2017 and continue on a rolling basis until position is filled.