Academic placements

We are open to suggestions from academics and PhD students for an attachment to the Law Commission, to work on projects relevant to their research interests. Details of our current projects are given on this website.

The position would be unpaid, since the expectation would be that the candidate had funding from their academic institution or elsewhere – for example, by grant or on paid sabbatical. However, reasonable travel expenses would be paid (but not accommodation or subsistence). The skills/expertise offered by the candidate need not be solely legal. The Commission would be interested in approaches, for example, from sociologists or criminologists.

We cannot accommodate more than a few placements at any one time and the arrangements would be tailored on an individual basis. This would include details of length of attachment, expectations on contributions to the project in question, attendance and involvement at the Commission, liaison, facilities, arrangements for disclosure/publication/attribution of work undertaken.

Anyone interested in working at the Law Commission on this basis will be asked to demonstrate that they have a specific contribution to make to a current project, for example, on the basis of their expertise, previous work or field of academic work. Those interested should contact our Enquiries desk


We do not run our own intern scheme, although we advertise annually for fixed-term, paid research assistants. We may, however, consider applications interns from organisations or academic institutions that run internship schemes. Interested organisations running such schemes should contact our Enquiries desk

Recruitment of research assistants

We run an annual recruitment exercise for our research assistants. We usually begin advertising each January, and we make the details available on the Working for the Law Commission page.

Research assistants usually undertake a one year contract, which begins in or around September.