Front-End Developer, Legal Information Institute

JavaScript, CSS Framework, python
Full Time
Telecommuting not available Travel not required

Job Description

What is Cornell University and what is Legal Information Institute (LII)?

The Legal Information Institute ( was founded in 1992 to address a simple but important problem: people should be able to find and understand the laws that affect them. In the 25 years since, we have used technology to make law more accessible to millions of people from around the world. Last year, our services were used by more than 32 million people in 246 countries and territories.

We are a small, highly collaborative research, engineering, and editorial group housed at the Cornell Law School in Ithaca, NY. Our collaborators include publishers, legal scholars, computer scientists, government agencies, and other groups and individuals that promote open access to law, worldwide. We bring a rich diversity of backgrounds and experience to our work, and we relish a good challenge.

Cornell University, unique among peers, is the federal land-grant institution of New York State, a private endowed university, and a member of the Ivy League. Working at a university gives us unique learning and research opportunities, and long-term, our University affiliation has helped us balance our passion for innovation with a commitment to sustainability.


What you will do:

As the Front-end Developer, you will work as part of our engineering team, which builds usable, reliable, fast-loading applications that bring American law to people from all walks of life - lawyers, engineers, construction workers, students, disability advocates, bankers, farmers, and many, many more. You will:

  • Use modern frameworks to build or extend web applications to present legal information in the most user-friendly way possible
  • Develop user-facing features and visualizations based on data from back-end systems that underpin the LII's current technical architecture.
  • Maintaining author- and end-user-facing features in LII's current content management system.
  • Create wireframes and prototypes.
  • Explain all this tech “stuff” to less-technical stakeholders.


What you will be:

You will be a forward leaning technologist who is passionate about technology and solving complex problems and open and embracing of new technologies.  We work as a team here, so collaboration is key! Additionally, you will have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree and 2-3 years of relevant experience in developing web applications
  • Solid consulting/business analysis skills.You will be able to listen carefully to clients, gather requirements, and translate those needs into a concrete implementation plan.
  • Working knowledge of modern, open-source web application framework a front-end JavaScript framework, and a CSS framework.
  • Ability to develop and maintain software in legacy PHP- and MySQL-based applications.
  • Lastly, it goes without saying that communication skills are paramount.You will be working with all different levels of the organization and should enjoy explaining complex technical concepts to both technical and non-technical people.


If you have all those things, great!  We have a few more things that we would prefer you to have, but it’s ok if you don’t.

  • Experience developing civic applications, legal information, or legislative projects
  • Working knowledge of Python
  • Experience developing interactive data visualization applications.


Visa sponsorship for this position is not available.

Please attach a cover letter and resume.


Dice Id : RTX1584e4
Position Id : WDR-00012975
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