Research Counsel

  • PETA
  • Remote
  • Jun 06, 2024
Full time Non-Profit

Job Description

Position Objective: 

Develop cutting-edge impact legal strategies advocating for fundamental rights for animals

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

• This position requires boldness, creativity, and vision to devise legal strategies that will challenge existing legal dogmas about the rights and treatment of animals

• Conceive, research, and develop all aspects of innovative, strategic legal work in domestic state and federal courts and in international tribunals to advance animal rights in the legal system

• Work closely with in-house and outside counsel 

• Research, interpret, and apply local, state, and federal statutes and regulations and applicable case law, and international law, with a primary focus on animal protection and animal rights issues

• Supervise counsel, fellows, and/or law student interns on assigned projects as necessary

• Represent the organization to the media on assigned legal work and engage in public speaking and writing on subjects related to this work

• Perform any other duties assigned by the supervisor


• J.D. and a minimum of three years civil litigation experience

• Litigation experience with animal law, First Amendment, media law, FOIA/state open records laws, administrative law, and/or environmental law preferred but not required

• Member in good standing of at least one state bar association

• Proven excellent legal research, writing, and oral advocacy skills

• Proven ability to handle multiple tasks within strict time constraints

• Willingness to travel where necessary

• Support for PETA’s philosophy and the ability to advocate PETA’s and the PETA Foundation’s positions on issues professionally

• Ability to maintain strict confidentiality at all times

• Commitment to the objectives of the organization

The salary range for this position is $76,410.00 - $95,000.00 annually. The ultimate salary within this range that will be offered to a qualified candidate will be determined based on the candidate’s experience and the cost of living in the area in which the candidate will live and work. 

A list of benefits available to qualified employees is available here.