In-House Copy Editor

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Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. Published: May 3, 2021
Boston, Massachusetts
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MCLE, a nonprofit legal publishing company located in Downtown Boston, has an immediate opening for a full-time in-house copy editor. MCLE staff is currently working remotely, but will be returning to our Boston office this summer.

Job Responsibilities:

  1. Corrects syntax, spelling, grammar, style, and punctuation of assigned manuscripts, applying editorial conventions that promote the clarity and readability of the content.
  2. Formats authors’ original submissions (including exhibits) and/or most recent final chapters using appropriate template for new and revised editions.
  3. Highlight significant manuscript edits and format changes with queries to Publications Attorney.
  4. Inputs, formats, proofreads, and copyedits edits from attorney, author, and editor reviews into manuscript pages.
  5. Inserts cross-reference markers in manuscript.
  6. Corrects appearance (bad breaks, page balance) of formatted chapter pages.
  7. Generates updated chapter TOC.
  8. Prepares chapter files for indexing and finalizes chapters.
  9. Creates and or updates front matter for titles including: copy editing preface, acknowledgments, and author bios; creating tables of contents, checklists, and exhibits; copyediting subscriber letter; and inserting download information page as appropriate.
  10. Composes filing instructions for interfiled supplements.
  11. Reviews and formats indexes resolving any indexer queries with Publications Attorney and makes any necessary changes to final files.
  12. Updates project tracking files on production SharePoint site and communicates any unresolved or pending issues to Production Coordinator as they occur.
  13. Proposes appropriate updates of house style.
  14. Participates in seminar administration and general office responsibilities.


  • College degree
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Experience working under and meeting deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrated proficiency in spelling, grammar, and other language skills
  • Demonstrated accuracy and speed in proofreading
  • Knowledge of copyediting conventions
  • Accurate and efficient typing ability
  • Good verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Word, including use of styles, templates, and tracking changes
  • Knowledge of legal citation forms a plus
  • Related work experience

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Non-exempt hourly position
  • Salary range: $27,500–$37,500; annual salary review
  • Hours: Monday–Friday, 8:30 am–5:00 pm (or other agreed upon schedule between 7:30 am and 6:00 pm) with a 1-hour lunch break; 37.5 hour work week
  • 13 paid holidays
  • 7 sick/personal days accrued per year
  • Vacation:
    years 1 and 2: 10 days accrued per year
    years 3 and 4: 15 days accrued per year
    years 5+: 20 days accrued per year
  • Employer retirement contribution: 5% of annual salary, vesting on second anniversary
  • 401k employee contribution: eligible on first year anniversary
  • 75% of individual medical insurance premium; equal dollar amount applied towards family coverage (HMO Blue)
  • 50% of individual dental insurance premium; equal dollar amount applied towards family coverage (Dental Blue Preventative)
  • Long and short-term disability insurance and life insurance
  • Educational benefits: $500 per semester with prior approval, up to $1,000 per year
  • Smoke-free environment
  • MCLE is an equal opportunity employer

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