Student Employment for Law Students
Students attending Lewis & Clark Law School have a variety of student employment options available to then. Some students work in the Boley Law Library, others work at selected off-campus agencies, while others pursue more general part-time work in the community.
Federal Work-Study (FWS)
Federal Work-Study is a need-based federal financial aid program. Only students who demonstrate financial need based on the information submitted on their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are eligible to be awarded funding through the FWS program.
Federal work study jobs are available for Lewis & Clark law students, but generally not until they have completed their first year of law school. These jobs are posted at Career Services and are available on a competitive basis through an interview selection process. You may work a maximum of 40 hours per week during the summer and up to 20 hours per week during the academic year.
Before interviewing with an employer you should determine if you would be eligible for a Federal Work-Study award by contacting the Office of Financial Aid. Please note that a Federal Work-Study award replaces loan eligibility on a dollar-for-dollar basis. This can be a good way to reduce the total amount you need to borrow.
Once a job has been secured, send to the Office of Financial Aid a Federal Work-Study Request Form (available from Business Services at the law school). A timecard will be made available to your employer, and you will be sent a revised award notification showing how your financial aid package has been adjusted due to the addition of your Federal Work-Study award. You must have a W-4 and an I-9 form on file with the College before you begin work.
You are responsible for tracking the gross amount earned, to ensure you don’t exceed the amount awarded. Your employer will be billed for the entire amount of any wages that exceed your FWS award.
In addition to posting information about FWS positions available for law students, Career Services can also assist you in locating law clerkships in Portland and in other metropolitan areas. Career Services is also your best source of information about pro-bono experience, PILP stipends for summer work, and externships.