Wake Forest Law offers employment opportunities within the school and is sometimes able to help students find employment within the community. However, the American Bar Association strongly recommends that students not work during the first year of law school because of the intense study requirements. A student may work up to a maximum of 20 hours per week during the second and third years and up to 40 hours a week during periods of non-enrollment. Approximately 20 percent of our students have assistantships or other employment at the law school.
Positions and programs include:
- Legal Research & Writing Assistants are chosen from rising second-year students who are adept in legal research and writing, have a good academic record, and show financial need.
- Faculty Research Assistants are chosen by individual faculty members on the basis of financial need, academic record, and interest in research. They assist members of the faculty in research projects.
- Library Reference Assistants and Computer Assistants are chosen on the basis of financial need, academic ability, and skill in legal research. These assistants help staff, at a professional level, with critical service functions.
- Westlaw & Lexis/Nexis Assistants are chosen on the basis of financial need and computer knowledge. They assist in computer services with instruction in the Computer Assisted Legal Research course.
- College Work-Study is a federal program, based on need, administered by the law school, and limited to second and third-year students.