The expected workload for a student enrolled in Liberty Law’s Juris Doctor program is at least 60 hours per week. Law students who wish to work during the semester must sign and submit a School of Law Work Request Form to the School of Law Director of Student Affairs. The form must be signed and submitted each semester of expected employment. The dean’s signature is required for all 1L student employment and any 2L or 3L student employment in excess of 20 hours per week.
Employment and Academic Workload Policy
The rigors of legal education, particularly for first-year students, are such that any employment is discouraged. If necessity requires employment, first-year students must receive prior written approval from the dean to be employed.
After the first year of law school, a student may not be employed more than 20 hours per week in any week in which the student is enrolled in more than 12 class hours. Second-year or third-year law students working 20 hours or less must submit a signed certificate each semester they are employed stating that they have read the employment policy and agree to comply with it. If financial circumstances require a 2L or 3L student to be employed in excess of 20 hours, the student must receive prior written approval from the dean to be employed.
Federal Work-Study provides on-campus employment opportunities in the School of Law and other areas on campus. This program provides part-time jobs for students who have financial need as determined by the FAFSA.
The School of Law does not locate employment opportunities for students and a position is not guaranteed. Available student positions and employment applications can be found on the Human Resources webpage or in the Human Resources on-campus office.
Law Research Assistantships
Law students entering their second or third year may also be considered for a School of Law Research Assistant position. Research Assistant positions provide financial compensation for valuable work experience and are normally publicized through the School of Law