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Research assistantships

Akron Law offers a number of research assistantships to upper-division law students. Research assistants generally assist faculty members with any projects that they are working on at the time, and some research assistants are hired to work in the law library.

There is typically an average of about one research assistant position per full-time faculty member. Research assistants are paid $8 per hour for their first semester of work. If they continue to work for the second semester, they will receive a raise of $1 per hour.

A law student wishing to pursue a research assistantship for a fall or spring semester should be enrolled in at least 6 hours during that semester. A law student wishing to pursue a research assistantship for a summer term should be enrolled in at least 5 hours during that term.

The application process is an informal one. Professors interested in hiring research assistants generally seek out students of interest to them. Faculty members are likely to seek new research assistants from among their students near the end of or just after the end of the academic year. Students may also approach faculty with whom they might like to work just before or just after the end of the academic year.