Making Side Money During Law School

For many, law school is a huge investment of money and time.

And while most law students will graduate in debt, there are a couple of ways to make a few extra bucks in between your law classes.

Alexandra Sumner, of the National Jurist, recently highlighted some flexible job options for law students that can make them more money during law school.

“Let’s be honest: scholarships and student loans aren’t going to cover everything,” Sumner writes. “Your car could break down, your laptop could shatter, there might be a sale at Sephora — the world is a dangerous place.”


Sumner says law students can apply to work as a research assistant as a way to not only make a few extra bucks but get meaningful experience on their resume.

“Typical assignments include: translating documents (if you speak a second language), reading and cataloging research, attending trials (if applicable), editing documents, and even generating content,” Sumner writes.

According to a post by Stanford Law, working as a research assistant may be a “good way to establish a solid relationship with a professor. You can do this either during the summer or during the academic year. A summer job as a research assistant may pay less than other opportunities you have, but you may find that the job is a valuable investment in your future.”

Typically, according to Stanford Law, most professors will hire research assistants on an ad hoc basis and, oftentimes, during the spring quarter for their summer R.A.’s.


Sumner says one of the best ways to make use of your time is to work at your law school’s library.

“Talk about killing two birds with one stone,” Sumner writes. “If you work at the library, you’re usually allowed to sit and do homework until someone needs you. How awesome would it be to get paid to study?”


Another great way to make side money in law school is to tutor others.

“Tutoring is a great way to earn some quick cash: figure out your skill set, determine your rates, and start advertising,” Sumner writes. “Check if your school has a student posting board: people are usually buying and selling things (laptops, rooms for rent, textbooks) but it’s quite common for people to advertise their various services on there as well.”

Sources: National Jurist, Stanford Law

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