Student Employment in the Law Library

Author: Susan Good

Each academic year, 40-50 graduate and undergraduate students work in positions throughout the law library, and an additional 10-20 work during the summer. If you are interested in part-time work in the law library, these descriptions highlight the jobs available in each department, including whether or not the departments are currently hiring. Most of the hiring for the 2009-2010 academic year has already been completed, but sometimes positions become available during the school year, so if you are interested be sure to get in contact with the person listed, and they can keep your application on file.


Position: Library Assistant
Hours: usually 10-12 hrs/week
Number of positions: 12-14
Currently available positions: 1opening (law student only) on Saturday evenings until midnight
Access Services employs student assistants to perform various activities at the Circulation Desk of the Law Library which generally operates 7 days a week during the academic year. Work hours vary and can range from as early as 8:00 a.m. until the library closes at midnight. Most student workers are undergraduates, however law students in their second– or third-year often hold positions during evening hours. General student duties include assisting patrons in locating materials, utilizing the online catalog to check in/out materials, managing course reserves, maintaining shelving and document deliveries, and assisting full-time staff with Interlibrary Loan and special projects as assigned.
For more information, contact:
Carmela Kinslow, Head of Access Services
A-255Y Biolchini Hall
Phone: 574-631-5990


Position: Research Assistant
Hours: 10 hrs/week
Number of positions: 2
Currently available positions: 1
RAs assist the research librarians in responding to faculty research requests. This position provides an excellent opportunity for RAs to review and expand their legal research skills through the use of LexisNexis, Westlaw, and many other legal and non-legal databases and resources. The nature (e.g., locating information about current events or cases, legislative history research, historical and biographical research, surveying state laws and/or administrative regulations on a particular issue, etc.) and duration of RAs’ projects (e.g., several hours to several weeks) vary extensively depending on faculty interests and information needs. However, the RA position itself is limited to 10 hours per week and is only open to second- and third-year law students. There is currently one opening for a Research Services Department RA. If you are interested in this position, or have further questions, please see Dwight King.
For more information, contact:
Dwight King, Head of Research Services
1112 Eck Hall of Law
Phone: 574-631-5993


Position: Library Assistant
Hours: usually between 5-12 hrs/week
Number of positions: 8-10
Currently available positions: 0
Shifts for student assistants working in Technical Services are available only between 8-5 on weekdays, but shift scheduling is very flexible within these hours. Students typically work between 2-5 hours per shift, anywhere between one and five days per week. Tasks in this department are extremely detail-oriented, including filing of looseleafing, pocket parts, and microfiche, database maintenance, shelving, and labeling and processing
of books and other materials. For more information, contact:
Barb Ritty, Cataloging Coordinator
A-1H6 Biolchini Hall
Phone: 574-631-5995


Position: Computer Lab Assistant
Hours: 5-12 weekly
Number of positions: 8
Currently available positions: 0
Computer lab assistants provide computer support to computer lab users and fellow assistants, troubleshoot 8 PC workstations and 1 Apple Macintosh computer, maintain basic functioning of the printers, and assist the technology staff as necessary including video recording. Experience with Microsoft Word, Windows XP and Vista or Macintosh Operating Systems and strong organizational skills, customer friendly attitude, and commitment to the position are expected. Shifts accommodate student class schedules and are available between 6:00-11:00p.m. Sundays, 9:00am-11:00pm Monday-Thursdays, and 9:00am-6:00pm Fridays.
For more information, contact:
Eric McCartney, Student Computing
2140 Eck Hall of Law
Phone: : 574-631-9793
E-mail :

Position: Student Asst. Videographer
Hours: 2-10 weekly
Number of positions: 6
Currently available positions: 0
Classroom Videographers will record student performances. Responsibilities include moving video equipment to locations inside law school, configuring classroom furniture for best camera angle and troubleshooting and maintaining recording equipment. Applicants should have experience working with Microsoft Windows XP, Vista and Macintosh Operating Systems. Punctuality, strong organizational skills, customer friendly attitude and commitment to the position are expected. Shifts accommodate student class schedules and are available between 3:00-11:00p.m.
For more information, contact:
Scott Hengert, Audio-Visual Technician
1188D Eck Hall of Law
Phone: : 574-631-5766
E-mail :