LRW Tutor Applications (2022-2023)

Legal Research and Writing Tutors

Description:  During the academic year, LRW tutors hold open office hours to assist first-year law students.  Some tutors may hold optional research or citation reviews for small groups of students.  Most tutors help review mechanical aspects of citation or research assignments.  Tutors may also provide clerical assistance to the LRW program manager, post materials to Canvas for professors, or work one-on-one with LRW students who need extra assistance.  In the spring semester, tutors may also assist in oral argument practice rounds and final arguments.  They might also help host special events, including the annual visit of the Oregon Supreme Court. 

Currently, the law school pays 2Ls $14.00 per hour; 3Ls earn $15.00 per hour.

Qualifications:  The strongest candidates typically have a GPA of at least 3.0 (or compelling reasons for lower GPAs), including strong grades in LRW.  Important characteristics include excellent analytical, research, and writing skills; the ability to communicate effectively with a broad range of students; empathy for 1Ls; attention to detail, especially with citations; ability to work independently and as part of a team; ability to meet deadlines; and commitment to professional interaction with faculty, students, and staff.  Eligibility for work-study is strongly preferred.

Hours:  Tutors typically work four to seven hours per week, which results in approximately 65 to 85 hours of tutoring work over the course of a semester.

Starting Date:  Tutors are required to attend a half-day training session the week before school starts, typically on the Thursday before classes begin.  Thus, in fall 2022, we expect this mandatory tutor training to take place on Thursday, August 18, from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Step 1: Please place the three documents listed below in an electronic folder labeled with your last name first (e.g., “McLain, Barbi”).  Attach the folder to an email.  When you attach a folder to an email, your email system may ask you whether you want to compress the folder.  Reply that the folder should be compressed. Email the compressed folder to

  1. A perfectly edited cover letter, addressed to Barbi McLain, LRW Program Manager, explaining your interest in being a tutor and describing any relevant experience.
  2. Your current resume.
  3. A transcript (unofficial is fine, but it must show your class rank).

Step 2:  Please complete the online application form:  To preview the application questions, click here.  

Note:  Individual LRW professors may hire research assistants over the summer.  If you are interested in working with an LRW professor over the summer contact that professor separately to determine whether that professor will be hiring a summer research assistant. Similarly, ACE tutors are hired separately.  Please submit a separate ACE tutor application if you are interested in applying to be an ACE tutor.

Deadline:  Wednesday, March 30, at 1:00 p.m.