LRW Tutor Applications (2024-2025)

Legal Research and Writing Tutors

Description:  During the academic year, LRW tutors attend classes in person to facilitate breakout groups and answer individual questions while students work on papers. Tutors then hold open office hours to assist first-year law students with related coursework. Some tutors may hold optional research or citation reviews for small groups of students or work one-on-one with LRW students who need extra assistance. Tutors sometimes help review mechanical aspects of citation or research assignments. Tutors may also help review course materials or post materials to Canvas for professors. In the spring semester, tutors often assist in oral argument practice rounds and arguments. They might also help host special events, including the annual visit of the Oregon Supreme Court. 

Currently, the law school pays 2Ls $16.20 per hour; 3Ls earn $17.20 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, in small groups and individually; 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 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, in person, the week before school starts. This training is typically on the Thursday before classes begin; thus, in fall 2024, we expect this mandatory tutor training to take place on Thursday, August 22, from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Step 1Please prepare the three documents listed below. Save them with your last name first and then the document type (e.g., Rowe_Suzanne_Letter; Rowe_Suzanne_Resume; Rowe_Suzanne_Transcript). You will upload them with your online application.

  1. A perfectly edited cover letter, addressed to Professor Suzanne Rowe, LRW Director, 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. Then upload the three documents when prompted.

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.

Deadline:  Wednesday, April 3, 2024, at 1:00 p.m.