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Summer Work Study FAQs

Q. Do I need to have a job to accept this award?

A. No. You can accept with the intention of securing public service work, but we do ask that if you acquire a paying job you let us know immediately.

Q. Does my employer have to pay a matching share?

A. No. Most Judges will not contribute a matching share and you are not required to ask. We only ask that you inquire for all other government or nonprofit positions. This will not change your status in the program in any way and you can alert your employer of this fact.

Q. I have a paying job, can I accept both?

A. In most cases, no. Firm and other high-paying jobs are definitely not allowable. If you have a low-paying job or an outside grant in addition to your work study award, it would depend on the amount and you would need specific authorization from the Financial Aid Office.

Q. Can I have two work-study jobs?

A. Students may have two work-study jobs in the summer.  The employer information must be submitted on two separate Student/Employer Information Forms.  If a student is working two work-study jobs, the amount of funds received cannot exceed a maximum of $6,000 for 1Ls and $8,000 for 2Ls.

Q. I have an EJF grant or Sparer Fellowship, can I accept it and the work-study award?

A. You cannot have Sparer and Work Study funding. You should consult with EJF upon receiving an award.

Q. Why is it important to enroll in Direct Deposit?

A. With law students employed across the nation this summer, we recommend that you take advantage of Direct Deposit for the purpose of receiving your paycheck. If you are not enrolled in Direct Deposit, you will receive paper checks. *Please note that this is separate process from financial aid refunds.*