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How to Make Money While in Law School (or Graduate School, or Undergrad…):Become a Research Assistant

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If you want to mitigate student debt while in school, cutting spending is half the battle. You’re going to have to earn some extra income if you truly want to limit debt. An excellent way to earn extra income is becoming a research assistant for a professor.

Why is being a research assistant one of the best ways to earn extra money? Let us count the ways.

  1. The pay is decent. I was surprised to see how much professors at my school were offering for research assistants. Most are offering $10 an hour. Not too shabby.
  2. The hours are flexible. Professors are probably the best bosses to have while in school. They want you to put your studies first, so they’ll work with you to develop a schedule that works the both of you. You won’t have to worry about your grades slipping because of lack of time while you’re a research assistant.
  3. You sharpen your research skills. Look at being a research assistant as being paid to be mentored. Professors will work with you and give you tips on how to research better. The research skills you take away from that will be an asset to for the rest of your legal career. And remember, you’re getting paid to do it!
  4. You sharpen your writing skills. Writing is an essential skill in the legal field. You’ll have the opportunity to get feedback from individuals who something about legal writing.
  5. You create an awesome reference. After you’re time as a research assistant, most professors will be happy to serve as a reference for you in your job search. Many will even write letters of recommendations for you.

Start looking for a research assistant position today. If none of your professors are actively seeking one, make a list of your favorite professors and offer you services to them. Many will be happy to hire you.

Start looking for a research assistant position today. If none of your professors are actively seeking one, make a list of your favorite professors and offer you services to them. Many will be happy to hire you.