Law Research Assistantships are broadly available to law students at Iowa Law. In addition to financial benefits, these positions provide law students the opportunity to learn from legal scholars, clinical faculty, library staff, and leadership at the College of Law. 

A law research assistant (LRA) position is an opportunity for a law student to work 10 hours per week with a member of the law school faculty. Under current University of Iowa practice, LRAs are entitled to the following benefits: resident tuition, a salary, and subsidized health/dental insurance. These LRA positions are a wonderful way to enhance both our law students’ legal education and add experience to their résumés. Click here to view our LRA Fact Sheet which has all helpful information regarding LRAs in one place.

Hear from law students about their experience as research assistants and what they took away from the experience below. 

Law Students Highlight RA Experience

Professor Chris Odinet at his desk in BLB

Lucas Wetsch gains valuable career skills working as research assistant for Professor Odinet

Thursday, August 17, 2023
Motivated by the variety of research opportunities and financial support, Lucas Wetsch pursued a research assistant position with Professor Chris Odinet. 
Professor Yockey talking to students in BLB

As a research assistant, Julia Harrison explores areas of law that spark her interest

Tuesday, June 20, 2023
Julia Harrison was looking for an opportunity to gain more exposure to business law. She sought out an research assistant position with Professor Yockey after enjoying his Business Associations class her 1L spring. She talks about the opportunity and what she learned while working as a RA.
Dean Wing and Claire Headshot

Research assistant, Claire Eichhorn, improved skills and built a strong relationship with faculty

Friday, April 21, 2023
Rising third-year law student Claire Eichhorn improved her legal research and writing skills and gained invaluable mentorship while working as a research assistant for Dean Adrien Wing. 

Current Openings

12twenty is used to advertise LRA positions. To view current openings, please go to the Student Login for 12twenty.  If you are a faculty member seeking to advertise an opening, please go to the Employer Login to 12twenty.  Please review the Instructions for LRA Postings in 12twenty for how to post positions.

Hours Per Week Limitations

Student hourly work limitations are established by State of Iowa law. Student employment exists to support students in the pursuit of an academic degree. In order to ensure success, both in the classroom and on the job, balance is the key. Too many work hours may place a student's academic success at risk. For more information about hour limitations, visit here. The limitations apply regardless of the number of student jobs a student has or the number of semester hours for which they are enrolled (i.e., enrolled in one class or full-time).

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Law Research Assistant?

Law Research Assistant (LRA) positions are primarily intended as learning experiences, which contribute to the student’s progress toward a program of study. LRA positions are available during the second and third year with most of the faculty.

What are the advantages to having a salaried LRA position?

-Tuition Adjustment for Non-Residents to the Resident Rate: For those students classified as a non-resident for tuition purposes, a quarter-time salaried research assistant position will change your tuition status during that semester to resident, thus reducing your tuition charges and financial aid package accordingly.

-Subsidized Health Insurance: Employed Graduate Students/Fellows, enroll online via MyUI. "Student Insurance" is listed under "Student Life Management" on the "Student Information" page.

-Salary: over $2000 for the year

As you begin any form of employment with the University, federal law requires that you complete an I-9 form to confirm your eligibility to work. You must be prepared to present appropriate documentation to a University representative on or before your first day of employment, who will then work with you to complete this form. Please refer to the list of acceptable documents.

Faculty Expectations 

An LRA position offers professional training as a legal employee. Faculty members will expect you to:

-Treat the position with respect. Be professional and prepared

-Meet submission deadlines. If you suspect you will not meet a deadline inform your supervisor as soon as possible

-If you don’t understand an assignment, ask questions until you do

-Above all: communicate with your supervisor

Bar Character & Fitness

State licensing agencies routinely require you to report all employers on your application. LRA supervisors receive the following inquiries from state judicial licensing agencies:

-Would you hire this person again?

-Was this person trustworthy?

-Would you recommend this person for admission to the bar?

For answers to your questions about your paycheck go to the Employee Self Service Website. After you sign in select "Personal" then select paycheck review. All employees are paid by Direct Deposit to a checking or savings account.

Please contact the appropriate staff member based on the subject of your question or concern.

Payroll and Timesheets:

Jessica Diers

Phone: 319-335-9142 Email:


Nathan Davis

Phone: 319-467-3115 Email:  

Employee & Supervisor Concerns:

Josh Patterson, Director of Financial Aid: 

Phone: 319-467-4666 Email:

Carin Crain, Associate Dean for Student Affairs:

Phone: 319-335-9544 Email: