Work Study

St. Thomas Law has up to $100,000 in work-study money that can be awarded to law students annually. Work-study is a federal financial aid program that you may participate in based on financial need. A FAFSA must be on file with the university's work-study office in order to determine eligibility. If eligible, you may receive up to $5,000 of work-study for the summer term, $2,500 for the fall term and $2,500 for the spring term.

St. Thomas Law students have worked off campus for various employers via the work study program, including:

  • 1st Judicial District, Public Defender
  • 2nd Judicial District, Public Defender
  • 7th Judicial District, Public Defender
  • 10th Judicial District, Public Defender
  • City of St. Paul
  • Dakota County Attorney’s Office
  • Olmstead County Attorney’s Office 
  • Washington County Attorney’s Office

There are two ways to obtain Federal Work-Study. The first is to apply to a Federal Work-Study job through Symplicity, and the second is to obtain Federal Work-Study through a current volunteer position. The following checklists will help you navigate the Federal Work-Study process.  

Symplicity Federal Work-Study Posting

  1. Fill out your FAFSA. Be sure to have the current FAFSA completed. Summer eligibility is based on the next academic year’s FAFSA.
  2. Talk to Financial Aid about work study to obtain a Work Study Application.  Complete the student section of the Work-Study Application. 
  3. Apply for a work study job in Symplicity. Be sure to include your Work Study Application‌.
  4. Get hired!
  5. Determine with your employer what you will earn per hour and how many hours you will work (in most cases, this will be part of the job posting in Symplicity).
  6. Email LuAnn Hudson the number of hours you will work per week and what you will earn per hour.
  7. UST will email a confirmation of your official Federal Work-Study Award to you and your employer.
  8. Start work!

Current Volunteer Position

  1. Fill out your FAFSA. Be sure to have the current FAFSA completed. Summer eligibility is based on the next academic year’s FAFSA.
  2. Talk to Financial Aid about work study to obtain a Work Study Application.
  3. Discuss work study with current volunteer placement.
  4. Contact the Career and Professional Development office at lawcareers@stthomas.edu to determine if your volunteer placement qualifies for the Federal Work Study program.
  5. UST will verify that your employer qualifies and set up a contract with employer.
  6. Determine with your employer what you will earn per hour and how many hours you will work.
  7. Email LuAnn Hudson the Work Study Application‌, the number of hours you will work per week and what you will earn per hour.
  8. UST will email a confirmation of your official Federal Work-Study Award to you and your employer.
  9. Start work!