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The Writing and Learning Resources Center employs a number of second- and third-year law students in various capacities (teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and similar positions) throughout the school year and during the summer. Job openings are usually announced near the end of spring semester, and instructions for applying for one or more of these positions are distributed to all students in late March or early April.

Typical job categories include:

RRWA Honors Writing Scholars

Honors Writing Scholars (HWS) play an important role in RRWA. In the fall, they complete a one-credit, pass/fail, WE seminar taught by Professor Smith (HWS Seminar—LAW 400). The seminar offers training in how to teach legal research, reasoning, writing, and advocacy, and it guides the HWS students as they help prepare spring-semester RRWA assignments. In addition, each HWS student serves as a mentor to one fall-semester RRWA section and helps teach at least one class session.

In the spring, HWS students apply what they have learned in the fall by serving as a teaching assistant in a section of RRWA II. They earn one more credit, again pass/fail (HWS Lab—LAW 400L). The HWS students regularly help out in the classroom, teach or co-teach some lessons, and assist 1Ls outside the classroom. The HWS students also help prepare the 1Ls for oral argument and serve as judges when the 1Ls conduct oral arguments.

Qualifications include: exceptional analytical, writing, and research skills as evidenced by strong RRWA grades and preferably a recommendation from a RRWA professor; completion of at least two semesters at Carolina Law, and preferably four; ability to communicate well and to work constructively within a team; and interest in teaching and mentoring first-year students. In addition, helpful experiences include prior teaching or tutoring and extracurricular activities such as work on a journal or a moot court team.

Academic Success Programs

The WLRC's academic success programs are successful largely because Carolina Law’s students embrace the concept that all students can learn from one another and help their peers succeed. WLRC Honors Scholars lead our landmark program of small-group and one-on-one tutoring and mentoring. They work in one or more of four settings:

  1. Fall LEAP Leaders work throughout the fall with students who participated in the LEAP program. Responsibilities include attending lectures intermittently and meeting with 1Ls biweekly to review notes and note-taking techniques, explore hypotheticals, and practice exam writing. The work requires a commitment of approximately 100 total hours from the first week of school through the start of exams. Pay is $1,000.
  2. Spring Reading and Exam-Writing Group Leaders work with 1Ls to improve reading, reasoning, and exam-writing skills. The groups meet once a week for seven weeks beginning in late January. Pay is $1,000.
  3. Spring Oral-Advocacy Group Leaders help 1Ls to learn and improve oral-advocacy skills. The groups begin meeting in mid-February. Pay is $250.
  4. WLRC Tutors work one-on-one with students for various periods of time, focusing on: specific class subjects; general study skills; exam writing; legal writing; and oral advocacy. Pay is a lump sum of $100 for every ten-hour block of tutoring.

Qualifications include: ability to relate well to others;strong interest in helping 1Ls who are experiencing stress to grow in skills and confidence; and a demonstrated record of success in law school, as indicated either by a GPA of at least 3.5 or—for those who work on oral advocacy—other indicators of experience and effectiveness as an oral advocate.

WLRC Research Assistants

Research Assistants for the WLRC require creativity, attention to detail, and ability to work both independently and collaboratively. We especially seek students who have interest in teaching, reading, writing, researching, and fostering professionalism in the legal profession. Research assistant positions are typically available for the summer and school year.

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