COVID-19 Temporary new hire process for On-Campus Employment

On-Campus Employment

Through either need-based federal work-study or through institutional work-study (not based on need), on-campus employment offers law students the opportunity to work in a position that may be available at Seattle University. Entering students have priority for most on-campus jobs. Hourly wages currently are $16.69 per hour. View on-campus employment availability.

For on-campus University student employment, log into the University Handshake system. Go to If your SU log in and password. do not work, you may request assistance from Bao Campbell in Technology (room 311). 

Students may work up to 20 hours per week when enrolled half-time or more (see Registrar) with on-campus work study. Once hired, students must complete an I-9 form, W4 and Employment Action Form (available at Student Financial Services) within three days of working.

Do not presume if you are awarded federal work study that you will be awarded State Work Study after your first year. The State program residency and need criteria are very different and funding is limited.

The Washington State Work Study Program

The Washington State Work Study program is designed to help Washington residents (per RCW 28B.15.012) who are continuing students secure off-campus, career-related jobs. This innovative program offers students not only the opportunity to earn money while in school, but also a head start in career preparation. Wages range from $12 to $25 per hour, depending on the type of position secured. This need-based program not only helps students, but legal employers who hire our students are reimbursed a portion of student wages by the State.

State Work Study Information for Continuing Law Students

If you are awarded State Work Study (SWS) for the 2021-22 academic and financial aid year, eligible law students may use SWS from May 18, 2021 until end of May 2022 (unless you are graduating and if so it ends May 14th 2022).  Depending upon expenditures, there is a chance the last day to work could be May 1 - if so, you will be notified. If you do not activate SWS by March 1, it may be canceled.

You may only work 19 hours per week while classes are in session during fall and spring terms. You may work up to 40 hours per week during winter and spring breaks and after the entire exam period is over (as noted in the Registrar’s Academic Calendar).

If awarded SWS for 2021-22 you must complete an Employer Referral Agreement (ERA) once you are hired by a SWS approved employer. Even if you are continuing to work for the same employer the next year and are awarded SWS again, you must sign another ERA for that academic year.

Please refer to State Work Study Information for information about SWS.

SWS is a need-based employment program. Based on time sheets submitted to our office, the gross pay you earn is deducted in full from your award amount. Employers are reimbursed a percentage of your gross earnings by the State of Washington. Due to our limited allotment and SWS need and policy regulations, the awarding criteria are very strict. Washington residents may petition to be awarded SWS or you may petition for a limited SWS increase. However, additional funding will depend upon funding expenditures to date, potential allotment increases from the State and your remaining eligibility for more SWS aid.


SWS funding is designed to offer minimal part-time work in a student’s field of study but cannot sustain a comprehensive employment situation.

A student is considered an out-of-state resident if they moved to Washington to attend school - they must have moved to Washington one year prior to attending school for a purpose other than attending school.  (RCW 28B.15.012).

Law-Related Jobs for Students

Other law-related jobs for students are available through the Center for Professional Development, which each year coordinates on-site interviews for scores of law firms, agencies, and corporations interested in hiring student interns. In addition, a large number of legal employers seek our students and graduates by posting vacancy announcements at the School of Law and conducting interviews in their own offices. Each year the Center for Professional Development posts over 1,000 job announcements.

For answers to any questions you have regarding financial aid, please contact Student Financial Services at or 206.398.4250.