I'm applying next cycle, but I've started thinking about financial aid- related stuff already, and I'm curious about the prevalence of work-study positions in law school. It seems pretty common for 2L's and 3L's to do research for professors or work similar jobs 15-20 hrs a week. Does anyone know if these positions generally funded by federal work-study funds? I know that most on-campus jobs were in undergrad, and so they weren't available to students who didn't show financial need. No big deal- there were always other jobs available for those who want them, but in law/grad school the campus jobs don't seem to just be envelope stuffing/dish-washing jobs, but positions that actually give you relevant experience toward your career. It would seem pretty unfair, at least IMO, to treat those positions as a form of educational welfare and not give them out on a competitive basis.
The reason I'm curious about this is that I know that for undergrad my family's EFC was quite high, and I didn't qualify for any work-study positions. I'm sure the situation will be quite different this time around, since I will have been financially independent for 3 years, but I'm still not completely sure whether I'd qualify for work-study. Does anyone know how to get a rough idea of what income/asset levels qualify someone? If a student doesn't qualify and they'd really like to research for a professor and the professor wants to hire them, would they have to work for free?
Any info would be greatly appreciated-- this stuff is pretty new to me since I only had a very modest scholarship in undergrad and didn't take out any loans.