The Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD Program provides law students with the chance to serve a qualifying host organization of their choosing. AmeriCorps JD members expand the delivery of critically needed legal assistance in low-income and underserved communities across the country for veterans, military families, disaster victims, and other vulnerable populations.
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- Eligibility and Criteria
- FAQs for Law School Professionals
- FAQs for Applicants
- FAQs for Supervisors and Host Sites
- Information for Supervisors and Host Organizations
- Information for Current AmeriCorps JD Members
- Resources for 2013 AmeriCorps JD Priority Areas
AmeriCorps JD is an AmeriCorps-funded program that provides law students with the opportunity to earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award for dedicating 300 hours of service to a qualifying legal project with a nonprofit program or other qualifying organization. AmeriCorps JD applicants must be current students at Equal Justice Works member law schools. They may serve at a variety of organizations, as detailed here. Among others, qualifying organizations include those that currently host Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellows or Equal Justice Works Fellows, those that are funded by the Legal Services Corporation(LSC) and Veterans Treatment Courts.There are three distinct programs currently offered under the AmeriCorps JD umbrella: Veterans Legal Corps, Disaster Legal Corps, and Civil Legal Corps.
To participate in the Veterans or Disaster Legal Corps, you will need to spend at least 50% of your time serving either veterans or victims of a federally recognized disaster. These programs are currently accepting applications on a rolling basis.
To participate in AmeriCorps JD Civil Legal Corps, your project can focus on a variety of legal issues, but will involve working on a Veterans Toolkit for at least 20% of your required 300 hours of service (at least 60 hours). The application for this program will open in March, and for service in summer 2014 the application is due on April 15. As part of the 2013-2014 AmeriCorps JD Program, 360 members will:
- Gain first-hand experience and legal skills in areas such as client intake, representation and legal research and writing;
- Serve veterans or victims of disaster for their entire service or with the minimum 60 hour Veterans Legal Outreach Toolkit;
- Complete at least 300 hours of service;
- Earn a $1,175 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award voucher that can be used to pay current educational expenses or qualified student loans;
- Have access to Equal Justice Works’ network of alumni, experience and expertise as the nation’s largest provider of public interest opportunities for law students and attorneys; and
- Become an official member of AmeriCorps, one of the largest national service networks in U.S. history.
To learn more about AmeriCorps JD, please explore the pages in the “More About This Program” box to the right.
If you have questions about AmeriCorps JD, please send an email to AmeriCorpsJD@EqualJusticeWorks.org.