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AmeriCorps JD

The Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD program provides law students with the opportunity to deliver critically needed legal assistance in low-income and underserved communities across the country.

If you have already secured a position with a legal host organization for this summer, please apply at the bottom of this page. If you are seeking an organization to work with this summer, see a list of potential AmeriCorps JD host sites on the right.

 PROGRAM DETAILS

Supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD program provides invaluable experience in various legal areas. A qualifying AmeriCorps JD project must propose to provide direct legal services to clients within one of the Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps programs:

  • Justice AmeriCorps: Help immigrant children who have crossed the U.S. border without a parent or guardian.
  • Veterans Legal Corps: Provide legal services that enable low-income veterans to return to successful civilian life.
  • Employment Opportunity Legal Corps: Assist unemployed or underemployed people who are seeking to join the labor market.
  • Disaster Legal Corps: Help improve the lives of populations who reside in communities affected by disasters.
  • Elder Justice AmeriCorps: Complete screenings, assessments, and provide direct legal representation to victims of elder abuse.

For more detailed information regarding eligible projects, please click here.

WHO SERVES IN AMERICORPS JD

AmeriCorps JD Members are students enrolled at accredited law schools who serve at a variety of organizations, as detailed here. Preference is given to applicants attending Equal Justice Works' member law schools. Qualifying organizations include those that host Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellows or privately-funded Equal Justice Works Fellows, those that are funded by the Legal Services Corporation, State Offices of Veterans Affairs, and Veterans Treatment Courts.

Eligibility

To participate in AmeriCorps JD:

  • You must be a current law student
  • You must not receive compensation for more than $4,400 in external funding for the same service
  • You must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or lawful permanent resident (e.g. green card) and pass a criminal background check, including an FBI fingerprint check (though applicants are not disqualified for most criminal records).

Funding

AmeriCorps JD participants can receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $1,230 (or $1,538 for justice AmeriCorps members) upon successful completion of the program. This award can be applied toward student loans or tuition, but please note that this award is not a cash stipend. AmeriCorps JD Members must adhere to strict guidelines regarding outside funding.

Host Organization Resources

If searching for a host organization, organizations working in 2016-2017 issue areas will provide applicants a starting place for potential host sites in their community. Equal Justice Works suggests looking at postings on PSJD or Idealist, or directly contacting the organization's offices to ask if they need help for the spring or summer. Other qualifying organizations include those that host Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellows or privately-funded Equal Justice Works Fellows, those that are funded by the Legal Services Corporation, State Offices of Veterans Affairs, and Veterans Treatment Courts.

 

Application Pre-requisites

There are two steps you must take before completing an application:

1. Review the eligibility requirements above or in the AmeriCorps JD Application Guide to ensure you are eligible.

2. Secure a position with a qualifying organization.

  • For more information on organizations that are interested in hosting AmeriCorps JD Members click here.
  • Confirm the name of your direct supervisor at the organization in order to complete the application.

 

Application Deadlines and Start Dates

TERM DEADLINE
  • Spring Start:
  • February 28, 2017 
  • Summer Start:
  • Priority Deadline: May 19, 2017 - Still accepting applications

 

Ready to apply?

 

QUESTIONS?

If you have questions about AmeriCorps JD, please send an email to americorpsjd@equaljusticeworks.org.