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I want to apply to AmeriCorps JD

AmeriCorps JD is a life-changing experience for its members, providing law students with hands-on experience and an opportunity to make a difference in communities that need help the most.

 

SERVING AS AN AMERICORPS JD MEMBER

Deadline to apply: May 19! Regardless of the project start date, priority is given to applicants completing the required hours of service by August 31, 2017 in order to receive the Segal Education award.

Students often complete their term of service over the course of one semester, in either spring or summer. Please review the information below to ensure you meet program deadlines.

AMERICORPS JD PROGRAM

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.

Application Pre-requisites

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

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

2. Secure a position with a qualifying organization.

  • Equal Justice Works will not find a placement for you. 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 Priority
  • Summer Start:
  • May 19, 2017 Priority - Still accepting applications!

Ready to apply?

Download our Application Guide. Applications are accepted through our Student Application Manager (SAM). It will require approximately 30 minutes to complete the application.

Questions?

If you have questions about AmeriCorps JD, please review this website and our Frequently Asked Questions or send an email to americorpsjd@equaljusticeworks.org.