Fellowships and Career Development

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Since 1992, Equal Justice Works has provided paid public interest fellowships to law school graduates to provide legal assistance to underserved populations and causes. Today, we are the nation's largest provider of public interest fellowships, awarding approximately 130-140 fellowships each year. Our Fellows work on a range of issues, including domestic violence, homelessness, community economic development, immigration, civil rights, juvenile justice, employment rights, access to health care, consumer fraud and environmental justice. Hundreds of young lawyers have been able to provide critical legal assistance to underserved communities and have gone on to become leaders in the public interest arena. As an Equal Justice Works Fellow, you will become a member of the nation's vibrant and prestigious public interest legal community.

Equal Justice Works Fellows provide innovative solutions to challenging legal issues. Watch the inspirational stories of Lan Diep and Mindy Friedman and how they are helping vulnerable communities in Mississippi and New York City.

PROGRAMS: 

Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellowships

The Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellowship Program is one of the most productive and highly regarded national service programs in the country. Our AmeriCorps Legal Fellows make a lasting impact on the communities they serve by expanding the legal resources in low-income and underserved communities and facilitating pro bono opportunities.

Equal Justice Works Fellowships

Equal Justice Works Fellowships provide the opportunity for lawyers to positively impact vulnerable communities around the country.

Illinois Foreclosure Fellowship Program

Equal Justice Works was awarded a grant from Attorney General Lisa Madigan of Illinois to place four Foreclosure Fellows throughout Illinois to assist distressed and at-risk homeowners and tenants.

Public Defender Corps

Across the country, public defender offices are underfunded, understaffed and burdened with insurmountable caseloads.  With too few public defenders handling too many cases, those who cannot afford representation are being denied their fundamental right to counsel, and many are languishing in jail at taxpayers’ expense.

RECENT NEWS

Feb 3, 2014
ABA Standing Committee Supports Equal Justice Works' Recommendation for Law School Pro Bono Aspirational Guideline
Hundreds of law students and graduates from across the country petitioned ABA to establish 50 hour aspirational goalWashington, DC—February 3, 2014—...
Dec 4, 2013
Largest Deployment of Law Students to Serve Veterans, Victims of Natural Disasters and other Vulnerable Population
AmeriCorps JD program funds future lawyers with hands-on public interest experienceWashington, DC—December 4, 2013— Equal Justice Works and...
Oct 16, 2013
Lawyers Deploy to Serve Nation’s Veterans
Seven Military Veterans Among the Corps of 36Washington, D.C. – Equal Justice Works today announced its selection of 36 lawyers for the Veterans...
Oct 2, 2013
Legal Fellows Focus on Urgent Issues Facing Ohioans
Columbus, OH—October 2, 2013—The Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation (“the Foundation”) today announced the 2013 Class of Equal Justice Works Fellows....
Jun 26, 2013
Veterans Legal Corps to be Largest Deployment of Lawyers Serving Veterans
Equal Justice Works will place 36 Lawyers and 200 Law Students across the United States, supported by AmeriCorps  Washington, D.C. – Equal...
May 14, 2013
57 New Equal Justice Works Fellows Selected to Protect Rights of Our Nation's Most Vulnerable
Washington, D.C.– Equal Justice Works®, the nation’s premier nonprofit placing law students and new attorneys in public interest law opportunities,...
May 9, 2013
New York LGBTQ Communities Receive Unprecedented Legal Support
Through Grant from The Paul Rapoport Foundation, Equal Justice Works Fellows to Provide Assistance for Communities’ Most Pressing Legal Needs (...
Apr 17, 2013
David Stern Selected by National Law Journal as One of “The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America”
In its March 25, 2013 issue, The National Law Journal (NLJ) selected David Stern, Executive Director of Equal Justice Works, as one of 100 lawyers in...
Jun 6, 2012
2011 Equal Justice Works Fellow Munmeeth Soni receives inaugural M. Katherine B. Darmer Outstanding Community Service Award
(June 5, 2012) Newport Beach, Calif.—The Orange County Lavender Bar Association (OCLBA) today announced that Union Bank, N.A., will be the Presenting...
May 10, 2012
Shaping and Inspiring Future Leaders in Public Defense: Public Defender Corps Fellows Announced
(May 1, 2012)  Washington, DC – Across the country public defender offices are under-funded, under-staffed, and inundated with enormous...

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