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.
Elder Justice AmeriCorps
Fellows provide legal services to older adults who have been victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. In addition to representing clients, Fellowships will include work creating and supporting multidisciplinary teams of social workers, medical professionals, and law enforcement; leading know your rights sessions at senior centers, nursing homes, assisted living communities, and other community-based settings; and recruiting and training pro bono attorneys.
Employment Opportunity Legal Corps
Fellows remove legal barriers to employment for economically disadvantaged job seekers, allowing them to secure new or improved jobs. These barriers include:
- Expunging and sealing criminal records
- Restoring drivers’ licenses
- Obtaining or restoring occupational licenses
Fellows provide direct assistance to immigrant children who have crossed the U.S. border without a parent or guardian as they navigate complex immigration court proceedings. These children, some as young as five, fled extreme violence and poverty in their home countries. They are not guaranteed any representation in court, but without legal assistance, the likelihood that they will be sent back to these horrific conditions is high.
Veterans Legal Corps
Provide direct representation to veterans who are homeless or who are at risk of becoming homeless and with eligible military families on issues including landlord tenant matters, problems with disability and other income maintenance benefits, child support, consumer and medical debt, drivers’ license reinstatement, and expungement issues.