I Want to Apply to AmeriCorps Legal Fellowships
Serving as an AmeriCorps Fellow
The process for becoming an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow begins in late June when host sites begin posting positions and runs through August or until all available positions are filled. Fellowships begin between August 15 and September 15 and run for an 11-12 month term, with the option to renew for a second year given continued funding of the Fellow’s host site. Currently there are openings at the following locations, with more to be announced by July 24, 2015. These positions will be updated on a rolling basis, and we encourage interested applicants to check back on this page frequently.
Please contact host sites directly for further information on position availability, and please note that you will apply directly to the host site.
AmeriCorps Fellowship Basics:
An AmeriCorps Legal Fellowship is a great way to launch or re-launch a public interest legal career. You’ll work with great nonprofit legal aid organizations on cutting-edge projects, providing direct legal assistance, strengthening communities and being a lawyer for the community.
There are open Fellowships positions for the 2015-2016 program year. Fellowships are located in California, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, and New York. These projects focus on employment issues, veterans’ assistance and disaster response.
- Graduate of Equal Justice Works member law school
- U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or lawful permanent resident (e.g. green card)
- Criminal background checks, including FBI fingerprint check, required (though not disqualified for most criminal records)
- Host sites may set additional requirements (e.g. Spanish speaking, experience with veterans, etc.)
Salary & Benefits
- Living allowance and supplemental benefits vary by host site; starting at $36,200
- $5,730 Segal Education Award per year of service
- Loan deferral available and Fellows can participate in other loan repayment programs.
Be part of the Fellowship Community
AmeriCorps Fellows participate in The Equal Justice Works Leadership Development Training, held this year on October 20-22, 2015, at the Washington DC Renaissance. This extensive training develops hard and soft skills and provides the opportunity for geographic and issue area collaboration.
Structure of Projects
- Focused on documented, positive client outcomes
- Usually two or more Fellows at one site or within the state to enhance Fellowship experience
AmeriCorps Fellows cannot take part in certain activities outlined in the AmeriCorps legislation. These “prohibited activities” include:
- Attempting to influence legislation
- Promoting or deterring union organizing
- Voter registration drives
- Assisting for-profit businesses
- Partisan political activity of any kind