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 1 and September 30 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. All positions are currently filled, although we encourage interested applicants to check back on this page frequently. We will be posting the position descriptions for the recently announced Justice AmeriCorps Fellowship program, serving undocumented immigrant youth, in the near future. Those Fellows will begin service by December 31, 2014, and when available, position openings will be posted on PSJD, on host site employment pages, and will be linked here on our website:
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 2014-2015 program year. Fellowships are located in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Washington, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. The 2014-2015 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
- Education award of $5,550 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 each October in the D.C. area. 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