I Want to Apply to Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps
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. 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.
For the 2012-2013 program year, our Fellowships are located in the District of Columbia and fourteen different states: Ohio, Arizona, Maryland, Indiana, Illinois, Arkansas, West Virginia, Missouri, Kentucky, New York, California, Montana, Washington, and Texas. We expect similar geographic diversity in 2013-2014. The 2012-2013 projects focus on veterans’ assistance, foreclosure prevention, medical-legal partnerships, and disaster relief. The 2013-2014 projects will focus on veterans’ assistance.
- 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; currently $36,200 to $55,000 per year
- 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 with Equal Justice Works Fellows in The Equal Justice Works Leadership Development Training, held each October in the D.C. area.
- Geographic collaboration
- Issue area collaboration and problem solving
Structure of Projects
- Host sites required to match AmeriCorps funds
- Usually 2 or more Fellows at one site or within the state; this enhances Fellowship experience
- Must be very focused on documented, positive client outcomes, such as saving a home from foreclosure, preventing an eviction or securing housing for a veteran.
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