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 for most programs, 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 in the next few weeks. 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. 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
Current Open Fellowship Positions
Interested applicants must apply to AmeriCorps Legal Fellowships through the host organization's website, linked below. Please do not send application materials directly to Equal Justice Works. Open positions are added as they become available. Please check back for additional announcements.
Veterans Legal Corps (VLC)
The Veterans Legal Corps engages lawyers and law students as AmeriCorps members to provide low-income and homeless veterans with access to justice. Fellows will improve the lives of low-income and homeless veterans by providing critical legal services that help individuals achieve higher incomes, improve access to healthcare, secure housing, and improve family stability. Please visit the website of the host organization for more information on how to apply.
- Advocates for Basic Legal Equality
- Emory University Volunteer Clinic for Veterans (position filled)
- LAF (Chicago) (position filled)
- Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation (position filled)
- Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (position filled)
- Legal Aid of West Virginia (position filled)
- Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma (positions filled)
- Legal Aid Society (of Louisville) (positions filled)
- Legal Assistance of Western New York (positions filled)
- Legal Services of Northern Virginia (position filled)
- Lone Star Legal Aid
- Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles (position filled)
- OneJustice - Los Angeles, CA (position filled)
- OneJustice – San Francisco, CA (position filled)
- South Carolina Legal Services
- University of Miami School of Law, Health Rights Clinic (positions filled)
- Veteran Advocacy Project, Urban Justice Center (position filled)
- Widener University Veterans Law Clinic
Employment Opportunity Legal Corps (EOLC)
The EOLC seeks lawyers with an interest in removing barriers to employment for unemployed or underemployed people who are actively seeking to join the labor market. Specifically, Fellows will be involved in expungement of minor criminal records, correcting errors in criminal records, and restoring driver’s licenses and occupational licenses, in addition to other available legal remedies.
- East Bay Community Law Center (positions filled)
- Greater Boston Legal Services (position filled)
- Legal Aid Society (of Louisville)
- Legal Assistance of Western New York (Rochester)
- Mississippi Center for Justice (position filled)
- Nevada Legal Services
- Northeast New Jersey Legal Services
- Watsonville Law Center
Disaster Legal Corps
Disaster Fellows will build on many years of AmeriCorps and Equal Justice Works history serving victims of disaster by providing legal services to victims of disaster in areas destroyed by tornadoes, storms, and other natural disasters. Disaster relief services primarily focus on helping disaster victims access FEMA benefits and other resources as well as securing stable housing, following up on disputed insurance claims, and litigating cases involving predatory contractors.
- New York Legal Assistance Group (position filled)
- Lone Star Legal Aid