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Apply for Disaster Resilience Program

Disasters, including the COVID-19 pandemic, devastate lower-income communities, creating new poverty and further entrenching inequality. As a law student, you have an opportunity this summer to play a critical role in improving disaster preparedness and recovery by working alongside an Equal Justice Works Fellow in our Disaster Resilience Program.

Before filling out this application, please fully review the project descriptions for each host site, including eligibility requirements. Please also take note of the location of each project because some host sites may allow or require the Student Fellow to work remotely.

Each year, the Equal Justice Works National Advisory Committee presents eight law students throughout the country with a Regional Public Interest Award. Chosen for their innovation, impact, and commitment to public interest law, each of the students selected is recognized for providing extraordinary service through clinics, volunteer work, internships, and more.

If you have any questions about the Regional Public Interest Awards, or if you would like to nominate an extraordinary public interest law student for the award in your region, please email our team at [email protected].

The application window has closed for 2022 Regional Public Interest Awards. Winners will be announced on April 20th.

 

Applications Closed

Applications are closed for 2022 Regional Public Interest Awards. Winners will be announced April 20th.

Thank you!

Thank you for applying to the Disaster Resilience Program! Student Fellows will be notified of their acceptance by March 25, 2022.

 

 

 

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Explore your passion for equal justice by providing legal support to underserved communities in California, Louisiana, and New Mexico as they work to rebuild their lives and prepare for the next disaster.

Disasters, including the COVID-19 pandemic, devastate lower-income communities, creating new poverty and further entrenching inequality. As a law student, you have an opportunity this summer to play a critical role in improving disaster preparedness and recovery by working alongside an Equal Justice Works Fellow in our Disaster Resilience Program. 

The need for legal services is especially critical for parts of the country hard hit by the pandemic and prone to natural disasters such as hurricanes, flooding, and wildfires. Our Disaster Resilience Program mobilizes full-time lawyers (Equal Justice Works Fellows) to provide free civil legal aid in disaster-prone areas to ensure vital legal services are accessible to rebuild lives, stabilize communities, and create resilience. As a current law student, you have an opportunity to support an Equal Justice Works Fellow as a Student Fellow. 

If you are a 1L or 2L law student, apply to the Equal Justice Works Disaster Resilience Program to be a Student Fellow this summer and work alongside a current Equal Justice Works Fellow at their host organization (virtually and/or hybrid; see host site preferences and accommodations) to help communities navigate legal issues before, during, and after disasters. This is an eight- to ten-week position available to eleven law students during the summer of 2022. Upon completion, Student Fellows will receive a $5,000 stipend.  

Through the program, Student Fellows will have the opportunity to:  

  • Provide civil legal services 
  • Engage in community education and advocacy efforts to increase disaster preparedness and awareness of legal rights 
  • Build capacity at the legal services organization where you work 
  • Participate in trainings in disaster law prior to the start of the program in May 
  • Join networking opportunities with other Equal Justice Works Fellows and Student Fellows 

The Disaster Resilience Program is currently funded by the California Community Foundation Wildfire Relief Fund, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and individual contributions.  

The application for the 2022 Disaster Resilience Program is now closed. Stay tuned for more opportunities at Equal Justice Works!

How to Apply

Before submitting your application, view the 2022 host site projects, and be prepared to choose your top three location choices. Applicants will be asked to provide a resume and a personal statement describing the candidate’s interest in the program.  

Eligibility

All applicants must: 

  • Be current law students, who have completed at least their first year of law school by the start of their summer placement 
  • For several placements, possess a valid driver’s license and access to adequate transportation during summer placement 
Funding

Participants will receive a $5,000 stipend for their service. Students have the option to apply for unlimited outside funding through their university or other sources. 

Program Participant Expectations
  • Complete 300 hours of service within an eight to ten-week period 
  • Complete all required program reporting and documentation 
Housing and Transportation

If applicable, it is the participant’s responsibility to obtain housing and ensure adequate transportation throughout the summer placement. It is not the responsibility of the host organization to provide direct housing or transportation assistance. Please pay attention to whether the opportunity you are applying for is remote or in-person. 

Application Deadlines
  • December 20, 2021:
    Application opens
  • February 14, 2022:
    Application closes at 11:59 p.m. ET
  • February–March 2022:
    Interviews with host organizations conducted on a rolling basis
  • March 25, 2022:
    Students notified of acceptance
Questions?

If you have questions about Disaster Resilience Program, please review this website, our FAQ guide, or send an email to [email protected]. 

Resources

Learn more about participating in a Disaster Resilience Program Student Fellowship.

  • View Frequently Asked Questions
  • View 2022 Student Fellow Project Descriptions
Application Deadlines
  • December 20, 2021:
    Application opens
  • February 14, 2022:
    Application closes at 11:59 p.m. ET
  • February–March 2022:
    Interviews with host organizations conducted on a rolling basis
  • March 25, 2022:
    Students notified of acceptance
Program Host Organizations

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Programs
  • Disaster Resilience Program
Programs
  • Design Your Own Fellowship
  • Disaster Resilience Program

Kentucky Legal Aid (KLA)

KENTUCKY / Bowling Green

Programs
  • Disaster Resilience Program
  • Rural Summer Legal Corps

West Tennessee Legal Services

TENNESSEE / Jackson

Programs
  • Design Your Own Fellowship
  • Disaster Resilience Program
  • Rural Summer Legal Corps

Disability Rights Louisiana

LOUISIANA / New Orleans

Programs
  • Disaster Resilience Program

Southeast Louisiana Legal Services

LOUISIANA / New Orleans, Baton Rouge

Programs
  • Disaster Resilience Program
  • Rural Summer Legal Corps

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Equal Justice Works is a great organization to remind people of why they went to law school in the first place and offers real opportunities for people who want to work in public interest law.

Camilo Rodriguez /
2017 Equal Justice Works Student Representative

Application Timeline 

  • Application Open: April 1, 2022 
  • Application Close: May 9, 2022 
  • Members selected: May 20, 2022 

Equal Justice Works invites law students to apply for the National Advisory Committee (NAC) from the following regions: Pacific, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, and Southwest and law school professionals to apply from the following regions: Pacific, Mid-Atlantic, and Gulf.

Please fill out the form below to apply.

The application for the 2020 Immigration Summer Legal Corps is now closed. Student Fellows will be notified of their acceptance on March 25, 2020. 

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Low-income immigrants across the U.S. face challenges to accessing legal services, including language barriers, lack of right to counsel, and a shortage of lawyers who understand how to navigate the ever-changing maze of immigration laws. Without access to a qualified lawyer, immigrants are often forced to seek the help of predatory immigration service providers, or represent themselves in court.

The Immigration Summer Legal Corps (ISLC) supports 20 dedicated law students who want to expand legal services and resources for low-income immigrants in need of assistance. Student Fellows spend eight-to-ten weeks hosted at legal services organizations developing valuable skills and gaining hands-on experience by:

  • providing direct legal services such as client and witness interviews, legal research, and writing
  • engaging in community outreach and education
  • building capacity at their host organization through resource development and training sessions

The Immigration Summer Legal Corps is not accepting student applications for the summer of 2021.

Questions?

If you have questions about the Immigration Summer Legal Corps, please review this website or send an email to [email protected].

 

Host Organizations

Take a look at the full list of LSC-funded organizations that are hosting Student Fellows for the Summer of 2020.

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RSLC gave me the opportunity to explore a career in civil legal aid and meet tremendous people along the way.

Kimberly Barton /
2018 Rural Summer Legal Corps Student Fellow

Rural communities in the U.S. and its territories face a shortage of talented lawyers, with a large population of the country being forced to travel hundreds of miles to find legal assistance. Participate in Rural Summer Legal Corps (RSLC) and help address the access-to-justice crisis for people living in rural areas.  

Before filling out this application, please fully review the project descriptions for each host site, including eligibility requirements. Please also take note of the location of each project because some host sites may allow or require the Student Fellow to work remotely. 

 

Thank you!

Thank you for applying to the Rural Summer Legal Corps. Student Fellows will be notified of their acceptance by March 25, 2022. 

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