Immigration Summer Legal Corps

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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 application for the 2020 Immigration Summer Legal Corps is available here.

How to Apply

Applicants will be asked to provide a résumé, a personal statement describing their interest in the program, and their top three host organization choices.


All applicants must:

  • Complete their first year of law school by the start of their summer placement
  • Attend an Equal Justice Works Member Law School

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
  • Attend a remote kick-off training
  • Complete 300 hours of service within an eight to ten week period
  • Submit all required program reporting and documentation
Host Organizations

Candidates will be required to provide their top three host organization choices. The full list of host organizations is available here.

Housing and Transportation

It is the participant’s responsibility to obtain housing and ensure adequate transportation throughout the summer placement. Host organizations will provide general information; however, it is not the responsibility of the host organization to provide direct housing or transportation assistance.

Application Deadlines
  • January 15, 2020: Application Opens
  • February 18, 2020, 11:59 p.m. EST: Application Closes
  • Mid-February – March, 2020: Interviews with Host Organizations on Rolling Basis
  • March 25, 2020: Students Notified of Acceptance

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