Law Students

Rural Summer Legal Corps

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.

Each summer, Equal Justice Works partners with the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) to support 35 dedicated law students who want to serve rural communities, as part of the Rural Summer Legal Corps. Student Fellows spend eight to ten weeks at LSC-funded civil legal aid 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 including fact sheet distribution, strategic partnership development, and presentations
  • building capacity at their host organization through resource development and training sessions

Student Fellows tackle a number of results-driven community projects including responding to disaster-related legal issues; addressing affordable housing and evictions; and providing legal aid to victims of domestic violence.

The application for the 2020 Rural Summer Legal Corps will be open on December 18, 2019.

How to Apply

Applicants will be asked to provide a résumé, a summary of professional qualifications and interest in the program, and their top three host organization choices.

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
  • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or lawful permanent resident (e.g., green card)
  • 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
  • Attend a three-day training in Washington, D.C.
  • Complete 300 hours of service within an eight to ten week period
  • Complete 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
  • December 18, 2019
    Application Opens
  • February 10, 2020, 11:59 p.m. EST
    Application Closes
  • Mid-February – March, 2020
    Interviews with Host Organizations (rolling basis)
  • March 20, 2020
    Students Notified of Acceptance
Questions?

If you have questions about Rural Summer Legal Corps, please review this website and our Frequently Asked Questions or send an email to [email protected].

Host Organizations

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

View All Host Organizations

Program Host Organizations

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Utah Legal Services

UTAH / St. George

Pine Tree Legal Assistance

MAINE / Presque Isle

New Mexico Legal Aid

NEW MEXICO / Selected Pueblos

Michigan Indian Legal Services

MICHIGAN / Traverse City

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Participating in this program is an opportunity to bring awareness to this problem and commit myself to serving and improving things in rural communities like mine.

Elizabeth Brown /
2018 Rural Summer Legal Corps Student Fellow