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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.

The application for the 202Rural Summer Legal Corps has closed. 

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. 


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 May 2021 
  • Complete 300 hours of service within an eight to tenweek period 
  • Complete all required program reporting and documentation 
Host Organizations

The full list of 2021 RSLC host organizations is available here. 

Housing and Transportation

If applicable, 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 21, 2020 : Application opens 
  • February 8, 2021: Application closes at 11:59 p.m. ET 
  • February – March 2021: Interviews with host organizations conducted on a rolling basis
  • March 20, 2021: Students notified of acceptance 

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 hosting Student Fellows for the Summer of 2021.

View RSLC Host Organizations

RSLC Host Organizations

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East River Legal Services

SOUTH DAKOTA / Sioux Falls

  • Rural Summer Legal Corps
  • AmeriCorps Fellows Program
  • AmeriCorps VISTA
  • Design Your Own Fellowship
  • Rural Summer Legal Corps

Legal Services Alabama


  • Rural Summer Legal Corps

Pine Tree Legal Assistance

MAINE / Presque Isle

  • Rural Summer Legal Corps
  • Rural Summer Legal Corps

Center for Arkansas Legal Services

ARKANSAS / Little Rock

  • Rural Summer Legal Corps

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