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 is now closed. Student Fellows will be notified of their acceptance on March 20, 2020.

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

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 2020.

View RSLC Host Organizations

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