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Veterans Legal Corps

Veterans often face complex and intertwined legal problems, many of which stem from physical and mental injuries sustained during military service. When these legal problems go unresolved, they can multiply over time, creating insurmountable barriers to successful civilian life.

Through the Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Veterans Legal Corps (VLC), formerly AmeriCorps JD, Fellows and law students provide legal services that enable low-income and homeless veterans and their families to stabilize, recover, and rebuild their lives. Law students, referred to as “Student Members” are hosted at legal services organizations across the country where they:

  • Provide legal assistance to veterans and their families on issues related to housing, employment, consumer and medical debt, government benefits, child support, and other family law matters
  • Build relationships with community partners, including staff at the VA hospitals, clinics, and veterans centers, as well as work with law schools
  • Deliver presentations on veterans’ rights and benefits, and create educational tools and resources that can be shared across their host organization and with community partners

VLC is an AmeriCorps National program funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service that is open to current law students enrolled in law school who are U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or lawful permanent residents. Law students must apply directly to the legal services organization of their choice. VLC provides Student Members with an opportunity to gain hands-on experience and training in the legal field, valuable networking opportunities, and professional skills development.

Contact us at vetslegalcorps@equaljusticeworks.org to learn more.

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Applications for the Veterans Legal Corps Student Program will be accepted through May 15, 2019.

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Eligibility

To participate in the Veterans Legal Corps Law Student Program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a current law student;
  • Must not receive compensation for more than $4,422 in external funding for the same service;
  • Must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or lawful permanent resident (e.g. green card)
  • Must pass a National Service Criminal History Check, including an FBI fingerprint check, state check, and National Sex Offender Public Registry check. (Note: the presence of most criminal records will not be an automatic bar for qualification)
Funding

As AmeriCorps Members, law students participating in the Veterans Legal Corps are eligible to receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of approximately $1,230 upon successful completion of the program. Successful completion includes serving a minimum of 300 hours during the Spring and/or Summer of 2019. This award is not a cash stipend—rather; the stipend will be applied directly toward student loans or tuition.

Host Organization Resources

Student Members are required to have a secured placement with a qualifying host organization in the United States prior to submitting an application to the Veterans Legal Corps Law Student Program.

Refer to the 2019 Veterans Legal Corps Law Student Application Guide for a list of qualifying host organization criteria. Host organizations currently hosting full time AmeriCorps Members (or Legal Fellows) in the Veterans Legal Corps are actively recruiting. In addition to existing VLC host organizations, students are encouraged to visit PSJD or Idealist.org, or directly contact an organization of their choice to find an opportunity to serve in 2019.

Application Requirements

Students should apply at least three (3) weeks prior to their proposed start. The final deadline to apply for the Veterans Legal Corps Law Student Program is May 15, 2019.

  • Review the eligibility requirements above and in the Veterans Legal Corps Law Student Application Guide to ensure you are eligible.
  • Secure a position with a qualifying organizations.
    • Equal Justice Works does not place law students at legal services organizations. See below for more information on organizations that are interested in hosting VLC Law Student Members.
    • Confirm the name of your direct supervisor at the organization of your choosing to complete the application.
  • Submit your application in the Equal Justice Works Student Application Manager.
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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