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Put your legal education and passion for public service to work this summer while gaining experience in disaster law.
The unprecedented crisis of COVID-19 has heightened the level of uncertainty and disparity for marginalized communities—including immigrants, low-income individuals, people with disabilities, and people of color—at the same time as it has restricted access to essential social services. The need for legal services is especially critical for the parts of the country hard hit by the pandemic and prone to natural disasters such as hurricanes, flooding, and wildfires.
In response to this need, Equal Justice Works created the Disaster Resilience Program in early 2020. The Disaster Resilience Program mobilizes Fellows to provide free civil legal aid in disaster-prone areas to ensure vital legal services are accessible to rebuild lives, stabilize communities, and create resilience.
If you’re a 1L or 2L law student, apply to the Equal Justice Works Disaster Resilience Program as a Student Fellow to work alongside Disaster Resilience Program Fellows at their host legal services organizations (virtually and/or hybrid; see host site preferences and accommodations) in Texas and Florida. Participants, called Student Fellows, gain exposure to legal disaster preparedness, response, and recovery work. This eight-to ten-week opportunity is available to six law students during the summer of 2021.
Through the program, Student Fellows learn valuable skills outside of the classroom, such as providing civil legal services, engaging in community education and advocacy efforts to increase disaster preparedness and awareness of legal rights, and building capacity at the organizations where they serve. Additionally, law students receive trainings in disaster law prior to the start of the program in May and will have opportunities to attend trainings and network with other Equal Justice Works Student Fellows throughout the summer. Student Fellows receive a $5,000 stipend upon completion of the program.
Applications are due at 11:59 p.m. ET on February 16, 2021. For more information about program eligibility and requirements and to apply, please visit here.