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Interested in spending a summer of service gaining hands-on legal experience? If you’re a first or second-year law school student, apply for one of these law student opportunities offered by Equal Justice Works:
- Rural Summer Legal Corps (RSLC)—a partnership between Equal Justice Works and Legal Services Corporation (LSC)—supports 45 law students in serving rural communities. Student Fellows take on challenging projects through LSC-funded civil legal aid organizations, addressing legal issues such as affordable housing and evictions, domestic violence, education, farmworkers’ rights, and family law matters in Native American communities and tribes.
- Disaster Resilience Program (DRP) mobilizes thirteen law students to work alongside Equal Justice Works Fellows as they provide critical legal assistance to disaster-prone areas. Student Fellows support efforts to improve disaster preparedness and recovery for communities prone to climate-related and human-made disasters such as flooding, hurricanes, tornados, wildfires, COVID-19, and humanitarian crises.
“My host organization entrusted me with complex, interesting, and meaningful work,” said Aaron Schaffer-Neitz, a third-year law student at Stanford Law School and a 2022 RSLC Student Fellow. “At no point did I feel like I was given busy work. I’m hopeful that the work I performed this summer will meaningfully improve the lives of farmworkers.”
Participants, called Student Fellows, will spend eight to ten weeks gaining valuable legal experience, expanding their network within the legal field, and serving communities in need this summer—all while working toward a $7,000 stipend! Student Fellows take on a wide range of responsibilities, such as providing direct client services, engaging in community outreach and advocacy efforts, and building capacity at their host organization. Additionally, Student Fellows will have access to trainings and the opportunity to participate in networking events throughout their time in the program.
“The best part of my experience at Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida was that I never felt like a day was wasted,” said Kyla Howard, a third-year law student at New England Law and a 2021 Disaster Resilience Program Student Fellow. “I could see how every project was effective for either the firm or the community. All my trainings and research came full circle when I got to use what I had learned to get into the community and help local tenants during the COVID-19 disaster.”
Applications for these programs are being accepted until February 14, 2023. For more information about eligibility and requirements and to apply, please visit here.