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Hey Law Students: Apply Now for a Summer of Service!

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Equal Justice Works has launched applications for law students to participate in a summer of service! Law Students are invited to apply to spend their summer serving crime victims with the Crime Victims Advocacy Program, helping communities affected by disaster with the Disaster Resilience Program, or increasing access to legal aid in rural areas with the Rural Summer Legal Corps. Applications for law student summer opportunities in the Rural Summer Legal Corps and the Crime Victims Advocacy Program opened on January 4th, 2024. *Applications for law student summer opportunities with the Disaster Resilience Program opened on January 17th, 2024.

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 50 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.
  • Crime Victims Advocacy Program (CVAP) places 21 law students to increase access to legal aid for survivors of crime, especially in underserved BIPOC communities. This program is supported by an award under 15POVC-22-GK-01116-NONF, awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.
  • Disaster Resilience Program mobilizes 11 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.

*Summer law student applications for the Disaster Resilience Program opened on January 17th

“I enjoyed my conversations with my supervising attorney and see him as a mentor in public interest for my future career,” said Selma Lara, 2023 Rural Summer Legal Corps Student Fellow. “He is skilled and passionate in his work, and he is extremely approachable. My law school experience made me lose sight of why I went in the first place, and this experience made me passionate again.”

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 most exciting part of the program was that I was engaging in real legal practice and impacted real people in need, not corporations,” said Ethan Barnes, 2023 Rural Summer Legal Corps Student Fellow. “Calling a client and telling them their issue is resolved was a rewarding feeling that trumps all others.”

Applications for law student summer opportunities in the Rural Summer Legal Corps and the Crime Victims Advocacy Program are being accepted until February 13, 2024. Applications for law student summer opportunities in the Disaster Resilience Program are being accepted until February 20, 2024. For more information about eligibility and requirements and to apply, please visit here.

Learn more about becoming an Equal Justice Works Fellow