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Spend Your Summer Helping Rural Communities in Need

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Interested in embarking on a summer of service in a rural community? If you’re a first or second-year law school student, apply to the Rural Summer Legal Corps (RSLC)—a partnership between Equal Justice Works and Legal Services Corporation (LSC) that supports 35 law students in serving rural communities each summer.

Participants, called Student Fellows, spend eight to ten weeks hosted at LSC-funded civil legal aid organizations, where they take on challenging projects that address a range of legal issues including affordable housing and evictions, labor protections for farmworkers, and family law matters in Native American communities and tribes.

This year, RSLC Student Fellows remotely served people in rural areas affected by the pandemic—here is more on how they spent their summers.

Through RSLC, law students have the opportunity to explore their public interest passions as they gain experience providing direct legal services, engaging in community outreach and education, and building capacity at the organizations where they are hosted—all while working toward a $5,000 stipend!

“This program allows you to see the ground work and whole view of the barriers people experience with legal matters and regardless of what area of law one intends to practice, this program provides one with the foundation of compassion and how to best serve those in need,” said 2019 RSLC Student Fellow Shanelle Staten.

Applications for the program are due at 11:59 p.m. ET on February 8, 2021. For more information about RSLC eligibility and requirements and to apply, please visit here.

Learn more about becoming an Equal Justice Works Fellow