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Rural Summer Legal Corps

Rural communities in the U.S. and its territories face a shortage of lawyers, with a large population of the country being forced to travel hundreds of miles to find legal assistance. Participate in Rural Summer Legal Corps (RSLC) and help address the access-to-justice crisis for people living in rural areas.

Fellowship Overview & Benefits

  • Gain hands-on experience addressing the unique needs of rural communities
  • Eight to ten-week summer engagement (300 hours of service)
  • Participants receive a $7,000 stipend for their service
  • Students have the option to apply for unlimited outside funding through their university or other sources
  • Provide direct legal services and conduct client and witness interviews
  • Engage in community outreach and education including fact sheet distribution, strategic partnership development, and presentations
  • Build capacity at one's host organization through resource development and training sessions

Quick Facts

  • 50 Rural Summer Legal Corps Student Fellows in the 2024 Class
  • 300 hours of service within an eight to ten-week period
  • RSLC provided invaluable practical experience with the training wheels off. Samantha Beauchamp
    2022 RSLC Student Fellow
  • $7k stipend for completing one’s summer of service

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How it works...


1 Check to make sure you’re eligible

All applicants must…

  • Be a current law student at an Equal Justice Works member law school, who has completed at least their first year of law school by the start of their summer placement 
  • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or lawful permanent resident (e.g., green card)
  • For several placements, possess a valid driver’s license and access to adequate transportation during summer placement

2 View RSLC Host Organizations

From New York to California, organizations nationwide host RSLC Student Fellows

Candidates must provide their top three host organization choices when submitting an application. 

3 Complete your application

Applicants will be asked to provide a résumé and personal statement describing their interest in the program.  Once applications close, interviews with host organizations are conducted on a rolling basis in early spring. Applicants are notified of their acceptance about a month after the application closes. 

If selected...

Attend a 3-day training and begin your summer of service

All RSLC Student Fellows attend an exciting three-day training in Washington, D.C., before their service begins. This training is made up of a series of workshops and panels, networking opportunities, and the chance to connect with and ask questions of the Legal Services Corporation and Equal Justice Works staff. Fellows receive travel accommodations and lodging for the training, as well as travel arrangements from the training to each student’s host organization.

2023 Highlights

Learn About the Impact of a Summer of Service!

Last summer, RSLC Student Fellows spent eight to ten weeks providing direct legal services and engaging in community outreach and education. Selected from over 330 applications, the 2023 class of RSLC Student Fellows included 45 Student Fellows who served at 41 LSC-funded civil legal organizations across the country. During their summer of service, Student Fellows collectively contributed 13,129 hours to help rural communities attain access to legal aid, with 4,881 hours spent on direct legal services! Their efforts helped a total of 2,194 individuals, and they assisted on 1,030 legal cases.

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