The Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD Program provides law students with the chance to serve a qualifying host organization of their choosing. AmeriCorps JD members expand the delivery of critically needed legal assistance in low-income and underserved communities across the country for veterans, disaster victims, and by removing barriers to employment for other vulnerable populations.
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- FAQs for Supervisors and Host Sites
- Information for Supervisors and Host Organizations
- Information for Current AmeriCorps JD Members
- Resources for 2013 AmeriCorps JD Priority Areas
AmeriCorps JD is an AmeriCorps-funded program that provides law students with the opportunity to earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award for dedicating 300 hours of service to a qualifying legal project with a nonprofit program or other qualifying organization. AmeriCorps JD applicants must be current students at Equal Justice Works member law schools. They may serve at a variety of organizations, as detailed here. Among others, qualifying organizations include those that currently host Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellows or Equal Justice Works Fellows, those that are funded by the Legal Services Corporation(LSC) and Veterans Treatment Courts.
Our current priority areas are Employment, Veterans and Disaster. If you will spend at least 50% of your time serving assisting clients with removing barriers to employment, or working with veterans or victims of a federally recognized disaster, you will be eligible to participate in the AmeriCorps JD program in the Fall and Spring semesters. Applications for law students who will serve with nonprofit legal organizations providing legal services to low-income clients will open around February 2015.
As part of the 2013-2014 AmeriCorps JD Program, 360 members will:
- Gain first-hand experience and legal skills in areas such as client intake, representation and legal research and writing;
- Complete at least 300 hours of service;
- Earn a $1,175 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award voucher that can be used to pay current educational expenses or qualified student loans;
- Have access to Equal Justice Works’ network of alumni, experience and expertise as the nation’s largest provider of public interest opportunities for law students and attorneys;
- Become an official member of AmeriCorps, one of the largest national service networks in U.S. history; an
Priority is given to those who serve veterans or victims of disaster for their entire service or with the minimum 60-hour Veterans Legal Outreach Toolkit, which Equal Justice Works will provide.
To learn more about AmeriCorps JD, please explore the pages in the “More About This Program” box to the right.
If you have questions about AmeriCorps JD, please send an email to AmeriCorpsJD@EqualJusticeWorks.org.
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