AmeriCorps JD is an AmeriCorps-funded program that provides law students with an opportunity to expand the delivery of critically needed legal assistance in low-income and underserved communities across the country for veterans, military families, disaster victims, and other vulnerable populations.
This is an excellent opportunity for law students interested in public interest.
Participants in the AmeriCorps JD program will help resolve some of the most critical legal problems that prevent people from having decent jobs, safe housing, and stable family lives. Priority will be given to applicants focusing on veterans’ issues although individuals with other focus areas are encouraged to apply. One innovation of this program is that law students will be starting internships on a rolling basis, including during the school year, providing more opportunities to serve than summer internships exclusively. (This is an expansion of our former SummerCorps program.)
Law students who participate in AmeriCorps JD will have an opportunity to earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award – a voucher for education expenses – for dedicating 300 hours of service to a qualifying legal project with nonprofit programs or other qualifying organizations (as detailed here<http://e2.ma/click/wgq2j/g0q3if/kriekc>), including legal aid organizations, veterans law clinics, courts and other state or local government agencies, or an academic institution.
* AmeriCorps JD applicants must be current students at Equal Justice Works member law schools<http://e2.ma/click/wgq2j/g0q3if/0jjekc>.
* For service in the spring semester, applications are due January 15.
* For service in summer 2014, applications will open in March 2014 and will be due April 1.
To learn more about AmeriCorps JD, please visit http://equaljusticeworks.org/americorpsjd
"At Equal Justice Works, we believe that many students begin law school with a desire to change lives. AmeriCorps JD will allow students put that commitment into practice and have a positive impact on some of society’s most underserved communities."