The Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD program provides law students with the opportunity to earn a $1,212 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award for dedicating 300 hours of service to a qualifying legal project with a nonprofit program or other qualifying organization.
Students serving in the priority areas defined below may apply now through Friday, February 6, 2015. Your 300 service hours can be completed anytime from when your application is accepted and your background check has been initiated through August 31, 2015. We will also accept applications beginning in late February from students who provide service during summer 2015 to low-income communities outside of the specified priority areas. More details to come.
PRIORITY AREAS: The application is now open for students who serve veterans, military families or victims of disasters, or who focus on removing barriers to employment or housing.
Removing barriers to employment or housing can include sealing, expunging, and/or correcting criminal records; correcting credit reports; helping clients to obtain occupational licenses; restoring driver’s licenses that are necessary for work; and/or other applicable services focusing on legal barriers to employment or housing.
Some more examples of the type of work students can do within these priority areas include:
- Direct legal services: intake, legal form preparation, performing client and witness interviews, advocating for clients by telephone and in person, attending hearings, assisting attorneys in legal representation, carrying out legal research and writing
- Outreach and education: developing and distributing fact sheets, developing and delivering training on legal topics or on how to access legal services, ensuring potential clients are aware of their rights and available services
- Capacity building: activities which build the capacity of your host organization or other organizations to provide services in the previously specified priority areas, such as an organizational assessment, compiling best practices, organizing focus groups, leading planning committees
The AmeriCorps program, under the Corporation for National and Community Service, has a list of prohibited activities that cannot be included in the hours of service completed to earn the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. A list of these activities can be found here.
- Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or Lawful Permanent Resident of the United States
- Secure a placement with a host organization prior to submitting application
- Agree to criminal background checks during application
- Serve in any nonprofit within the U.S.
- Supervised by licensed attorney
- Have received less than two full Segal Education Awards for any prior AmeriCorps service
- Not receive more than $4,300 in outside funding for service hours at your organization
- Complete 300 hours of service by August 31, 2015 (all hours must be with one organization)