Grants for public interest opportunities!

Law students serving at nonprofits or government offices throughout the country can apply for Equal Justice Works’ AmeriCorps JD program through April 15 to earn a $1,212 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award.
Please also feel free to use this electronic version on your webpages: http://files.equaljusticeworks.org/americorpsjdcard.pdf

AmeriCorps JD provides a life changing experience for its members. The program provides law students with hands-on experience and an opportunity to make a difference in communities that need help the most.

SERVING AS AN AMERICORPS JD MEMBER

The Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD program operates on a rolling admission basis. Regardless of when they begin, accepted members must complete the required 300 hours of service by August 31 in order to receive the Eli Segal Education award valued at $1,212.

Students often prefer to complete their term of service following an academic schedule over the course of one semester period either fall, spring, or summer. Equal Justice Works posts application deadlines during high recruitment periods. Please review the application periods below to ensure you meet program deadlines.

AMERICORPS JD PROGRAM

Eligibility

To participate in AmeriCorps JD:

  • You must be a current law student at a qualifying organization
  • You must not receive compensation for more than $4,300 for the same service
  • You must not receive school credit for the same service
  • You must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or lawful permanent resident (e.g. green card) and pass a criminal background check, including an FBI fingerprint check (though applicants are not disqualified for most criminal records).

Funding

AmeriCorps JD participants receive an Eli Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $1,212 upon successful completion of the program. This award can be applied toward student loans or tuition, but please note that this award is not a cash stipend. AmeriCorps JD Members must adhere to strict guidelines regarding outside funding.

Host Organization Resources

If searching for a host organization, organizations working in 2015 priority areas will provide applicants a starting place for potential host sites in their community. Equal Justice Works suggests looking at postings on PSJD or Idealist, or directly contacting the organization’s offices to ask if they need help for the fall, spring, or summer.

Application Pre-requisites

There are two steps you must take before completing an application:

  1. Review the eligibility requirements above in the AmeriCorps JD Application Guide to ensure you are eligible.
  2. Secure a position with a qualifying organization.
  • Equal Justice Works will not find a placement for you. For more information on organizations that are interested in hosting AmeriCorps JD Members click here.
  • Confirm the name of your direct supervisor at the organization in order to complete the application.

Application Deadlines and Start Dates

TERM DEADLINE
  • Winter (Spring Semester) Start:
  • February 29, 2016 Priority
  • Summer Start:
  • April 15, 2016 Priority
  • June 3, 2016 Last Call for Applications

AMERICORPS JD

The Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD program provides a $1,212 education award to law students who deliver critically needed legal assistance in low-income and underserved communities across the country.

Members must complete 300 hours of service by August 31, 2016 to earn the education award. Some of the requirements, include:

  • 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 within a nonprofit or government office in the U.S.
  • Supervised by licensed attorney
  • Have received less than two full Segal Education Awards for any prior AmeriCorps service
  • Not receive school credit or more than $4,300 in outside funding for service hours at your organization

Please visit our website and download our application guide to learn more!

By John McKee
John McKee Career Consultant John McKee