Rural Summer Legal Corps seeks Summer Fellows

Rural Summer Legal Corps

Rural communities in the U.S. and its territories face a shortage of talented 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.

Each summer, Equal Justice Works partners with the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) to support 35 dedicated law students who want to serve rural communities, as part of the Rural Summer Legal Corps. Student Fellows spend eight to ten weeks at LSC-funded civil legal aid organizations developing valuable skills and gaining hands-on experience by:

  • providing direct legal services such as client and witness interviews, legal research, and writing
  • engaging in community outreach and education including fact sheet distribution, strategic partnership development, and presentations
  • building capacity at their host organization through resource development and training sessions

Student Fellows tackle a number of results-driven community projects including responding to disaster-related legal issues; addressing affordable housing and evictions; and providing legal aid to victims of domestic violence.

The application for the 2020 Rural Summer Legal Corps will be open on December 18, 2019.


How to Apply

Applicants will be asked to provide a résumé, a summary of professional qualifications, a personal statement describing their interest in the program, and their top three host organization choices. Apply directly through Equal Justice Works at this link: https://www.equaljusticeworks.org/law-students/part-time-summer/rural-summer-legal-corps/apply-for-rural-summer-legal-corps/

Eligibility

All applicants must:

  • Be current law students, who have 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

Funding

Participants will receive a $5,000 stipend for their service. Students have the option to apply for unlimited outside funding through their university or other sources.

Program Participant Expectations

  • Attend a three-day training in Washington, D.C.
  • Complete 300 hours of service within an eight to ten week period
  • Complete all required program reporting and documentation

Host Organizations

Candidates will be required to provide their top three host organization choices. The full list of host organizations will be available on December 20, 2019.

Housing and Transportation

It is the participant’s responsibility to obtain housing and ensure adequate transportation throughout the summer placement. Host organizations will provide general information, however, it is not the responsibility of the host organization to provide direct housing or transportation assistance.

Application Deadlines

December 18, 2019     Application Opens

February 10, 2020       Application Closes at 11:59 p.m. EST

Mid-February –         Interviews with Host Organizations on Rolling Basis
March 2020

March 25, 2020          Students Notified of Acceptance

Questions?

If you have questions about Rural Summer Legal Corps, please review this website and our Frequently Asked Questions or send an email to ruralcorps@equaljusticeworks.org.