JusticeCorps: Los Angeles Region

JusticeCorps Los Angeles

The application deadline for the 2016 program has passed. Applications for the 2017 program will be available in December, 2016.

There are 9.8 million people living in Los Angeles, many of whom cannot afford legal representation and need assistance navigating through complicated court proceedings. In Los Angeles:

  • 54% of residents speak a language other than English
  • 36% of residents are foreign born
  • The poverty rate and number of single parent households exceeds the statewide average

In 2004, The Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles launched the JusticeCorps program. JusticeCorps began with 100 minimum-time members serving in Los Angeles’ court based self-help centers, providing legal information to self-represented litigants. Now, upwards of 160 members—both minimum-time and full-time—serve annually, and more than 1,500 alumni have graduated from the program. Members are recruited from local universities and placed in legal self-help centers located throughout the county.

JusticeCorps members will be trained to provide legal information to self–represented litigants to assist them with resolving important legal matters. JusticeCorps members assist litigants by helping litigants prepare court paperwork, by making referrals, or through assistance at a legal information workshop. Members will receive training in a variety of areas to support and enhance the member’s service to the public as well as training that will support the member’s individual development. Members will be placed at one of 12 service locations located throughout the County of Los Angeles.

JusticeCorps College Student (Minimum-Time Member/300-Hour) Program

This program is open to students enrolled in one of our participating campuses: California State University at Northridge; California State University at Dominguez Hills; University of California at Los Angeles; California Polytechnic University, Pomona; California State University at Long Beach; and the University of Southern California, and Occidental College.

JusticeCorps college student members provide 300 hours of service. The program start date will be in September 2017. Hours will be completed by the end of the student’s academic year (May or June).

The application deadline for the 2016-2017 Student Member program has passed. Applications for the 2017 program will be available in early 2017.


JusticeCorps Graduate Fellowship (Full-Time Member/1700-Hour) Program

JusticeCorps Fellows are college graduates who commit to provide a minimum of 1,700 hours of service during the academic year. The program will start in mid-2017, and hours must be completed by mid-August 2018.

The application deadline for the 2016-2017 Graduate Fellowship program has passed.
Applications for the 2017-2018 Graduate Fellowship will be available in early 2017.


JusticeCorps Summer (Minimum-Time Member/300-Hour) Program

The summer program is open to all current college students or recent graduates. The program offers an intensive 10-week, full-time immersion program from students interested in assisting self-represented litigants. Participants provide 300 hours of service from mid-June to mid-August. This position requires a minimum service commitment of 35 hours per week (7 – 7.5 hours a day Monday-Friday during normal business hours, depending on the service location).

The application deadline for the 2016 Summer Program has passed.
Applications for the 2017 Summer Program will be available in early 2017.

Los Angeles JusticeCorps recruits its members from students attending JusticeCorps’ partner universities. Students can meet JusticeCorps program staff at campus job fairs, and can also learn about the program through their campus service-learning or career centers:

Each partner also has a campus-based university representative who works on outreach and recruitment and supports members throughout their service year. The 2013-14 university contacts are:

California State University at Dominguez Hills

  • Cheryl McKnight
    Director, Center for Service Learning, Internships, & Civic Engagement

California State University at Long Beach

California State University at Northridge

  • Dr .Joyce Burstein
    Faculty Director for Community Engagement at the Center for Innovative & Engaged Learning Opportunities at CSUN

University of California at Los Angeles 

University of Southern California

Program Director: Jennifer Kalish, 213-633-0692
Jennifer Kalish oversees the Los Angeles JusticeCorps program on a daily basis. Ms. Kalish designs and coordinates partner and member trainings, directs program staff, and oversees the collection of data for performance measurements that show the impact of the program.  Ms. Kalish has been with the Los Angeles JusticeCorps program since it began in 2004. She holds a Bachelors in history from Cal Poly San Louis Obispo as well as a Masters and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in history from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). As a graduate student at UCLA Ms. Kalish worked at the Center for Community Learning where she discovered her passion for working with students engaged in community service. Working with the JusticeCorps members and watching them grow through their experiences in the program is Ms. Kalish’s favorite part of her job.

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