There are over 4 million people living in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara—the counties served by the Bay Area JusticeCorps program partner courts. Many of these people cannot afford legal representation and need assistance when trying to navigate through complicated court proceedings. By providing information, referrals, and assistance with forms completion, Bay Area JusticeCorps members help mitigate that:
Since it began in 2006, Bay Area JusticeCorps has served more than 120,000 self-represented litigants, and graduated more than 500 JusticeCorps alumni.
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 them prepare court paperwork, by making referrals, or through assistance at legal information workshops. 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 members’ individual development. Members will be placed at one of 6 service locations located throughout the Bay Area.
JusticeCorps members are students who commit to provide a minimum of 300 hours of service during the academic year. The program will start in September 2017, and hours will be completed by the end of the students’ academic year (May/June). This program is open to students enrolled in one of our participating campuses: University of California, Berkeley, CSU East Bay, San Jose State University, Stanford University, and SF State University.
The application deadline for the JusticeCorps 2016 Student Member program has passed. Applications for the 2017 program will be available in December, 2016.
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JusticeCorps Fellows are college graduates who serve with the courts full-time for one year. Fellows commit to provide a minimum of 1,700 hours of service between mid-August 2017, and July of 2018.
The application deadline for the JusticeCorps 2016-2017 Fellowship program has passed. Applications for the 2017-2018 Fellowship program will be available in early 2017.
Bay Area JusticeCorps recruits the majority of 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 center:
Each partner also has a campus-based university representative who works on outreach and recruitment and supports members throughout their service year. Our university reps—all of whom are enrolled students and most of whom are JusticeCorps alumni—provide support to the program staff throughout the service year while also acting as peer mentors for the cohort of members from their university.