AmeriCorps is a network of National Service programs working to address various compelling community needs across the nation. JusticeCorps is one program in the AmeriCorps Network with a focus on increasing access to justice for Californians coming to court without lawyers.
If you are graduating mid-program year, you are eligible to apply for our part-time program. Please note that this is a two-semester commitment so, if you plan to move out of the area or pursue full-time employment before May, you are not eligible to apply. If you cannot guarantee your commitment for the spring semester we would encourage you to wait until the next (2014-15) program year and apply for our full-time fellowship.
No. JusticeCorps members are enrolled in a variety of majors.
Yes. Prospective members are asked to demonstrate a GPA of at least 2.5 at the time of application. In cases of extraordinary circumstances, applicants may provide an addenda to explain a lower GPA and this will be considered with their application.
No. Working on another internship while participating in JusticeCorps is not permitted, as our program is a serious commitment (see above). If you would like to request a waiver of this requirement please contact the JusticeCorps Program Director.
No. JusticeCorps is a full academic year commitment and members must be in the Bay Area and able to serve consistently the entire year.
Preference for Minimum-Time positions is given to candidates enrolled at partner universities, although exceptions have been made. Full-time member candidates are also drawn from partner universities but it is not a requirement.
Minimum-time members do not receive a stipend, but upon completion of the program are eligible for a $1,132 education award. Full-Time members receive a maximum living allowance of $20,000 for an entire year of service as well as a $5,350 education award upon completion of the JusticeCorps program. Click here to learn more about the education award.
Many minimum-time members work at a paying job while completing their JusticeCorps service. During the interview process you will have a chance to reflect on whether the balance of coursework, a part-time job, and JusticeCorps service is the right fit for you.
No. JusticeCorps is designed to assist self-represented litigants dealing with civil, small claims, and family law issues.
Sometimes. JusticeCorps members are based in self-help legal access centers, although they do spend time observing in court and explaining orders as necessary to assist litigants whose cases require them to appear before a judge.
Generally, Minimum-Time members commit to one full day of service per week (this could be a full work day or two half-days). Full-time members provide service five days per week. In addition both minimum-time and full-time members spend a number of hours each week training with their site cohorts, especially during the first 5 weeks of the program.
During the application process, you may be asked to list your service site preferences and program staff does everything they can to accommodate members' selections
F/T slots may vary slightly from year to year. For the 201022013 program year the program enrolled 23 F/T positions and expects to enroll 24F/T members in 2013-2014—15 in Los Angeles, 7 in the Bay Area, and 2 in San Diego
M/T slots may vary slightly from year to year. For the 2012-2013 program year the program will enroll 250 M/T positions and expects to enroll 263 M/T members in 2013-2014.