JusticeCorps FAQs

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.

  • JusticeCorps Graduate Fellows serve 1,700 hours during a 12-month program year beginning and ending in August.
  • JusticeCorps Student Members serve 300 hours during an academic year, beginning in September or October and ending by May or June.. Generally, Student Members commit to one full day of service per week (this could be a full work day or two half-days). Full-time Fellows provide service five days per week. In addition both Fellows and Student Members spend a number of hours each week training with their site cohorts, especially during the first 5 weeks of the program.

  • The JusticeCorps Graduate Fellowship is a full-time commitment open to college graduates. Many Fellows are JusticeCorps alumni who have served as student members while enrolled at one of our partner universities. Fellows receive a living allowance throughout their year of service.
  • The JusticeCorps Student Member position is open to students currently enrolled  at a JusticeCorps partner campus. Student members do not receive a living allowance.

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.

No. Working on another internship while participating in JusticeCorps is not permitted, as our program is a serious commitment.

No. JusticeCorps is a full academic year commitment and members must be able to serve consistently the entire year.

Full-Time JusticeCorps members receive a $20,000 living allowance throughout the service year. JusticeCorps Student Members do not receive a living allowance.

All members are eligible for a Federally funded education award (“Ed Award”) upon successful completion of their service year. Currently, minimum time members receive an Ed Award ranging from $1,300-$1,700. The Ed Award for full time members ranges from $5,500-$6,000.

Many minimum-time Student 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.

During the application process, you will be asked to list your service site preferences and program staff does everything they can to accommodate members' selections