JusticeCorps

Apply now to serve as a JusticeCorps member in 2020!

AmeriCorps Full-Time and Minimum-Time positions are available in Los Angeles, the Bay Area, and San Diego. Serve in Summer 2020 or during the 2020-2021 Program Year. 

JusticeCorps logoJusticeCorps is a unique national service program that has helped over one million Californians find access to justice since it began in 2004. Powered by a partnership among California courts, campuses, community legal assistance providers, and AmeriCorps, JusticeCorps recruits college students and recent graduates who volunteer to serve the millions of Californians coming to court each year without attorneys—self-represented litigants. These are people navigating a complex legal system on their own, struggling to resolve crucial legal matters affecting their family, housing, personal safety, and financial stability.

JusticeCorps members assist self-represented litigants by serving in court-based self-help centers in the Bay Area, Los Angeles and San Diego educating litigants on their legal options, mapping out next steps, and helping them tell their story. By providing neutral assistance—not legal advice—JusticeCorps members empower litigants to understand their options, to have their voices heard, and to confidently move forward with their legal matter.

Bay Area Region


Bay Area JusticeCorps members serve in self-help centers in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, San Jose, and Santa Clara counties. Student members are recruited from University of California, Berkeley; California State University East Bay; San Francisco State University; San Jose State University; and Stanford University.

Los Angeles Region


Los Angeles JusticeCorps members serve in self-help centers throughout the county, including Downtown Los Angeles, Van Nuys, Santa Monica, Compton, and Long Beach. Student members are recruited from University of California Los Angeles; California State University Dominguez Hills, California State University Long Beach, California State University Northridge; CalPoly Pomona, University of Southern California, Occidental College; and University of LaVerne.

San Diego Region


San Diego JusticeCorps members serve in self-help centers in North and South county San Diego, including Downtown San Diego and Vista. Student members are recruited from San Diego State University; University of California San Diego; and California State University San Marcos.

Student Members

Minimum-Time members are enrolled college students who attend JusticeCorps partner campuses in our Los AngelesBay Area, and San Diego regions. Student members are enrolled in a variety of majors—including pre-law, social sciences, humanities, and criminal justice, and usually serve one shift per week at their service site. Our Los Angeles program also offers a 300-hour JusticeCorps Summer Member option, during which members complete their 300-hour term of service by serving full-time over a 10-week period. Los Angeles Summer Members are not required to be enrolled at a partner campus. See the Student Member Position Description.

Full-Time Members

JusticeCorps Graduate Fellows serve for 1,700 hours during a 12-month period, providing direct service to litigants and taking a leadership role within their cohort. JusticeCorps Fellows are college graduates and are not directly recruited from our partner campuses. Fellows serve 5 days a week, 7.5 hours per day for the duration of their term of service. See the Graduate Fellow Position Description

Other Member Positions

JusticeCorps’ 2020 cohort includes one, 900-hr position—a Recruitment and Retention Fellow, who will support the program with a focus on expanding and building JusticeCorps’ capacity to effectively recruit and retain members. The Recruitment and Retention Fellow does not provide direct service to litigants and serves 3 days a week, 7.5 hours each day. See the Recruitment and Retention Fellow Position Description.

Member Benefits

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  • 1,700-hr. JusticeCorps Graduate Fellows receive a living allowance of $27,000 throughout their year of service.
  • The 900-hr. Recruitment and Retention Fellow receives a living allowance of $14,000. Healthcare benefits are also offered to all Fellows for the duration of their service year.
  • Fellows and Student members also have access to "MAP" (Member Assistance Program), which offers wellness benefits including mental health support, life coaching, financial literacy training and other supports to members while they serve.

As AmeriCorps members, all JusticeCorps members who successfully complete their term of service are eligible for a federally funded Education Award—currently $6,195 for Full-Time members and $1,311.11 for Minimum-Time members. Learn more about the Segal Education Award.

Service Sponsors

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JusticeCorps is a program of the California Courts, administered by CaliforniaVolunteers and sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), a federal agency that improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering.

JusticeCorps is proud to be one of 255 national service programs operating in California. Collectively, the program's regions serve more than 50% of California's residents, striving toward the Judicial Branch's goal of access to justice for all.

Partners

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JusticeCorps is a collaborative project of the Judicial Council of California; Bay Area, Los Angeles, and San Diego courts; 8 University of California, California State University campuses, and private and community colleges; and many community-based service providers. This dynamic partnership shapes JusticeCorps’ program design, and provides intensive training to members throughout the year. Armed with this foundation, members provide in-depth and individualized legal assistance to self-represented litigants, often in litigants’ own languages, under the supervision of an attorney.

Statewide Program Staff

Judicial Council of California
455 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, California
94102-3688

Nicole Claro-Quinn - 415-865-4504

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