Student Member Program

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JusticeCorps recruits 70+ college students every year for our student member program. Students commit to an intensive 300 hours in Self-Help Centers throughout the Bay Area, helping litigants with legal information for their family and civil law cases. Members are required to serve a minimum of 8 hours per week at their assigned service location. In order to be eligible for the program, you must be a student who will be enrolled in one of our six partner universities or three community colleges during the academic year. Our partner schools are  California State University-East Bay, San Francisco State University, San José State University, Santa Clara University, Stanford University, University of California-Berkeley, College of San Mateo, Cañada College, and Skyline College. Members may qualify for travel reimbursement and a $1,342 AmeriCorps education award upon completion of their service hours. 

If you have any questions or are interested in learning more about our internship opportunities, please feel free to schedule a meeting with one of our Program Specialists or Campus Representatives during their office hours. 

Additional Information

Read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Preview the 2022-2023 Program Year Timeline

Testimonials from JusticeCorps Alumni

Learn more about our Application Process

Research Self-Help and Access to Justice

View our Virtual Office Hours

Onboarding Guide for 2022-2023 Members

Requirements

Applicants need to be US citizens or permanent residents.

Applicants must be enrolled during the academic year for which they apply at one of our seven partner colleges and universities.

Applicants must pass a LiveScan fingerprint background check and an AmeriCorps background check

Prospective JusticeCorps members must have at least a 2.5 GPA

Application Information

At this time we are only accepting applications to our placement sites in Hayward, CA and Redwood City, CA. Applications will be reviewed and candidates interviewed on a rolling basis. If you meet the eligibility requirements please start your application here and email our Program Director, Dan Siskind <dsiskind@alameda.courts.ca.gov> for next steps.”

Fellowship Program

JusticeCorps recruits 8 university graduates (and graduating seniors) annually to serve self-represented litigants in Alameda County (Hayward), Santa Clara County (San Jose), San Francisco County (San Francisco), and San Mateo County (Redwood City & South San Francisco). Fellows do not have to be from one of our partnering universities. All fellows participate in an Orientation and begin their service in late August, as well as attend a program-wide Orientation and training when our part-time members start (usually a month later, in September). The responsibilities of our fellows may vary between the different counties where they are placed. But all fellows act as a leader for their site's part-time members and continue to assist litigants. Interested applicants will need to have graduated from an accredited university or be a graduating senior by August of the program start date. Fellows receive $28,000 stipend dispersed biweekly and a $10,000* education award. Fellows are also eligible to receive free health insurance and childcare benefits.

If you have any questions or are interested in learning more about our internship opportunities, please feel free to schedule a meeting with one of our Program Specialists or Campus Representatives during their office hours.

*Upon successful completion of their service, AmeriCorps members are eligible to receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award from the National Service Trust that they can use to pay for higher education expenses or apply to qualified student loans. In addition to receiving the federal Segal AmeriCorps Education Award, full-time members, including JusticeCorps Fellows, who complete a minimum of 1700 service hours will receive a California For All Education Award for a combined total value of $10,000. Both educational awards are considered taxable income. CFA Award is contingent upon final budget appropriation by the state of California.

Requirements

Applicants need to be US citizens or permanent residents.

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree

Applicants must pass a LiveScan fingerprint background check and an AmeriCorps background check

Application Information

The application is now closed. We are no longer accepting new applications for 2022-2023 the Graduate Fellowship. Applications for the 2023-2024 program year will be made available in late December. Sign up to receive notifications about our Fellowship program and application deadlines.

Please contact our Program Director, Dan Siskind <dsiskind@alameda.courts.ca.gov> if you have any questions or concerns.

Access to Justice (A2J) Summer Internship

Access to Justice (A2J) is an intensive 10 week summer internship program. A2J interns serve with local partner courts in a similar setting as the JusticeCorps program, working closely with self-represented litigants providing: assistance with court documents, legal information, referrals as needed and translation for our monolingual litigants. The A2J Summer Internship Program is not an AmeriCorps program. Therefore, participants in the summer program do not receive an AmeriCorps Eli Segal Education Award. Summer interns may apply for service-based scholarships and stipends offered through their university. You can learn more about the program on the Access to Justice website

Requirements

Applicants must be at least 18 years old and pass a LiveScan background check.

Applicants must commit to attending all mandatory trainings

Applicants must be available to volunteer up to 40 hours a week from late May through mid-August (or, Mid-June through late-August)

Application Information

The application deadline for the 2022 summer program has passed. If you have any questions about this opportunity or would like to apply to a position on the waitlist please contact Program Specialist, Rebekah Askew <raskew@alameda.courts.ca.gov>.

University Representative

Campus-based university representatives are enrolled students, and traditionally JusticeCorps alumni, who provide key support to JusticeCorps program staff during Orientation, Saturday trainings, and assist with program performance measurement throughout the year. Additionally, they serve as leaders and peer mentors for the cohort of members from their campus. University representatives are paid part-time court employees, with flexible work schedules. Please contact Rebekah Askew <raskew@alameda.courts.ca.gov> for more information.

Requirements

Must be a currently enrolled sophomore, junior or senior student at a partner university.

Completion of a term of service with JusticeCorps or other AmeriCorps programs is desirable.

Application Information

Applications will be posted in Summer 2022.