Frequently Asked Questions
COVID-19 UPDATE: While we are confident in our ability to run the program in the upcoming year, the public health situation in September 2021 will dictate the program’s size and whether positions are in-person or remote. Because we cannot know what the public health situation will look like in September 2021, we are providing this description of the JusticeCorps selection process and relevant factors.
1.) What will I be doing?
As a member - a full time student who serves 8 hours a week- you will be helping litigants to navigate the justice system. You'll be assigned to one of our partner sites in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, or San Mateo and providing direct (in-person or remote) assistance to self-represented litigants. Under the supervision of an attorney or legal professional, you may be asked to assist people with completing their legal forms, provide substantive and procedural legal information, provide language assistance to LEP litigants, assist in facilitating workshops, and referring people to local legal aid organizations. The types of civil legal matters can vary depending on the site but may include the following: divorce, child custody and visitation, child support, restraining orders, small claims, unlawful detainers (evictions), and guardianship.
2.) Is this internship paid?
The part-time student member position is not paid. There is, however, a $1,342 Americorps education award presented to you at the completion of your term of service. Full-time fellows receive a $10,000* education award as well as a living stipend of $27,000 for the year.
3.) Do I need to have legal experience?
You don't need to have any legal experience! While it is appreciated, you do not need to have prior law experience for a JusticeCorps position. We provide over forty hours of intensive legal training as well as daily supervision and mentorship of attorneys and legal professionals to help you prepare for your year of service.
4.) What is the educational award?
The educational award is a post-service benefit given to members after completing their required hours. Part-time members who complete 300 hours receive a $1,342 education award and full-time members (fellows) who complete 1700 hours receive a $10,000* education award. This money can be applied to existing student loans, paid directly to your university, or used for future student debt.
5.) Can I earn class credits for participation in JusticeCorps?
Some of our partnering universities allow students to receive credits toward graduation for their participation in JusticeCorps. We are happy to sign any documents you may need to ensure that you receive credit.
**In the 2019-2020 program year Governor Gavin Newsom announced the California For All Education Award (CFA). The CFA is a supplemental education award given to all full-time AmeriCorps members (including JusticeCorps Fellows) who served in the 2019-20 program year. This award is added to the value of the AmeriCorps Segal Education award to bring the total value of the Fellow’s education awards to $10,000. The state has granted approval to continue the CFA supplemental education award, however, it is still subject to state budget appropriations.
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