FAQ for Host Organizations

Can we host more than one law student?

Yes, grantees can apply to host more than one law student if the project or projects warrant it. Please submit only one application, but include project descriptions for each student requested. You can request two students to work on a single project.

How does LSC and Equal Justice Works define ‘rural’?

LSC and Equal Justice Works are not defining the parameters of “rural.” We are leaving it up to the programs applying for law students to describe the challenges a program faces in serving its rural client-eligible population. You can take into consideration demographics, geographic, office placement, and other factors. For example, a statewide program or service area may have a number of large- to mid-size cities in its service area as well as a significant rural presence.

What is the stipend for the student?

Students will receive a $5,000 stipend for 8-10 weeks of service amounting to at least 300 hours. The law student will have the option to request unlimited additional outside funding. Please note that that this is a change from last year’s program. There is no longer an AmeriCorps JD component to the 2017 Rural Summer Legal Corps; we have increased the stipend from $4,000 in 2016 to $5,000 in 2017 to help offset the elimination of the AmeriCorps JD option.

Do grantees have to provide housing and transportation to the law student?

Host sites are not required to provide local transportation or housing, but LSC and Equal Justice Works appreciate your assistance in helping the student secure housing when possible.

Is the Rural Summer Legal Corps program competitive?

This is a competitive program with awards made annually.

What is the role of Equal Justice Works?

Equal Justice Works administers the Rural Summer Legal Corps. It publicizes the program, recruits the law students, and provides a slate of top candidates for the host sites to interview. Once a student is enrolled in the program, Equal Justice Works’ staff will provide ongoing support of the law students throughout the summer and assist them in building peer networks that advance their careers and the host organization’s capacity. Equal Justice Works will ensure all Rural Summer Legal Corps students submit a final report regarding their summer placement.

What is the Legal Services Corporation?

The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is an independent nonprofit established by Congress in 1974 to provide financial support for civil legal aid to low-income Americans. LSC currently provides funding to 134 independent non-profit legal aid programs in every state, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.

What is the role of Legal Services Corporation?

The Legal Services Corporation is providing the funding for the fellowships. It is also responsible for selecting the programs that will be the host sites for the students. The Legal Services Corporation will also organize and present the training program for students at the beginning of the summer.

What is the role of the host site in making a selection?

Equal Justice Works will provide host organizations with a slate of top law students to interview. The host organization will select candidates to interview and make their final selection. Equal Justice Works will make every effort to ensure the proposed slate of applicants fits the needs of the host organization.

What is the deadline for the host organization application?

Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. E.T. December 19, 2016.

How will my organization receive the law student stipend?

Equal Justice Works will provide payment directly to the host site. Details will be provided in the award letter once a student is matched with a program.

How do I submit my organization’s application?

Applications are submitted electronically to RSLC@lsc.gov.

Are there reporting requirements?

Rural Summer Legal Corps sites and students will be required to submit a final report to Equal Justice Works regarding their summer placement. Host sites will complete a survey. Student reports will include specific metrics, outcomes, and narrative questions based on the host organization’s project proposal. More information will be provided to the law students during the 3-day training prior to start date.

We have a current law student who is interested in applying, what are the details of the student application process?

Equal Justice Works will begin recruitment for law students in January 2017. If you have a specific prospective law student in mind, please include that name and contact information in your organization’s application, and encourage that student to apply.