FAQ for Students


Applying to Rural Summer Legal Corps
RURAL Summer Legal Corps Service Requirements
Responsibilities of Rural Summer Legal Corps Members and their Host Organization
Successfully Completing Rural Summer Legal Corps

APPLYING TO RURAL SUMMER LEGAL CORPS

When does the 2018 Rural Summer Legal Corps program start and end?

The Rural Summer Legal Corps program will operate between May-August 2018. Regardless of when they begin, accepted participants must complete the required 300 hours of service by September 1, 2018 in order to receive the $5,000 stipend. Applicants must provide a proposed start and end date for their term of service in their application materials. The student must inform Equal Justice Works immediately if these dates change.

What is the application deadline?

Applications must be received by February 11, 2018

When will the applications be evaluated?

Applications are evaluated on a rolling basis. Equal Justice Works will screen applications and refer candidates to a host organization based on caliber of application, location preference, and legal aid provider need. Host Organizations will contact candidates directly to conduct interviews and refer selections to Equal Justice Works for final offers no later than April 2018.

What if I applied several weeks ago and still have not heard from Equal Justice Works?

You will be notified of the receipt of your application upon submission. Equal Justice Works will review your application and refer to potential host organizations as needed throughout March 2018. Please refrain from inquiring about the status of your application until late-March. All inquiries should be directed to ruralcorps@equaljusticeworks.org.

What are the eligibility requirements to serve as a Rural Summer Legal Corps Member?

All applicants must:

  • Attend an accredited law school
  • Complete their first or second year of law school by the start of their summer placement.
  • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or lawful permanent resident (e.g., green card).
  • Pass a criminal background check. Applicants are not disqualified for most criminal records.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license and access to adequate transportation during summer placement.

Why do I have to sign the Rural Summer Legal Corps Fellowship Agreement before I have been accepted?

Acceptance of the terms of the Fellowship Agreement is a prerequisite for being considered for the program. If the applicant is not selected to participate in the Rural Summer Legal Corps program, the Fellowship Agreement will be void.

What criminal history checks are required for Rural Summer Legal Corps?

Criminal history checks are one of the most important steps to becoming a Rural Summer Legal Corps member. Members must initiate a FBI criminal background check through our vendor, Fieldprint before they begin serving hours for the program. Failure to begin the FBI background check before starting service will result in a reduction of allowable hours. Applicants will receive information regarding these checks via email.

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RURAL SUMMER LEGAL CORPS SERVICE REQUIREMENTS

Will I be paid for my Rural Summer Legal Corps service?

Participants will receive a taxable $5,000 stipend for their service. Students have the option to apply for unlimited additional outside funding through their university or other sources.

Can I receive outside compensation as a Rural Summer Legal Corps Member?

Yes. You may receive funding in the form of a grant, stipend or living allowance for your term of service (i.e. part-time job, general scholarship for law school).

Can I split my 300 hours between two or more host organizations?

No. All 300 service hours must be completed with one host organization.

Where can I serve?

View 2018 Host Organizations.

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RESPONSIBILITIES OF RURAL SUMMER LEGAL CORPS MEMBERS AND THEIR HOST ORGANIZATION

Can my supervisor be a non-attorney staff member?

Yes. However, members must abide by their relevant state rules of professional conduct with regard to being supervised by a licensed attorney when doing specific legal work.

What are the host organization’s main responsibilities?

The host organization, by participating in Rural Summer Legal Corps and hosting a student, agrees to supervise the law student(s) for the 8-10 week program, and ensure that the law student(s) is contributing to service delivery to eligible clients in rural locations.

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SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETING RURAL SUMMER LEGAL CORPS

Can I work beyond the end of my Rural Summer Legal Corps service term if I still have hours to complete?  

No. The minimum 300 service hours must be completed by close of business on September 1, 2018 in order for the participant to receive their $5,000 stipend.

What are the exit procedures for Rural Summer Legal Corps?

Equal Justice Works will send an email that contains exit procedure instructions to each participant on their last day of service. As a part of the exit process, participants must certify their time log. When they do so, the supervisor will receive an email to certify the time log and complete a participant evaluation.

How do I receive my stipend?

Participants will receive their $5,000 stipend directly from their host organization. More details will be provided upon acceptance.

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