JusticeCorps Internship

JusticeCorps Program

Since it began in 2006, the Bay Area JusticeCorps program has served more than 120,000 self-represented litigants and graduated 400 JusticeCorps alumni. JusticeCorps is an AmeriCorps program which has both a fellowship for recent college graduates or current seniors, and a student member program for students who will be enrolled in one of five partner universities: UC Berkeley, San Francisco State, Cal State East Bay, Stanford, and San Jose State. Every year, we recruit 7 fellows and 70 university students, who serve self-represented litigants in San Mateo, Santa Clara, Contra Costa, San Francisco, and Alameda Counties. Our members assist litigants who cannot afford an attorney to help themselves resolve their legal matters in family and civil law. During the 2015-2016 Academic Year, ICCE recruited 10 SF State students to the program. The 1700 hour (full-time) members stipend is $5,775 and the 300 hour (part-time) members stipend is $1,222.22. JusticeCorps accepts applications during spring semester for the year-long program, which begins each fall. They also offer a select number of full-time positions through which members serve 11,700 hours and receive a living allowance throughout their one-year term of service, as well as an increased education award. 

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As a Member

JusticeCorps members' daily activities may include:

  • Providing litigants with legal information
  • Assisting litigants in completing legal paperwork
  • In-court assistance to litigants
  • Providing litigants referrals to appropriate legal resources
  • Assisting in attorney-facilitated workshops
  • Translation

JusticeCorps members will:

  • Commit to serve 300 hours in one academic year (approximately 8-10 hours per week)
  • Recieve a $1,132 education award upon completion of their term
  • Recieve over 40 hours of training (included in the 300 hour service requirement) including specialized training in specific areas of law, professionalism, cultural competency, domestic violence and civic engagement

JusticeCorps fellows will:

  • Commit to a year of full-time service (1,700 hours)
  • Recieve a $5,550 education award upon completion of their term.
  • Earn a stipend of up to $20,000 plus health benefits.

Other special opportunities for JusticeCorps members may include:

  • Shadow days with Superior Court Judicial Offiers
  • Career days
  • Courtroom observation
  • Letters of recommendation to law school and graduate school, and much more

There are over 4 million people living in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara—the counties served by the Bay Area JusticeCorps program. Many of these people cannot afford legal representation and need assistance when trying to navigate through complicated court proceedings. By providing information, referrals, and assistance with forms completion, Bay Area JusticeCorps members help mitigate this situation.


Postition Description

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The Bay Area JusticeCorps is a collaborative project of the California Administrative Office of the Courts; the Superior Courts of Alameda, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara Counties, Bay Area Legal Aid, the University of California at Berkeley, the California State University East Bay, San Jose State University, Stanford University and San Francisco State University.  The program’s purpose is to provide assistance to individuals, (known as self-represented litigants) who have legal matters to adjudicate but are not represented by an attorney.  Self–represented litigants face many obstacles in their attempts to resolve important legal matters, including a lack of familiarity with legal terms and mandatory forms and an inability to follow or fully comprehend court proceedings or orders given in court.  Inability to resolve legal matters jeopardizes litigants’ ability to secure safe, affordable housing, to overcome barriers to employment, to obtain guardianships, or to avoid domestic violence and elder abuse.

JusticeCorps members will be trained to provide legal information to self–represented litigants to assist them with resolving important legal matters such as those described above.  Members will either be placed in a Self-Help Legal Access Centers, or a Family Law Facilitators Office and work on small claims, housing law, and family law issues.  Service will consist primarily of one-on-one interaction with litigants and will include other duties as assigned. Direct service will comprise at least 80% of a member’s service.  JusticeCorps members assist litigants by helping them prepare court paperwork, by making referrals, or through assistance via computers.  Members will receive training in a variety of areas to support and enhance the member’s service to the public as well as training that will support the members’ individual development.

Part-Time: JusticeCorps member minimum qualifications for 300-hour position

  • 17 years or older, U.S. citizen, U.S. national or lawful permanent resident of the United States with a high school diploma/GED;
  • Commitment to community service and ability to provide continuous service for the entire program year;
  • Ability to learn and to attend all JusticeCorps training;
  • Experience and/or interest in working on problems in our community;
  • Willingness to be an active team Member and ability to work with a diverse team;
  • Members must pass local background check and an FBI and Department of Justice live scan fingerprinting;
  • Members must be able to provide their own transportation to the service location and training; and
  • Members must have access to personal email and check email regularly (a minimum of three times a week).

Full-Time: JusticeCorps member minimum qualifications for 1700-hour position

  • 17 years or older, U.S. citizen, U.S. national or lawful permanent resident of the United States with a high school diploma/GED;
  • BA/BS Degree
  • Commitment to community service and ability to provide continuous service for the entire program year;
  • Ability to learn and to attend all JusticeCorps trainings;
  • Experience and/or interest in working on problems in our community;
  • Willingness to be an active team Member and ability to work in a diverse team;
  • Members must pass local background check and an FBI and Department of Justice live scan fingerprinting;
  • Members must be able to provide their own transportation to the service location and trainings; and
  • Members must have access to personal email and check email regularly (a minimum of three times a week).

JusticeCorps essential skills

  • Ability to apply information learned in training sessions;
  • Possession of strong verbal communication skills;
  • Good organizational skills and ability to follow through with assigned tasks;
  • Ability to interact profesionally with litigants, peers, court staff, and supervisors; and,
  • Ability to work effectively in a multi-cultural and stressful environment.


Frequently Asked Questions

Before applying, you may have a few questions.

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 may be helping them file for a restraining order or help them understand the process of a divorce. Maybe helping them with a name change or helping them file for child support. There are many different legal issues you may be assisting a litigant within family or civil law. As a fellow- a full-time team leader who works 40 hours a week- you will be acting a leader for part-time members while also serving litigants.

2  Is this internship paid?

The part-time membership position is not paid. There is, however, an education award presented to you at the completion of your term of service. Full-time fellows receive a larger educational award as well as a living stipend of about $20,000 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 training to get you ready to work in the self-help centers.

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 roughly $1300. And full-time members who complete 1700 hours receive roughly $5700. 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 insure that you receive credit.


Previous Cohorts:


SF State - JusticeCorps AY 2016-2017

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   Tutor: Iris Hernandez Mejia

   Major: Political Science Minor: International Relations

   Year: Senior

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   Tutor: Julia Tapia

   Major: Sociology   Minor: Latino Studies 

   Year: Senior 

 

 

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   Tutor: Nicole Ortega

   Major: Philosophy

   Year: Junior

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   Tutor: Victor Alejandro

   Major: Anthropology

   Year: Senior

 

 

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   Tutor: Leonia Major

   Major: Criminal Justice

   Year: Senior 

   Tutor: Nika Mammadova

   Major: Political Science

   Year: Junior

 

 

 

 

 


Resources:

Small Claims

Small claims is a fast, convenient way to ask for reparations from another party. Amounts must be under $10,000 and can not be a government entity.

Income and Expense Declarations

When filing for a marriage dissolution, parties must state their income and expenses to the court.

Civil Harassment

When someone needs to seek distance from another party, they can request a restraining order.


For more information, go to:

JUSTICECORP WEBSITE

Impact of JusticeCorps (PDF)