Bay Area JusticeCorps

JusticeCorps is an AmeriCorps program administered by California Volunteers and sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Now entering its 15th year (2020-2021), the award-winning California JusticeCorps program recruits, trains and places over 270 undergraduates and recent graduates in court-based self-help centers. The ability of individuals facing family, housing, financial and personal safety crises to access the legal system and understand and safeguard their rights is vital to achieving economic self-sufficiency and promoting community stability. To help improve access to justice and ensure fair outcomes for all, California has committed to doing more to help people who need to resolve important civil legal issues but don’t have professional representation.

Bay Area JusticeCorps recruits 70+ college students every year for their student member program. Bay Area 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. ICCE coordinates with BayArea JusticeCorps to recruit and support participating SF State students in the program. 

UPDATE: Now accepting applications for 2021-2022 JusticeCorps Members!

  • JusticeCorps members work directly with people in need and do not do administrative work

  • The opportunity to serve their community

  • One on one interaction with litigants

  • Practical law and social services related experience

  • Daily opportunities to work with lawyers

  • Courtroom observation

  • Shadow days with judicial officers

  • Field project or internship credit

  • Letters of recommendation for law school or graduate school

  • Application Due: Thursday, February 25, 2021  

  • 2021-2022 JusticeCorps members: Participate in a mandatory 2-day weekend orientation and training on Saturday, September 11th, & Sunday, September 12th, 2021 

  • Refer to Bay Area JusticeCorps program timeline

  • Any academic major may apply

  • 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

  • Please review the COVID-19 Selection Statement  prior to starting your application

Internship Position Description

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.    

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.

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.

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. 

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. This money can be applied to existing student loans, paid directly to your university, or used for future student debt.

Past Interns: 2015-2020