Now entering its 15th year (2020-2021), the award-winning California JusticeCorpsprogram recruits, trains and places over 270 undergraduates and recent graduates in court-based self-help centers in Los Angeles, San Diego, and the Bay Area. 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, and many 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.
Bay Area JusticeCorps recruits 70+ college students every year for their 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 currently enrolled in one of the six partner universities or three community colleges during the academic year. The 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 $1,300 AmeriCorps education award upon completion of their service hours. JusticeCorps accepts applications during spring semester for both the student member and fellow positions, which begin each fall. Also, check out Bay Area JusticeCorps Fellowship program for university graduates (and graduating seniors)!
ICCE coordinates with BayArea JusticeCorps to recruit and support participating SF State students in the program. Upcoming fall 2020 SF State information sessions will be posted shortly.