Summer Equal Justice America Legal Services Fellowships


Equal Justice America is pleased to offer summer fellowships amounting up to $4,000. Law students who 1.) attend qualifying law schools and, 2.) will be working full-time for organizations providing direct civil legal aid services are eligible to apply. Click here to view Law Schools where EJA Fellowships are offered.

Students must secure a full-time (minimum 35-40 hours per week) placement for the summer working a minimum of 10 weeks at a civil legal services organization.

The deadline to apply is March 26, 2019. Decisions will be made by the end of April. You will will be notified by email.

The application will require the following:


  • A cover letter that explains your interest in providing civil legal services to people who are experiencing economic hardship and systemic barriers (Please also indicate if you are applying for funding from any other sources)
  • A resume or CV
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • An employment confirmation letter from the hiring organization that indicates how many hours and weeks you will be working
  • Summer fellowships may take place anywhere in the United States. The hiring organization must be a non-profit organization providing direct civil legal services. PLACEMENTS WITH PUBLIC DEFENDER OFFICES AND GOVERNMENT AGENCIES DO NOT QUALIFY.
  • EJA Fellowship recipients may receive additional grant money from other funding sources up to a maximum of $7,500 for the summer. If an EJA recipient receives additional funding from another source, EJA will reduce its grant accordingly. However, so that as many students as possible can receive some funding, there may be situations where EJA will reduce its grant further so that a student’s total funding from all sources could fall below the $7,500 maximum.Under these circumstances, the EJA grant will remain large enough to ensure that the student receives a total of no less than $6,000 from all sources.
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