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 18. If you are selected to receive an Equal Justice America Fellowship you will be notified by email in April.

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
  • 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 (please click here for exceptions). 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.
  • Students are encouraged to apply for Work-Study funding, if available at their school. If a student with work-study funding receives an EJA Fellowship, Equal Justice America will pay the employer portion of the work-study grant. This enables EJA to fund more fellowships. Generally, students getting Work-Study receive a higher overall amount for the summer than EJA’s standard $4,000 grant. If the Work-Study total is less than $4,000, Equal Justice America will make up the difference.Students should note whether or not they are eligible for Work-Study in the cover letter of their application.
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