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. (Please note that at some of the law schools, it is necessary to find a placement with an organization located in the same state as the school.)

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 24, 2021. Decisions will be announced via email by late April/early May.

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 or have received 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 must take place 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 $8,000 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 $8,000 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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