PCDC: Public Interest Fellowships with Equal Justice Works

More information about Equal Justice Works’ fellowship programs follows.  Please be aware of these job opportunities for students and recent graduates. 

AmeriCorps Legal Fellowships: In partnership with AmeriCorps, this program allows Fellows to promote public service at law schools by facilitating pro bono opportunities and training for other students.  A living allowance is provided and an educational award is earned after successful completion of the program.
Equal Justice Works Fellowships: As a participant in the largest postgraduate legal fellowship program in the U.S., Equal Justice Works Fellows create dream jobs with nonprofit organizations. Fellows receive a salary and are eligible for loan repayment assistance.
Public Defender Corps: Equal Justice Works and the Southern Public Defender Training Center have partnered to improve the quality of representation for adults and juveniles nationwide. This three-year fellowship program addresses the ongoing national crisis of providing quality representation to accused persons who cannot afford counsel.
For more information, please go to www.equaljusticeworks.org .

PCDC: Equal Justice Works news

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Please let your students know that there is still time to apply for the 2012 Summer Corps program. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. PDT on Tuesday, April 10. Incomplete applications will not be considered and there will be no exceptions.
  • 2012 AmeriCorps Legal Fellowship: Positions announced in June on PSLawNet. Applications ongoing.
  • 2013 Equal Justice Works Fellowship: Application open July 6 to September 18
  • 2013 Public Defender Corps: Application open July 6 to September 18
What are the differences between the three Equal Justice Works post-graduate fellowships programs? How do you help students with their applications? Who should apply to which program? We are offering several webinars this spring to answer these questions and more. All webinars are free. Please visit our website and to learn more and register for our webinars.
Save the Date
Friday, October 26 & Saturday, October 27, 2012
Crystal Gateway Marriott
1700 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202
Registration information will be coming soon. Travel and accommodation information is now available.
We have been receiving great feedback for the new The Equal Justice Works Guide to Law Schools. From November 21 to March 30, The Guide received 12,414 visits, with 86% being first time visitors. Based on results from our survey, 79% of those utilizing the site are prospective law students, along with a small number of current law students and undergraduate advisors.
One of the most popular features was the comparison view that allows visitors to obtain side-by-side summaries of several schools’ programs at one time. This feature was used 1,598 times throughout this period.
We encourage you to update your school’s information in The Guide with the information most recently reported to the ABA and NALP, and any other changes you would like to make to your school’s profile. Remember that you can make changes in The Guide anytime by logging in at http://survey.ejwguide.org. When you do make changes, please let us know by sending an email to guide@equaljusticeworks.org, so that we may ensure your edits transfer to the live, public version of The Guide. Please contact us if you have any questions.
Educational Debt We are pleased to announce the publication of a new educational debt resource. Take Control of Your Future: What You Should Know About Educational Debt provides basic information about student loans, repayment options and relief programs such as Income-Based Repayment and Public Service Loan Forgiveness. Visit our website to download a free copy today.
Our educational debt relief team recently participated in the final session of negotiated rulemaking proceedings held by the Department of Education. As a member of the student loans committee, we advocated for borrowers’ interests on 25 different issues, which included regulations governing Income-Based Repayment and Income-Contingent Repayment and implementing President Obama’s Pay As You Earn proposal. On Friday, March 30, the committee, which included representatives from the Department of Education, schools, loan servicers, legal aid, consumer advocates and students, reached consensus on these issues. As a result, a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking with the committee’s proposals will be issued later this year. Programs like Income-Based Repayment and Public Service Loan Forgiveness can help ease the burden of educational debt, but students must make sure they take the right steps to qualify. If you have any questions or would like more information about these programs or the rulemaking proceedings, please email our educational debt team at debtrelief@equaljusticeworks.org.
To learn more on educational debt relief news, check out our Student Loan Ranger blog at U.S. News Education and follow us on Twitter (@EJW_org #studentdebthelp) and Facebook. Sign up for our free webinars to learn about available educational debt relief, whether you are eligible and how to qualify.
Brooklyn Law School has named Nicholas W. Allard as their new dean effective July 2012. Mr. Allard was previously an attorney with Patton Boggs, and has also previously been a contributor and advisory board member of several legal publications and an adjunct professor at several other law schools.
Case Western Reserve University School of Law has developed a partnership with two new Chinese law schools to expand their China study program making them a leader in U.S.-China legal education. The expanded program allows faculty and student exchanges, visiting lecturers, and expanded law journals.
University of Pennsylvania Law School is celebrating the opening of Golkin Hall, a new modern and environmentally-friendly law building.
Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law has named Douglas Sylvester as dean effective immediately. Mr. Sylvester has been the interim dean for almost one year and formerly served as associate dean for Faculty Research and Development at ASU. The College of Law’s academic rankings have increased in the time Mr. Sylvester has been interim dean.
Do you have comments, webinar suggestions or blog topics to share?
Send an email to membership.
David Stern, Executive Director
Susan Gurley, Deputy Director
Sally Carlson, Director of Communications and Outreach
Nita Mazumder, Program Manager, Law School Relations
Isaac Bowers, Senior Program Manager, Educational Debt Relief and Outreach
Radhika Singh Miller, Program Manager, Educational Debt Relief and Outreach
Lauren Fuchs, Law School Program & Member Services Specialist
Equal Justice Works | 1730 M Street NW, Suite 1010 | Washington, DC 20036 | www.equaljusticeworks.org

PCDC – Dean’s Summer Fellowship Application Deadline Extended!

The deadline to apply for a Dean’s Summer Pro Bono and Public Interest Law Fellowship Award has been extended to Monday, April 16, 2012 (5:00 pm).

Local, regional and nationwide pro bono employers are still posting available positions. Interested students are encouraged to check the Symplicity PCDC Job Listings module daily for new opportunities.

For more information about the Dean’s Summer Fellowship program, please click here.

Job of the Day – Friday, March 16, 2012

Legal Internship Opportunities
Oklahoma Office of the Attorney General (Oklahoma City, OK)

The AG’s Office is soliciting resumes for paid Summer and Fall internships. The program is designed to give students firsthand experience in working on challenging projects and cases involving criminal and civil law. Applications must be submitted online. For further details, application instructions and deadline to apply, please log into Symplicity and search the PCDC Job Listings module for Job ID 7031.

*The application deadline is the end of this month, so interested students should not delay.

PCDC: Equal Justice Works Fellowships and Information

Dear Students,


Please know that the application for the 2012 Summer Corps program is now open!  Students have until 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, March 23 to complete the application to become a 2012 Summer Corps member and receive a $1,175 AmeriCorps education award. For more information on the program, please visit the Equal Justice Works website. 


Equal Justice Works is offering several free webinars this month for law school professionals and students of our member schools.  Click on the links below to learn about and sign up for webinars focused on: 

If you have any questions or would like to suggest webinar topics, please contact membership@equaljusticeworks.org.


Tuesday, March 20 at 2 p.m. EST
Student Strategies for Success: How to Find Your Dream Job


Thursday, March 22 at 2 p.m. EST
Law School Professional Series: How to Help Your Students Find Their Dream Job


Thursday, April 12 at Noon EST

Link In to Further Your Job Search
Please let your students know that they can send an email to Lauren Fuchs at lfuchs@equaljusticeworks.org for a chance to have their LinkedIn profile reviewed live during the webinar. One person will be selected at random and will be notified before the actual webinar if chosen.


Equal Justice Works Programs


For law school professionals:


Tuesday, March 27 at 2 p.m. EST
Law School Professionals Series: Public Defender Corps Program Overview 


Wednesday, April 4 at 2 p.m. EST 

Law School Professionals Series: Equal Justice Works Fellowship Program Overview


For students:


Friday, April 20 at 2 p.m. EST

Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellowship Program and Application Overview


Thursday, March 29 at 2 p.m. EST

Law Student Series: Equal Justice Works Fellowship Program Overview


Tuesday, April 17 at 2 p.m. EST

Law Student Series: Public Defender Corps Program Overview


Wednesday, May 16 at 2 p.m. EST

Law Student Series: How to Create a Successful Application for the Equal Justice Works Fellowships


Monday, June 18 at 2 p.m. EST

Law Student Series: How to Become a Member of the Public Defender Corps


Tuesday, June 26 at 2 p.m. EST

Law Student Series: How to Create a Successful Application for the Equal Justice Works Fellowships


Educational Debt Relief


Friday, March 16 at 3 p.m. EST

How to Pay Your Bills AND Your Student Loans: Utilizing Income-Based Repayment


Friday, March 23 at 3 p.m. EST
Get Your Educational Loans Forgiven: Public Service Loan Forgiveness


Thursday, April 12 at 2 p.m. EST

Plan Before You Borrow: What You Should Know About Educational Loans BEFORE You Go to Graduate School


Thursday, April 19 at 2 p.m. EST
Drowning in Debt?  Learn How Government and Nonprofit Workers Can Earn Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Equal Justice Works | 1730 M Street NW, Suite 1010 | Washington, DC 20036 | www.equaljusticeworks.org

Job of the Day – Friday, February 17, 2012

Summer Associate
Bass Law PC (Oklahoma City, OK)

Firm is seeking 1-2 Summer Associates in their Oklahoma City office – preference for candidates between their 1L and 2L year.

For position details, application instructions and deadline to apply, please log into Symplicity and search the PCDC Job Listings module for Job ID 6958. *The job will not be active long, so interested students should not delay.

Job of the Day – Thursday, February 16, 2012

Law Clerk / Licensed Legal Intern / Attorney
Wallace Law Firm PC (Oklahoma City, OK)

Employer is seeking a law student or recent graduate for immediate hire. Will assist with preparing Bankruptcy schedules, petitions, and filings; preparing pleadings for Bankruptcy Adversary proceedings; preparing for Social Security hearings; and preparing pleadings and files for trial or hearings in all areas.

For further details and application instructions, please log into Symplicity and search the PCDC Job Listings module for Job ID 6951.