For more than 50 years LAF has provided people living in poverty in metropolitan Chicago with comprehensive, free legal services to resolve non-criminal issues.
Each year LAF’s more than 80 full-time attorneys and staff help resolve civil legal problems, including domestic violence, consumer fraud, unfair evictions and improper benefit denials and terminations. Our work impacts more than
30,000 people each year.
Position: LAF was selected in a competitive application process to be a host site for an Equal Justice Works-AmeriCorps Fellow in the Veterans Legal Corps program. The AmeriCorps JD students will work with the Veterans Legal Corps attorney and other staff to provide legal assistance to veterans in the areas of veterans’ benefits, housing, consumer, and family law. Specifically, the AmeriCorps JD will conduct legal research, draft legal memoranda and documents, engage in case investigation, conduct client interviews, and develop case strategy.
Students must complete 300 hours of service and must complete these hours by September 1, 2018 unless prior approval is given by Equal Justice Works. Requirements to serve include completion of National Sex Offender Public Registry check, state criminal background check(s), FBI Fingerprint criminal background check, and submission of proof of U.S. citizenship.
Program Benefits: The Veterans Legal Corps AmeriCorps JD program is an AmeriCorps-funded program that provides law students with the opportunity to earn an AmeriCorps education award of $1,230 that can pay educational expenses or student loans. Students may seek up to $4,422 in additional compensation for their service, for up to $5,652 in compensation. The $4,422 in additional compensation may be funded by a Federal Work Study Award, the student’s law school, local bar foundation, and/or other public interest fellowship award. In addition, students are welcome to hold outside employment to supplement their income.
TO APPLY: Please send a resume and cover letter by April 1, 2018 to:
NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.
LAF values diversity, is an Equal Opportunity Employer, does not discriminate on the basis of disability and encourages candidates with experience working with our client population to apply.
About the organization
LAF (formerly the Legal Assistance Foundation) provides free civil legal services to individuals and families in Chicago and suburban Cook County who are unable to afford an attorney. Households with limited assets and income at or below 150% of the federal poverty line may qualify for free legal help.
We have higher income limits for homeowners at risk of foreclosure, seniors, veterans, people living with HIV-AIDS, and domestic violence survivors seeking protection from an abuser.