Illinois JusticeCorps is a unique opportunity to gain exposure to the court system, build professional skills, and give back to your community. We recruit for several types of AmeriCorps members - some make a full-time one-year commitment, while others serve 8-10 hours per week. See the descriptions below to find the right opportunity for you.
Illinois JusticeCorps Fellows
Are you interested in serving as an Illinois JusticeCorps Fellow for One Year?
Illinois JusticeCorps Fellows are at the heart of what makes Illinois JusticeCorps a success. The program provides a unique and fruitful service experience for individuals of all ages, from recent college graduates considering Law School, to individuals looking to give back to their community and explore a new career. In each of our service locations, the Illinois JusticeCorps Fellow serves as the program's anchor member and team leader. Find out more about each of our service locations here.
Here are some of the duties of the Illinois JusticeCorps Fellow:
Provide legal information and connecting court patrons to available legal aid resources.
Accompany people without lawyers around the courthouse to help them complete the necessary steps to move forward with their legal matters.
Design and implement workshops, and information sessions, on going to court on your own and other topics for the general public.
Encourage the culture of AmeriCorps and community volunteerism through planning and participating in service projects and other AmeriCorps events.
Work closely with site supervisors to support Minimum-time members.
Serve as a role model and providing on-the-spot assistance to Minimum-time members.
Benefits of being an Illinois JusticeCorps Fellow
In most cases, the Illinois JusticeCorps Fellow makes a one-year full-time commitment (1700 hours). Full-time fellows receive an $18,000/year living allowance and receive a $5,920 Segal Education Award from AmeriCorps after successfully completing their term of service. They are also eligible for health insurance and child care assistance. (Living allowance and Education award are for 2018-2019 Program year - subject to change). At a few of our service locations; Markham, Kankakee and Galesburg, the Fellow serves at the courthouse on a Half-time basis. (900-hours/year, $9,000 Living Allowance and $2,960 Education Award).
Illinois JusticeCorps Fellows typically start their service year in Mid-August with a two-day orientation in Chicago and serve during courthouse hours (8am-5pm) Monday-Friday. Some trainings and events take place on nights and weekends.
How to Apply:
The program typically recruits all Illinois JusticeCorps Fellows (both Full and Half-time) during the spring and summer months for a term of service that begins in August. Fellows are expected to commit to a full 12 month term of service.
To apply for a position with our program, interested candidates must register and submit an application at https://my.americorps.gov (search for Illinois JusticeCorps).
Illinois JusticeCorps Members and Volunteers
Are you a student looking for professional experience, exposure to the legal system and an opportunity to give back to your community?
Illinois JusticeCorps members are often student-volunteers and interns who work alongside the Illinois JusticeCorps Fellows - providing assistance to people without lawyers and connecting with available resources. They make a 300-hour commitment over the course of an academic semester or school year, serving during courthouses for 8-12 hours per week.
Because many of our members are in school, we aim to accommodate members’ volunteer schedules and academic calendars. We often have Minimum-time members who serve in our program as part of their school’s internship or experiential learning requirements.
How to Apply:
We actively recruit Minimum-time members throughout the year on a rolling basis. We encourage you to reach out to staff to find out if we have any available openings.
Interested applicants can request an application by sending a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate the courthouse location where you would like to serve in the subject line.
AmeriCorps Eligibility Requirements
In order to participate in Illinois JusticeCorps and receive the benefits of being an AmeriCorps member, prospective members must meet the following eligibility requirements:
Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
Applicants must be a United States Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident.
Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED.
Applicants must agree to and complete a National Service Criminal History Check, which includes a search of the National Sex Offender Registry and State and FBI fingerprint based criminal background checks.
Documentation of eligibility requirements will be requested during the application and interview process.
If you are unable to meet all of the eligibility requirements of applying for an AmeriCorps position, please contact us at email@example.com to learn about traditional volunteer opportunities.