EJF Guaranteed Summer Funding
Equal Justice Foundation (EJF) summer funding is available to J.D. students engaging in unpaid law-related work for a public interest organization or governmental entity (including judicial internships). For Summer 2015, the EJF Fellowship base amounts will be $3,250 for 2Ls/3Es and $3,000 for 2Es/1Ls/1Es, with moneys earned from the EJF auction, phone drive, and related fundraising added to the base amounts.
EJF fellowships are available for minimum six week, full-time internships. (Many employers may require a longer commitment, but EJF covers only six weeks.) Partial EJF funding is not available. Full-time means as observed by the internship provider. EJF recipients do not need to make up hours for holidays observed by the internship provider, such as July 4th. The program will run from June 1, 2015 through the end of the summer payroll.
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Responsibilities of Applicants
Responsibilities of Recipients
External Funding and Other Employment
Information for International Students
Public Interest Law Firms
Applicants must be J.D. students with a current status of 1L, 1E, 2E, 2L, or 3E, or joint or concurrent degree candidates graduating no sooner than December 2015. Projects must involve law-related work for a public interest organization or governmental entity. Outside sources of funding for EJF-funded projects or payment for other work are permitted to the extent such funding complies with the Policy on Outside Funding and Other Employment (see below). Students may receive EJF for multiple summers (e.g., 1L and 2L summers), as long as they fit the eligibility qualifications each summer.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF EJF APPLICANTS
All EJF Fellowship Applicants:
- Must complete an online Initial Application by Monday, January 26th at 5:00 pm.
- Must attend an EJF Information Session (week of Feb 1) or watch the EJF Session Webcast (link coming soon). Students are responsible for knowing the information provided on this website and at the Information Session, and adhering to the deadlines and rules.
- Must complete two volunteer fundraising hours.
- Must deliver a hard copy of a FINAL APPLICATION packet in person to OPICS (McDonough 212) by Wednesday, April 8th at 5:00 pm. (Note: a confirmed offer from an eligible organization is required to submit the final application; if you have not solidified an internship by April 8th, you must submit a request for an extension by email to email@example.com. Extension requests are also due by April 8th at 5:00 pm.) The final application packet must include all of the following (forms will be updated soon):
- Final Application
- Program Participation Agreement (signed by employer)
- Fellowship Agreement (signed by student)
- Assumption of Risk Form
- "Working with Minors" Policy Certification
- Must complete all payroll paperwork at a required payroll session. Dates of payroll sessions will be announced in Spring 2015.
- Must, if traveling abroad, complete and submit all necessary international travel paperwork. See Internships Abroad, below, for more information.
If any of the steps listed above are not completed by the specified deadlines, funding may be unavailable and/or delayed and/or students may not be able to receive direct deposit.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF EJF RECIPIENTS
All EJF Fellowship recipients:
- Must complete an EJF-specific summer evaluation on Symplicity before classes begin in the fall for students in subsequent years to learn about public sector organizations.
- Must agree to have his/her name and employer name provided to other students via the OPICS website.
- Must turn in a record of work experience, signed by his/her supervisor, and any other paperwork required by OPICS, before classes begin.
Students may elect to participate in a summer externship and receive course credit instead of receiving EJF funding. Students cannot receive both externship credit and EJF funding during the summer (even for different internships). If a student elects to receive at least 3 credits during the summer (from a 2-credit externship and a second course, or from a 3-credit externship), s/he may be eligible to receive loans for tuition and/or living expenses. Tuition for summer externships will be waived for full-time students.
POLICY ON OUTSIDE FUNDING AND OTHER EMPLOYMENT
EJF funding cannot be combined with other Georgetown-related summer funding, including the Equal Justice America Fellowships, and EJF funding cannot be combined with any other salary or source of funding from the University such as an on-campus job.
Applicants may receive additional funding (other than from the sources noted above) for their EJF-funded internship and/or for other summer employment/internships, but such funding may not exceed $5000 for 2Ls/3Es or $4,000 for 2Es/1Ls/1Es.
All students traveling on Law Center-sponsored travel (including EJF and/or the International Internship Program) must complete an online travel registration.
In addition, all students contemplating Law Center-facilitated travel to a country under a U.S. State Department Travel Warning must apply in advance for approval from the Office of Transnational Programs. Please visit the Office of Transnational Program's website for details. Note that the approval process for destinations under a travel warning may take a substantial amount of time, so you should contact OTP as soon as possible.Students must also comply with the University's Infectious Disease Travel Policy. Note that the approval process may take a substantial amount of time, so you should contact OTP as soon as possible.
Students must complete the online travel registration prior to submitting their final EJF application to OPICS (final EJF application is due by Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at 5:00 pm).
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS currently in the US Holding a Non-Immigrant Visa Status (such as F1 Student or J1 Student Status), please note the following: 1) if you will be traveling outside of and then reentering the US, there may be reentry concerns or other matters impacting your situation of which you are not aware; and 2) if you will be employed, providing a service, or volunteering in the United States, you may need work authorization from the US government, even if YOU are not paid. Also, Optional Practical Training work authorization from the US government is required for you to receive any compensation for off-campus employment, including EJF funding, except when the worksite is outside the US. The processing for work authorization from the government can take three months, so plan to begin the process in February. Even if the worksite is outside the US and you do not need work authorization, you still will need a social security number to receive EJF funds.
For questions regarding visas, please contact Colleen Burke or Assistant Dean Caryn Voland in the office of Graduate Programs at 202-662-9036 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
"PUBLIC INTEREST" LAW FIRMS
Public interest law firms are organized as for-profit entities, but advancing the public interest is one of their primary purposes – i.e., it's a core mission rather than a secondary concern. The clients and matters these firms work on typically more closely resemble those handled by a not-for-profit organization or government agency than a private firm.
We approve 'public interest law firms' for EJF funding only upon receipt of a letter on the firm's letterhead confirming the following:
- The law firm is a predominantly public interest firm (at least 51% of time is spent on public interest matters);
- The student will be working solely on public interest matters;
- The student's time will not be billed;
- The firm will not submit the student's time in a later application for attorneys' fees; and
- The firm does not pay any of its similarly-situated student interns during the summer.
- The firm's unpaid internship program and employment of interns will abide by all applicable laws and regulations, including wage and hour laws.
The firm must agree to ALL of these points in writing.
Questions, comments and concerns about the EJF summer funding process may be addressed to: OPICS at email@example.com or 202-662-9655.