Entry Into Practice
Georgetown Law’s Entry into Practice (EIP) Program is designed to support 2021 J.D. graduates who have not yet secured post-graduate employment expand their skills and experiences and make new professional connections while volunteering with a non-profit or government agency. Participants in EIP work closely with our EIP advisors, Robyn Rucker in OCS (and EIP program administrator) and OPICS advisor Morgan Lynn-Alesker, to continue their search for permanent positions. EIP participants may apply for awards (up to $4,500 per quarter) while they are actively volunteering from September 2021 through August 2022. Each EIP participant may be awarded a maximum of one year, or total of four quarters, of funding totaling up to $18,000. All funding for the 2021 EIP Program ends in August 2022, so funding for participants entering the Program after September 2021 will be prorated accordingly. Awards are granted quarterly, with continued eligibility contingent upon the participant’s active volunteering and working with the EIP advisors. EIP participants cannot be funded for positions at the Law Center.
For which types of organizations can I volunteer?
- Nonprofit Organizations
- Government Agencies
- It is also possible for you to use the EIP stipend to set up a 501(c)3 organization or solo practice. If you are interested in this possibility, you will need to work out the details with your EIP advisor beforehand.
- Note: Graduates engaged in partisan political campaign activity (e.g., tasks in any way related to a political campaign or political action committee) are not eligible for Entry Into Practice stipends for that activity. If the Graduate will be conducting lobbying activities, the Graduate must obtain pre-approval from Georgetown Law Center and provide supporting documentation immediately so that the University has all required information for its reporting requirements outlined here: https://federalrelations.georgetown.edu/news/lobbying.
When can I start volunteering through EIP?
- In order to be eligible to receive up to a year of funding, participants must enter the EIP Program and begin their volunteer positions in September 2021. Those participants who enter EIP after September will not be eligible for a full year of funding, but will still be eligible to receive funding through August 2022. Individuals beginning their EIP-eligible volunteering before September 2021 may be eligible for an early disbursement of funds. Recipients of early EIP disbursements will still only be eligible for a maximum of four quarters of EIP payments. If interested, please contact Robyn Rucker (OCS) or Morgan Lynn-Alesker (OPICS).
How do I approach potential EIP host organizations about volunteering for them?
- Call or send an email to someone at the organization stating that you have the opportunity through Georgetown Law’s Entry Into Practice Program to do substantive work for them on a volunteer basis at no cost to their organization. Request a time to get together to discuss the opportunity. Reach out to your EIP advisor to discuss your strategy, if you would like.
What if the organization requires a specified time commitment?
- While short-term commitments (for example, three months to six months) are not usually problematic, we generally do not recommend that you commit to an EIP host organization for longer than that. Your main goal should be to find long-term paid employment, and part of the requirement for you to remain in the EIP Program is that you continue seeking such employment. Exceptions can be made, however, if the host organization is paying you in addition to EIP funds or the position will significantly advance your overall job search and career goals. You should discuss such a longer time commitment with your EIP advisor before committing.
What if I want to switch host organizations?
- You can switch host organizations during the EIP Program depending on your individual circumstances. For example, if you are not getting substantive experience, then you would likely be better off going to another organization where you will get a richer experience.
Can I take vacations and remain in EIP?
- You can take typical holiday vacations and remain in the EIP Program. For example, you can take time off during Thanksgiving and Christmas –but just be sure to work out the details with your host organization and EIP advisor.
When will I receive the stipend?
- You will be paid the stipend on a quarterly basis. Quarters start in September, December, March and June. You should receive your payment within 30 days after the start of each quarter, provided you have requested a renewal and met with your EIP advisor as required. The initial stipend payment after enrolling may take additional time, as paperwork must be completed with Georgetown Main Campus and the Law Center. If you have arranged an EIP volunteer opportunity and would like to get started on the paperwork early, before beginning your volunteer position, please contact Robyn Rucker.
Can I have an additional source of income and remain in the EIP Program?
- Yes, you can make up to $8,000 per quarter from other sources in addition to your EIP stipend. This additional funding can come from your host organization or from another source, but not from the Law Center. For example, EIP participants cannot have a Research Assistant position as well as participating in the EIP program. Once an individual has secured and started a post-graduate position, they are no longer eligible for the EIP program.
Will I receive health insurance and other benefits?
- You will not be able to receive health insurance and other benefits through the EIP Program. However, it is possible for you to obtain health insurance through Georgetown Law. Please contact the Center for Wellness at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What impact does EIP have on my loan repayment?
- EIP does not qualify for Georgetown’s LRAP. Please contact the Financial Aid Office directly at (202) 662-9210 to get more information.
Who do I contact to obtain required tax documents?
- You may contact the Georgetown University Tax Office directly at email@example.com.
What if I receive a job offer for long-term paid employment while I am participating in the EIP Program?
- If you receive such an offer, you would need to work out the departure details with your current host organization. It would be professional and help you to maintain the valuable contacts you have made with that organization if you were to give them at least two weeks’ notice and made sure you completed any work projects to the extent possible.
Do I need to pay back the EIP funding if I accept a long-term offer during a quarter?
- No, if you are hired during a quarter you do not need to pay back the stipend already paid for that quarter. You would just not re-enroll in the EIP Program for the next quarter.