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EJW awards 41 MLaw students
Summer Corps funds

Students to earn education vouchers after summer service

May 24, 2011
Contact: John Masson, 734.647.7352, jpmasson@umich.edu

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Equal Justice Works (EJW), a nonprofit group dedicated to assuring disadvantaged people access to quality legal representation, this month named 41 Michigan Law students members of its Summer Corps—more recipients than any other school.

The awards mean each student will receive a voucher worth $1,132 at the completion of 300 hours of summer service at a qualified nonprofit public interest organization. The voucher can be used to pay current expenses or qualified student loans.

The goal of the AmeriCorps-funded program, according to EJW, is expanding the reach of the organizations that help deliver legal help to low-income or otherwise disadvantaged areas around the country. Students also earn valuable experience working with clients, researching legal issues, and writing about their cases. They deal with issues including civil rights, housing, domestic violence, economic development, and workers' rights, among others.

Michigan Law students will travel to New York, Washington, D.C., Boston, New Orleans, Berkeley, and other cities, working with public defender offices, community law centers, and immigration law centers, to name a few.

Michigan had nearly twice as many recipients as its nearest competitor. Just under 2,000 students from 163 participating law schools applied for the program.

More information about Equal Justice Works is available on their website. Or check out EJW's list of recipients broken down by school and state (PDF).

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