AmeriCorps Legal Advocates of Massachusetts is now accepting applications for members and partners for the 2017-2018 service year! Individuals interested in serving should click on our Application page for information and instructions about how to apply. Organizations interested in hosting our AmeriCorps members should click on our Partner page for more information. The program is dependent on a yearly funding award in June from the Corporation for National and Community Service. Funding will be finalized in June, 2017.
AmeriCorps Legal Advocates of Massachusetts places college and law school graduates in legal services organizations throughout Massachusetts who provide legal assistance for low-income people in civil matters. Selected candidates receive professional supervision and rigorous training, get a hands-on experience practicing poverty law, and are exposed to a wide range of legal activities and community outreach. Organizations who host our AmeriCorps members are able to leverage their capacity to provide critical legal services to clients.
ALA-Massachusetts advocates serve full-time for a total of 1,700 hours over 46 weeks, beginning each year in mid-September through the end of July. For the 2017-2018 service year, members will receive:
Click on our Application page for information about how to apply.
ALA-Massachusetts is an equal opportunity project, available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or religion. We are committed to the inclusion of people with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations for interviews and service placement upon request.
ALA-Massachusetts is a project of South Coastal Counties Legal Services, Inc. (SCCLS), a private non-profit law firm providing legal assistance eligible low-income clients. Since 2005, ALA-Massachusetts has been funded through the Corporation for National and Community Service and also receives support from the Massachusetts Bar Foundation. ALA-Massachusetts is administered through our state service commission, the Massachusetts Service Alliance, and housed at the Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts, a wholly owned subsidiary of SCCLS.
In 2016-2017, ALA-Massachusetts received $439,359 in funding from CNCS, which represents 38% of our total program budget. The CNCS investment is be matched by $288,258 in public funding and $435,031 in private funding.
We are celebrating 10 years of service. Check out our report on the accomplishments of our 250 AmeriCorps advocates who have served since 2005.