The goal of JusticeCrops, an AmeriCorps Program, is to provide equal access to justice for those who cannot afford an attorney. Through the Los Angeles Superior Court, students are trained and supervised by attorneys. After completing 300 hours (60 hours are dedicated to training/preparation) students are eligible for an education award or “service scholarship,” which ranges from $1,300-$1,700. Academic credit is also available for UCLA students through the 195CE internship courses.
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PARTNERSHIP WITH THE LOS ANGELES SUPERIOR COURTS
Since 2004, UCLA’s Center for Community Engagement has partnered with the superior courts to provide students with the opportunity to be actively involved in the judicial process. UCLA students provide assistance to self-represented litigants in court-based, self-help programs throughout Los Angeles County. There are several pre-selected sites specializing in family law, housing, landlord/tenant disputes, or small claims. By receiving hands-on experience with the public and court attorneys, students get the professional training that prepares them for a future in public service.
AMERICORPS DAYS OF SERVICE
As part of Corps Members service in the community, students also participate in at least one of two annual AmeriCorps Days of Service, which are coordinated to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Cesar Chavez Day. Projects in the past have included beautification of shared city spaces, marches, and rehabilitation of schools or parks through painting murals and planting gardens.
SHADOW A JUDGE DAY
Each year, the superior court gives students the opportunity to shadow judges for a day. Students are able to get a close-up look at the court procedures in criminal, juvenile, drug cases at a courthouse where they do not serve.
TRAINING AND NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES
Throughout the academic year, students are provided opportunities for extensive training in family, housing and small claims. In addition to this, students are able to get the unique opportunity to attend seminars and training on a range of topics which can include, but are not limited to the following:
- Civil Rights
- Human Trafficking
- Domestic Abuse