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A collaboration between People’s Parity Project (PPP), the Systemic Justice Project (SJP), and the Justice Catalyst (JC) announces a COVID-19 Rapid Response/Systems Summer Institute, which will engage law students in full-time (or part-time) summer legal fellowships, working with legal and law-related organizations on the front lines of responding to the COVID-19 crisis. While working on urgent projects, fellows will also participate in additional educational and community-building programming.

Fellows will work individually or on teams on a variety of projects aimed at ensuring the most vulnerable members of our society obtain the support they need and meet the legal challenges they face in this public health and economic crisis and supporting organizing and advocacy efforts for systemic change, including:

  • Direct client work (e.g., law-related work, such as staffing a helpline or assisting individuals with unemployment insurance forms)
  • Legal research/writing (e.g. memos, reports, know your rights materials)
  • Advocacy efforts

The Institute will consist of law student summer fellows, working on projects proposed by partner organizations and attorneys, under the supervision and project management of the Summer Institute’s Organizing Committee, with additional supervision and mentorship from partner organizations and from volunteer attorneys.




Please email systemssummerinstitute@gmail.com with any questions.

Finally, if you are able to support the work of the Summer Institute, please consider a donation through People’s Parity Project, and allow us to provide more law students the opportunity to work with our partner organizations to support the most vulnerable groups in our society at this vital time. All funds will be used to support fellow stipends to carry out this work.