ALA-Massachusetts is one of the few opportunities nationwide that offers an AmeriCorps experience in a legal setting. While members are placed at different organizations across the state, they connect throughout the year to attend trainings and events as a group. ALA-Massachusetts members leave the service year with a core set of legal skills and a deep understanding of how legal advocacy can help low-income families in crisis.
Since 2005, more than 380 ALA-Massachusetts advocates have served more than 46,000 low-income Massachusetts residents in need. Here’s what alumni say about their experience with ALA-Massachusetts:
"AmeriCorps gave me the path to the career I wanted."
“A life-changing experience that I will always carry with me.”
“I leave the program with the commitment and burden of continuing the fight against poverty through legal advocacy.”
"I have contributed to an organization that has an important impact on its community, learned so much about the legal profession, and found I have skills I would not have been able to identify last May."
“It’s been such a reward to have clients appreciate the work that I’ve done and to know that I’ve made a meaningful impact in their lives.”
"My peers understand the sacrifices of a service year and the challenges of being thrown head first into a new area of law. It was nice to both commiserate the losses and celebrate our wins together. It was nice to remember that there are many other people in the same boat as me."