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For Students

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Through MJF you can choose to volunteer your time on a project in an area of law which most closely matches your interests and strengths. In doing so, you make an enormous difference for low-income Minnesotans who might otherwise go underrepresented.

For Attorneys 

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Attorneys working in pro bono, public interest, or with low-income clients may request the assistance of law students through MJF.  Law students may help with client intake and interviewing, community legal education, courtroom representation, fact investigation, legal research and writing, government paperwork, or special projects. Law students can work in your office on a weekly basis throughout the semester or can help you with a specific case or project.

Our Programs

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MJF accomplishes its goal to help meet the legal needs of low-income Minnesotans through three primary tracks, the Law School Public Service Program (LSPSP); the Summer Clerkship Program (SCP); and the Legal Scholarship for Equal Justice (LSEJ), a curriculum-based service program.

About Us 

In 1982, law students concerned about serving Minnesota’s low-income and disadvantaged persons founded MJF. These visionary students believed that lawyers and law students have a special professional obligation to provide quality legal services to those who cannot afford legal representation. MJF developed a broad vision in the mid-1980s as civil legal service providers were suffering massive cutbacks in federal funding; in response to this crisis, MJF created volunteer and Summer Clerkship programs, establishing the organization’s commitment to provide law student assistance to public interest and pro bono attorneys working in the community.  Over the years, MJF’s members have highlighted the need for legal services for low-income individuals and for creating pro bono opportunities for law students and lawyers.

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Law School Public Service

Since the summer of 1983, MJF has funded 548 Summer Clerks and the MJF Student Chapters have funded 146 summer clerks.

In the 2011-2012 school year, Law School Public Service Program (LSPSP) students served over 16,000 clients, providing over 58,000 hours of volunteer service – work equivalent to 28 full-time law clerks.

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Student Organization Events 

Hamline University School of Law Student Chapter

MJF supports student chapters at each of Minnesota’s four law schools. See this area for information specific to the HUSL Student Chapter.

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University of Minnesota Law School Student Chapter

MJF supports student chapters at each of Minnesota’s four law schools. See this area for information specific to the U of M Student Chapter.

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University of St. Thomas School of Law Student Chapter

MJF supports student chapters at each of Minnesota’s four law schools. See this area for information specific to the UST Student Chapter.

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William Mitchell College of Law Student Chapter

MJF supports student chapters at each of Minnesota’s four law schools. See this area for information specific to the WMCL Student Chapter.

March 30-April 3: Silent Auction and Talent Show
Starts: 9:00 am
Ends: April 3, 2015 - 9:00 pm
Description: The MJF student group at William Mitchell is hosting the annual Public Interest Law Fellowship Silent Auction and Talent Show the week of March 30, 2015.

The Silent Auction begins at 9 am Monday morning, March 30, and runs through 9 pm Friday night, April 3.

The Talent Show begins at 7 pm April 3 (doors open at 6:30) and ends after 9 pm. Suggested donation for admission is $10, in advance or at the door.

All​ proceeds go to the summer Public Interest Law Fellowships. The more we make, the more fellowships we can offer.

Come one and all, you could win (for example) a free dinner with a prof, lunch with a judge, Twins tickets, a wildlife print, a basket of chocolate, a B&B overnight, or a even a glider ride!

The event takes place in the Auditorium at William Mitchell College of Law, 875 Summit Av., St. Paul.

Questions? Email PILF@wmitchell.edu.

What People are Saying 

Working with people who are really dedicated to their clients and public service was extremely rewarding.

Summer Clerk
Student, U of M Law School.