Apply to Host an MJF Summer Clerkship
Since 1983 MJF has been raising funds and placing law students in full-time, paid, summer clerkships with public interest and poverty law agencies throughout the state.
Agencies must commit to:
- Interviewing at least one student from each of the three law schools in Minnesota, at least one of whom is a first year law student;
- Providing a law-related clerkship opportunity with ongoing, regular direction and feedback from the clerk’s supervising attorney(s); and
- Treating the student as an employee of your agency; you will be responsible for withholding appropriate taxes and for paying the employer’s portion of the student’s social security taxes.
Please return your completed application along with an electronic copy of the description of your agency and the clerk’s job description in 150 words or less. If you have previously submitted these descriptions and nothing has changed you may skip this requirement.
If your agency received an MJF clerk in 2016, MJF must have your evaluation of the 2016 clerk before you will be eligible for a 2017 clerk. This evaluation is also available at bottom of this page.
In selecting clerkship agencies, MJF considers multiple factors including: our budget, client populations served, legal issues addressed, activities assigned to summer clerks, your need for MJF clerks, past experiences of MJF summer clerks, and the interest of MJF’s members in serving particular agencies. MJF will select a broad range of programs in locations throughout the Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota.
MJF asks agencies to make a financial contribution to the clerkship program in order to help fund the stipends, and the coordination of the application and interviewing process. An agency’s ability to contribute financially has no bearing on its selection as a host for a summer clerk. MJF appreciates your ongoing participation in both our volunteer and summer clerkship programs.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Janine Laird at (612) 625-0777 or via email.
Timeline for the MJF Summer Clerkship Program:
- August: MJF sends applications to public interest agencies across Minnesota, and then solicits input from student members and past clerks before deciding which agencies will be funded.
- November – December: Once the agencies are selected, MJF advertises the program at each of the three Minnesota law schools: Mitchell Hamline School of Law, University of Minnesota Law School, and University of St. Thomas School of Law. Any student – not yet in their final year of law school – may apply via Symplicity. Applications are forwarded to agencies.
- January: Agencies decide who they would like to interview and MJF and the law school career services offices coordinate the interview dates/times.
- February: After the interviews, the agencies rank their candidates and MJF notifies successful candidates.
- May: After all the clerkships have been accepted, MJF conducts an orientation session to introduce MJF clerks to the program and answer any questions they may have. MJF clerks sign a List of Responsibilities acknowledging that they will adhere to program requirements.
- May: Agencies sign an Agency Agreement acknowledging that each will adhere to program requirements. MJF sends the stipend checks to each agency so that the agencies can put the clerks on the agency payroll.
- June: Each MJF clerk works 400 hours over the course of the summer. MJF conducts site visits at selected agencies to ensure that the program is running smoothly and to get ideas for improvement.
- August – September: Each MJF clerk is responsible for submitting a final evaluation of their clerkship and of MJF’s Summer Clerkship Program. Each agency is responsible for conducting a final evaluation of the clerk and of MJF’s program.