Attorneys working in pro bono, public interest, or with low-income or disadvantaged clients may request the assistance of law students through MJF.
Find a Volunteer
MJF works with public interest and pro bono attorneys to find law student volunteers in positions where they help with client intake and interviewing, community legal education, courtroom representation, fact investigation, legal research and writing, government paperwork, and/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 as needed.
If you plan to use law student volunteers in your office, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, most law students can volunteer only 4-5 hours per week and can make commitments for only a semester at a time. Second, MJF does most of its recruiting at the beginning of each semester, so please submit your request form by early August for Fall semester, by late November for Spring semester, and by early April for Summer semester. Third, it is essential that you supervise and mentor your volunteers. Not only will they get more out of the experience, you will receive a better work product.
To request law student volunteers, the first step is to fill out this online form or download the PDF. Please return the completed form via the online submission, or you can send the filled out PDF to MJF by fax (612-626-0056), by email or postal service to 229 19th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455. Following receipt of your request, an MJF staff person will contact you. Please contact MJF’s program director, Anna Beadle, with questions or for more information.
Thank you! We look forward to working with you.