Legal Scholarship for Equal Justice Seminar

“Legal Scholarship for Equal Justice — Applied Research” is a seminar offered jointly by the four Minnesota Law schools. The class meets at a different law school each year and is open to students from all four schools. This class is not an internship, but rather a three-credit research and writing course that may involve some field work as part of the research.

During the class, students choose research topics from the LSEJ research topic list and work singly or in small groups to produce research papers that advance equal justice. Classroom sessions focus on the development of project topics, research skills needed for equal justice issues, policy analysis and problem solving, working collaboratively, and additional topics of interest to the seminar participants. Class members are linked with the attorneys whose legal issues generated their projects. These attorneys serve as “field contacts” to help supervise the project.

In addition, students spend approximately twenty hours on field work (either with their field contacts or other local public interest practitioners) to gain an understanding of public interest practice in general, the legal issues involved in their individual projects, and the real world implications of their topics.

Students’ completed works are posted on this web site and are made available to all students and faculty at the four Minnesota law schools. The students also present their work at a CLE event held at the end of the semester that is open to the general public.

In the spring of 2015, Professor Diane Dube is teaching the class at William Mitchell College of Law.

For more information about this class, contact Janine Laird, Executive Director, Minnesota Justice Foundation, at janine@mnjustice.org or 612-625-0777.