Our Programs

MJF Programs 


Three Program Tracks

MJF accomplishes its goal to help meet the legal needs of low-income and disadvantaged Minnesotans through three primary tracks: the Law School Public Service Program, the Summer Clerkship Program, and the Legal Scholarship for Equal Justice Program.

The Law School Public Service Program

The Law School Public Service Program (LSPSP) is a collaborative effort of MJF, the Minnesota law schools, the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA), and legal service providers throughout Minnesota, to promote an ethic of public service in Minnesota law students and to increase the availability of legal services to Minnesota’s low-income and disadvantaged populations.

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Summer Clerkship Program 

MJF’s Summer Clerkship Program (SCP) makes it possible for law students  to work with legal aid offices and other public interest organizations serving low-income, disadvantaged and under-represented Minnesotans each summer.  Participating law students help lawyers serve clients who, because of program overload, otherwise could not be served. The law students learn about the legal needs of eligible clients, are given a chance to develop their legal skills, and gain the experience they will need to be attorneys who are dedicated to performing pro bono legal work after graduation.

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Legal Scholarship for Equal Justice 

In addition to engaging in practical application of new legal skills through work with LSPSP and the Summer Clerkship Program, students may also develop their academic skills through enrolling in the Legal Scholarship for Equal Justice (LSEJ) program, a course that discerns systemic problem areas facing legal services clients.

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