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Mission & Core Values

Our Mission

MJF strives for justice by creating opportunities for law students to perform public interest and pro bono legal services.

Our Core Values

Social Justice
We recognize that many people in our society are unable to protect their rights and to obtain justice due to their inability to afford legal services.

Professional Responsibility
We believe that it is a privilege to be trained in the law, and that it is the duty of law students and lawyers to exercise the privilege in service to the community.

We seek to instill in law students, and in all lawyers, an ethic of providing high quality public interest and pro bono legal services.

We uphold high ethical standards and vigilantly protect MJF’s role as an honest broker of public interest and pro bono opportunities among law students, law schools, public interest agencies, and law firms.

MJF was founded by law students and derives its energy and direction from students. We value MJF’s autonomy from any particular law school, its administration, and its faculty and from any particular public interest agency.

Diversity is central to MJF’s strength. A diverse board of directors brings a broad range of personal, professional, and cultural perspectives to bear on decisions. A diverse staff reflects the diversity among the law students and service providers whom MJF serves. Diversity among volunteers ensures that service opportunities are available to all interested students, chosen only by ability, interest, and performance.