Apply to Host an MJF Summer Fellowship
Since 1983, MJF has fundraised to place law students in full-time, paid, summer fellowships 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 fellowship opportunity with ongoing, regular direction and feedback from the fellow’s supervising attorney(s); and
- Treating the student as an employee of your agency; your agency will be responsible for withholding appropriate taxes and for paying the employer’s portion of the student’s social security taxes.
If your agency received an MJF fellow in 2021, MJF must have your evaluation of the 2021 fellow before you will be eligible for a 2022 fellow.
In selecting host agencies, MJF considers multiple factors including our budget, legal issues addressed, activities assigned to summer fellows, your need for MJF fellows, past experiences of MJF summer fellows, and law student interest in serving particular agencies. MJF will select a range of programs in the Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota.
MJF asks agencies to make a financial contribution to the fellowship 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 fellow.
Timeline for the MJF Summer Fellowship Program:
- September – October: MJF sends applications to public interest agencies across Minnesota, and then solicits input from student members and past fellows before deciding which agencies will be funded. The application will also be available here.
- 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 fellowships have been accepted, MJF conducts an orientation session to introduce MJF fellows to the program and answer any questions they may have. MJF fellows 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 fellows on the agency payroll.
- June-August: Each MJF fellow works the equivalent of 10 full-time weeks over the course of the summer. Each MJF fellow is responsible for submitting a final evaluation of their fellowship and of MJF’s Summer Fellowship Program. Each agency is responsible for conducting a final evaluation of the fellow and of MJF’s program.
To apply to host an MJF 2022 Summer Fellow, please fill out this form.