The Law School Public Service Program (LSPSP)
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 populations.
Pro Bono Service
All Minnesota law schools encourage their students to perform at least fifty hours of pro bono legal work during law school. To facilitate this pro bono work, MJF matches interested law students with volunteer opportunities in the metro area and in Greater Minnesota. Volunteer opportunities are available with varying time commitments, in subject areas from pensions to housing, and in locations all across the state of Minnesota.
What does the Program mean to students?
Volunteering through MJF introduces students to the real practice of law and gives them valuable experience and knowledge that helps them to become better lawyers. As students search for employment during law school, actual legal experience sets them apart from other applicants.
- A Network of Contacts
As with most professions, success in the legal field depends on who one knows. Volunteering introduces students to practitioners in their fields of interest who can provide references, advice, and career guidance.
- Personal Fulfillment
Many low-income Minnesotans face legal problems without access to legal solutions. Students’ volunteer efforts may prevent a client from being wrongfully evicted, or help an asylum applicant secure protection against return to torture. Many attorneys cite pro bono cases as constituting their most fulfilling work.
Law students may participate in the LSPSP under two categories: general volunteering positions and the program called Street Law. As always, please explore volunteer opportunities to see what is currently available.