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2022 Summer Fellow application process and contract

2022 MJF Summer Fellowship Program

Application Process and Contract

OVERVIEW

Each year MJF raises funds and solicits agencies to support student summer fellowships.

COMMITMENT

Each fellow performs 400 hours or 10 weeks of full time legal service with the agency between the end of the spring semester 2022 and the first day of fall semester 2022 on a schedule that will be determined between the fellow and agency.  (See Contract and Responsibilities section below.)

Either the fellow or the agency may end the fellowship at any time, with or without cause.  If a fellowship should end prior to completion of 400 hours, both parties must notify MJF immediately, and the total stipend will be reduced and prorated based on hours of legal service performed against the total hours requirement.

STIPEND

MJF provides to the agencies a stipend, which is paid by the agency to the fellow over the course of the summer. This is taxable income to the student. The agency is the employer and will withhold and forward employee payroll taxes and will issue a W-2 tax form at the end of the year.

ELIGIBILITY

For their applications to be considered, law students must be:

  • Enrolled at one of the three law schools in Minnesota, and
  • Scheduled to graduate no earlier than January 2023.

STUDENT APPLICATION PROCESS

  • The online application process will open on Wednesday, December 1, 2021
  • The online application process will close on Friday, January 28, 2022 at 5 pm
  • The fellowship applications will be posted on Symplicity at Mitchell Hamline School of Law; University of Minnesota Law School; and University of St. Thomas School of Law.
    • For purposes of the application process, Minnesota Justice Foundation will be the employer name, and the job title will be “MJF Summer Fellowship – [agency name]. “ There will be a separate posting for each of the  host agencies.
    • Address the cover letter to “Dear Supervising Attorney,”
    • Questions about the application process should be directed to MJF.
    • Thank you notes to the agencies are permitted following interviews.
  • Students may bring a writing sample or list of references to the interview, but they are not accepted online prior to interviews.
  • By virtue of applying, students affirm that they have read the attached Contract and List of Responsibilities and agree to comply should they be offered and accept a fellowship as an MJF 2021 Summer Fellow.
  • Each agency makes its own interviewing and hiring decisions. Each is required to interview multiple applicants from all three schools and at least one first-year student.
  • The Interview process will take place in February, date and location TBD. In February, MJF will send notice of interviews and sign-up instructions to applicants selected to interview. The sign-up process will be hosted on an online platform and will be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Minnesota Justice Foundation Summer 2022 Fellowship Program Contract and List of Responsibilities 

Should I receive and accept an MJF Summer Fellowship, I understand and agree to the following.

I will:

  • Attend the mandatory training session at University of Minnesota Law School (date TBD during May 2022).
  • Perform 400 hours or 10 weeks of full time service for a public interest agency during the summer of 2022.
  • Complete and return the Final Evaluation before the Fall 2022 semester begins, or by August 31, 2022.
  • Write a reflection article about my experience before August 31, 2022. I understand this article may be used in the MJF newsletter, in letters or grant evaluations for funders of the Summer Fellowship Program, and/or in an MJF Annual Report or for the 2023 Summer Fellowship Program.
  • Try to attend the 2022 MJF Annual Awards Celebration.
  • When invited, speak about my experience as a fellow to interested students and MJF Supporters.
  • Contact MJF to discuss any problems that may arise in the course of my fellowship.

I understand and agree that:

  • The fellowship relationship is between the agency for which I am a fellow and me.
  • MJF does not supervise me or control the details of my job duties during my fellowship. There is no employment relationship between MJF and myself.
  • The stipend is taxable income to me.
  • The agency or I may end the fellowship at any time, with or without cause.
  • If my fellowship should end prior to completion of 400 hours or 10 weeks of full time employment, I will notify MJF immediately.
  • If I do not complete the 400 hours or 10 weeks of full time employment commitment for any reason, whether voluntary or involuntary, the total stipend paid to me will be reduced and prorated based on service hours provided against the 400-hour or 10 weeks of full time employment requirement.

I agree that by virtue of submitting my application for the MJF 2022 Summer Fellowship Program I have read the above Contract and List of Responsibilities, and I agree to comply with them should I be offered and accept a fellowship as a MJF 2022 Summer Fellow.

ADDENDUM – LIST OF POSTINGS

 MJF 2022 Summer Fellowship Agency Hosts — To be Announced