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2021 Summer Fellow application process and contract

2021 MJF Summer Fellowship Program

Application Process and Contract


Each year MJF raises funds and solicits agencies to support student summer fellowships.  This year, we are pleased to offer 19 fellowships.


Each fellow performs 400 hours or 10 weeks of full time legal service with the agency between the end of the spring semester 2021 and the first day of fall semester 2021 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.


MJF provides to the agencies a stipend of $6,000. The stipend is paid by the agency to the law 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.


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 2022.


  • The online application process will open on Tuesday, December 1, 2020
  • The online application process will close on Friday, January 29, 2021 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 19 agencies. See below list.
    • Address the cover letter to “Dear Supervising Attorney,”
    • Questions about the application process should be directed to MJF, not to the 19 agencies.
    • Thank you notes to the agencies are permitted following interviews.
  • This is a grade-blind application process. Applicants cannot include GPA and/or class rank for any academic programs (law school, other graduate/professional school, undergraduate school), or any other academic honors tied to GPA – see list below.
    • Note: Applications that include prohibited information will be rejected.  After the deadline to apply passes, there will be no opportunity to revise and resubmit.  Please carefully review each resume and cover letter to ensure that prohibited information is not included. If you are uncertain, ask your MJF staff attorney.

The following must be omitted from application for materials for both law school, any other graduation/professional programs, and undergraduate school:

  • Summa Cum Laude
  • Magna Cum Laude
  • Cum Laude
  • References to graduating with “High Distinction” or similar phrasing
  • Dean’s List
  • References to being in the top X% of class
  • Grade information, including
    • Grade Point Average
    • Dean’s Awards
    • Allusions to excelling academically or similar phrasing (i.e. I worked 20 hours/week while excelling academically; I received a scholarship based on my grades)
  • 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.
  • Applicants will receive notice of interviews and sign-up instructions from MJF on Thursday, February 11, 2021. Signing up for interviews will begin on Friday, February 12, 2021 and end on Sunday, February 14, 2021. Interview times will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Interviews will take place remotely on Tuesday, February 23, through Thursday, February 25, details TBD.

Minnesota Justice Foundation Summer 2021 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 2021).
  • Perform 400 hours or 10 weeks of full time service for a public interest agency during the summer of 2021.
  • Complete and return the Final Evaluation before the Fall 2021 semester begins, or by August 31, 2021.
  • Write a reflection article about my experience before August 31, 2021. 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 2022 Summer Fellowship Program.
  • Write a thank you letter to the law firm or foundation that has provided support for my summer fellowship.
  • Try to attend the 2021 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 2021 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 2021 Summer Fellow.


 MJF 2021 Summer Fellowship Agency Hosts

Metro Area Agencies

  • Central Minnesota Legal Services
  • Children’s Law Center of Minnesota
  • Council on American-Islamic Relations Minnesota
  • Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota
  • Legal Assistance of Dakota County
  • Legal Rights Center
  • Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid — Minnesota Disability Law Center
  • Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid — Housing Unit/Housing Discrimination Law Project
  • Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid — Immigration Project
  • Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy
  • Rainbow Health
  • Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services — Housing Unit
  • Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services — Economic Justice Unit
  • Standpoint

Greater Minnesota Agencies

  • Anishinabe Legal Services
  • Legal Aid Service of Northeastern Minnesota
  • Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota
  • White Earth Tribal Court
  • Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services — Mankato