2022 MJF Summer Fellowship Program
Application Process and Contract
For Summer 2022, MJF will be coordinating the following 19 fellowships:
Anishinabe Legal Services
Central Minnesota Legal Services
Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota
Legal Assistance of Dakota County, Ltd.
Legal Service of Northeastern Minnesota
Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota
Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid – Minnesota Disability Law Center
Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid – Tax Unit
Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid – St. Cloud and Willmar
Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy
Neighborhood Justice Center
Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services – Housing
Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services – Mankato
Southern MN Regional Legal Services – Economic Justice
Southern MN Regional Legal Services – Immigration
Tubman – Legal Services
Washington County Public Defender’s Office
White Earth Tribal Court
Each fellow performs 400 hours or 10 weeks of full time legal service as defined by 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 the agency.
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 or 10 weeks of full time legal service as defined by the agency , both parties must notify MJF immediately, and the total stipend will be reduced and prorated based on hours of service performed against the total hours requirement.
MJF provides a stipend of $6,000 to the agency, which is paid by the agency to the fellow over the course of the summer. The fellow does not receive a lump sum payment. The stipend 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 Mitchell Hamline School of Law, University of Minnesota Law School, or University of St. Thomas School of Law, and
- Scheduled to graduate no earlier than January 2023.
- Students who received a fellowship in Summer 2021 are eligible to reapply for Summer 2022 if they meet the above two eligibility criteria.
STUDENT APPLICATION PROCESS
- The online application process will open on Wednesday, December 1, 2021
- The online application process will close on Thursday, January 27, 2022
- 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.
- In Symplicity, Minnesota Justice Foundation will be the employer name, and the job title will be “MJF Summer Fellowship – [agency name]. “ There will be a separate Symplicity posting for each fellowship.
- 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.
- Applicants 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, applicants affirm that they have read the Contract and List of Responsibilities and agree to comply should they be offered and accept a fellowship as an MJF 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, dates TBD, using online platforms such as Zoom and Teams. 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.
- Attend a mandatory training session(date TBD during May 2022, to be scheduled around fellows’ exam schedules).
- Perform 400 hours or 10 weeks of full time service for my fellowship site during the summer of 2022.
- Complete and return the Final Evaluation no later than 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.
- Write a thank you letter before August 31, 2022, to the law firm or foundation that has provided support for my summer fellowship.
- Try to attend the 2022 MJF Annual Awards Celebration.
- When invited, speak about my experience as a fellow to interested students and MJF Supporters.
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 as defined by the agency, 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.
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.