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Affiliated Organizations


Human Rights Center

The focus of the Human Rights Center is to train effective human rights professionals and volunteers. Students may attend workshops, courses or training sessions presented by the center. Students also may apply for a fellowship to fund their work with a human rights organization. The center also develops United Nations human rights monitoring and training manuals and provides an ever-expanding knowledge base of human rights topics through its continuing research programs.

Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity

The Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity investigates the ways that laws, policies and practices affect development patterns in U.S. metropolitan regions, with a particular focus on the growing social and economic disparities within these areas. Students may access the institute's many reports and maps on its Web site.

The Journal of Law and Inequality

The Journal of Law and Inequality is one of four student-edited journals published at the University of Minnesota Law School. The journal publishes two issues each year featuring articles by law students, attorneys, and scholars that address issues at the intersection of inequality and the law. Student staff members are selected on the basis of their writing ability and their commitment to eliminating inequality.

Loan Repayment Assistance Project (LRAP)

The Loan Repayment Assistance Program helps make public interest careers for new law school graduates possible by assisting with loan repayment for attorneys with annual adjusted household income below a certain level. While only recent graduates may apply for an initial grant, previous LRAP recipients may reapply for assistance for up to 15 years. LRAP is supported by donations from the area law schools, firms and attorneys.

Minnesota Justice Foundation

The Minnesota Justice Foundation (MJF) works to meet the legal needs of low-income Minnesotans by coordinating the volunteer efforts of law students and attorneys. With the help of an on-site staff attorney, students can find law-related volunteer opportunities listed with the organization. Students who volunteer a minimum of 50 hours are recognized with a notation on their transcript. MJF also sponsors and funds several summer clerkships through which students may work for a legal aid office or public interest organization in Minnesota. For more details, visit our MJF page.