Minnesota Justice Foundation
The Minnesota Justice Foundation strives for justice by creating opportunities for law students to perform public interest and pro bono legal services.
The Minnesota Justice Foundation (MJF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and supporting pro bono legal practice in Minnesota. Law students have the opportunity to serve as volunteer law clerks and research assistants to legal service organizations and legal clinic attorneys on cases involving civil rights, human rights, discrimination, housing, family, and poverty law. The volunteer positions give students the opportunity to experience "real world" legal practice and make important contacts while providing valuable assistance to public interest lawyers. Annually, law students volunteering through MJF perform thousands of hours of service equivalent to that of 12 full-time lawyers.
The University of Minnesota Law School’s MJF student committee coordinates the Public Interest Clerkship (PIC) summer program. Students and faculty donate one summer day’s pay to the program, and the collective donations fund several summer-long public interest clerkships. Students select their area of public interest, and donors select which clerkships to fund. This program has been successful at increasing public interest job opportunities for University of Minnesota students and has supplied deserving public interest offices with law clerks they would not have otherwise been able to afford. For more information, contact the MJF Office at 612-625-0777.
For volunteer opportunities and more information, visit the official Minnesota Justice Foundation Web site at www.mnjustice.org
"MJF is the best part of my law school experience! It has given me an opportunity to make lasting and substantial contacts within the legal field."
—Philomena Matus, 3L
"It’s a win-win situation: you can improve your legal skills and gain valuable experience while providing needed services for an agency."
—Mark Berger, '07