Minnesota Law Public Interest Residency Program Partners

Leading local public interest and government organizations are the foundation of the Minnesota Law Public Interest Residency Program.

Providing a Pipeline of High-Achieving Students

The program provides participating partner organizations with a pipeline of high-achieving students with proven dedication to public service. Potential partner organizations benefit from scholar participation for two years—first as an extern and then as a full-time staff attorney—for the cost of a one-year employee. Participating partner organizations interview and select their resident in February, who begins working in September as a certified student attorney until passing the bar exam the following fall. The resident then assumes a staff attorney role for at least one post-graduate year.

Becoming a Partner Organization

The Minnesota Law Public Interest Residency Program welcomes new partner organizations. Potential partner organizations are encouraged to read the PDF iconpolicy manual. To learn more about being a partner organization, contact Amanda Furst, Director of Public Interest Programs, amfurst@umn.edu, (612) 626-7517.

Current Partner Organizations

City of Minneapolis City Attorney’s Office
The Criminal Division of the Minneapolis City Attorney’s Office is charged with prosecuting petty misdemeanors, misdemeanors, and gross misdemeanors. The Civil Division provides legal services to Minneapolis City officials and staff. Learn more.

Hennepin County Attorney’s Office
The Criminal Division of the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office is responsible for prosecuting adult felony offenses; the Civil Division provides legal services to the Hennepin County government. Learn more.

Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid
Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid advocates for the legal rights of disadvantaged people. Attorneys for Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid solve critical legal needs to prevent homelessness, keep children in school, protect victims of domestic violence, and help immigrants become naturalized, among other things. Learn more.

Office of the Public Defender, Second District (Ramsey County)
Attorneys who work at the Ramsey County Public Defender’s Office defend indigent persons charged with misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, and felony crimes. Learn more.

Ramsey County Attorney’s Office
The Criminal Division of the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office is responsible for prosecuting all adult felonies in Ramsey County; the Civil Division provides legal services to the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners. Learn more.

Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office
This independent, executive-branch state agency ensures Wisconsin meets its constitutional requirement of providing legal representation to the indigent. Learn more.

Chief Defender Patrick Kittridge: "Hands-on Experience"

“We are thrilled to partner with the Law School. This program will assist us in defending the rights of the indigent in Ramsey County and give our lawyer in resident meaningful, hands-on experiences in an office committed to nurturing and developing emerging criminal defense attorneys.” —The Office of the Public Defender, Second District (Ramsey County)

  • Susan Segal, Mpls. City Attorney

    Minneapolis City Attorney Susan Segal

    "Firsthand experience and training"

    “We are delighted to participate in this program that allows us to offer talented law students firsthand experience and training in criminal prosecution or civil legal work and litigation while the students provide needed assistance to our office. It is a real value proposition for us and we try to ensure high return on value for the students participating in the program at our office. ”
    Minneapolis City Attorney's Office

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