Volunteer Before Your First Day of Law School
Minnesota Justice Foundation (MJF) is a nonprofit that works with Mitchell Hamline and the other local law schools, striving for justice by creating opportunities for law students to perform public interest and pro bono legal services. MJF provides a variety of meaningful opportunities for law students throughout their time in law school, in addition to helping students explore self-created volunteer opportunities.
Incoming students who are interested in volunteering this summer with one of Minnesota Justice Foundation’s partner agencies in the Twin Cities metro area and greater Minnesota are welcome to contact MJF staff attorney Sara Thomas at sara @mnjustice.org for more information. Time commitments vary and include everything from one-time volunteer opportunities to a commitment of 4-8 hours per week or more. This is a great way to meet other law students and attorneys while serving the community and learning about local legal services providers.
Blended learning students located outside Minnesota can work with the MJF staff attorney on an individual basis to identify possible volunteer opportunities for this summer.
Examples of Past Volunteer Opportunities Include:
- assisting pro se parties at courthouse self-help centers;
- helping people fill out legal forms at brief-advice legal clinics;
- courtroom observation;
- and tenant hotline.
If you would like more information, please contact your MJF staff attorney:
Sara Thomas, Staff Attorney