How do I become a Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project Fellow?
Students are asked to fill out the application provided on the website. After applications are submitted, selected candidates will be interviewed, and those chosen as Marshall-Brennan Fellows will be notified after their interviews.
When this year’s application is ready, between late February and early March, it will be posted here.
Your application, along with your transcript and resume, will be due to Jennifer.Miller@mitchellhamline.edu by email, by a date in late March or early April.
This year’s application deadline: By or before 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29, 2017.
Invitations to Interview
Invitations to interview will be offered by email soon after all applications are submitted.
15 – 20 minute interviews for the coming fall semester will be held in late March or early April of the preceding spring semester.
This year’s interview slots:
– Monday, April 3, 2017, between 11:00 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.
– Wednesday, April 5, 2017, between 1:00 p.m. and 2:15 p.m.
– Saturday, April 8, 2017 between noon and 1:15 p.m.
– Monday, April 10, 2017, between 2:00 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.
– Tuesday, April 11, 2017, between noon and 1:15 p.m.
Selections for each fall semester will be announced before registration for that fall semester’s classes.
There will be a series of training days that all Marshall-Brennan Fellows must attend before they are placed in a high school classroom to teach. Some training days will be held on weekdays, others on weekends. They may conflict with law school classes scheduled during the same time. The exact dates and times of the training days for each fall semester will be announced before the start of that fall semester’s MHSL classes.
This year’s training dates:
– Saturday, August 12, 2017, from 8:00 a.m. to noon
– Monday, August 14, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
– Tuesday, August 15, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
– Wednesday, August 16, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
– Saturday, August 19, 2017, from 8:00 a.m. to noon
– Saturday, September 30, 2017, from 8:00 a.m. to noon
Frequent questions about the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project
How do I become a Marshall-Brennan Fellow?Students are asked to fill out the application provided on the website before the deadline. Afterward, there will be an interview process where the Fellows are selected.
Can 1Ls apply to be Marshall-Brennan Fellows?Yes. Although the Marshall-Brennan Project is a 4-credit course that is only available to 2Ls and 3Ls, 1Ls are encouraged to apply for the Fall semester of their 2L year.
Is the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project a year-long or semester commitment?The commitment is for one semester.
Where do I get the application?When it is available, the application will be posted at the top of this web page. Questions may be directed to Jennifer.Miller@mitchellhamline.edu.
When will I know if I was selected?Offers to be a Marshall-Brennan Fellow will be extended in April prior to registration.
Do I get academic credit for being a Marshall-Brennan Fellow?
Yes. Fellows will earn four credits for this course. One of the four credits counts toward the 19 outside-the-classroom credit limit, as it is a credit for your field placement in a high school classroom.
Will the class be graded?Yes.
When does the class meet?The Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project seminar meets weekly for two hours on a weekday afternoon. In addition, there will be a series of training days that all Marshall-Brennan Fellows must attend before they are placed in a high school classroom to teach. Some training days will be held on weekdays, others on weekends. They may conflict with law school classes scheduled during the same time. The exact dates and times of the training days for each fall semester will be announced before the start of that fall semester’s MHSL classes.
When do I need to be in the high schools?Each high school’s schedule varies. You will teach in the high schools according to that high school’s schedule. Generally, Fellows teach in an area high school 5 days a week, for 50 minutes a day, for 9 weeks.
Can I drop the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project as a class during the add/drop period?No. Once you accept a position as a Marshall-Brennan Fellow, you are committing to the project and the high school for the semester. You will not be permitted to drop the course.
Are there prerequisites?No. Constitutional Law: Liberties and Criminal Procedure are recommended, but not required.
Do I need prior teaching experience or a teaching license to participate in the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project?No.
Will the placement hours count as MJF hours?
Any time you spend on classroom preparation, teaching, or meeting with high school students and staff in excess of 200 hours can be counted as Minnesota Justice Foundation pro-bono hours. Please contact the Mitchell Hamline MJF office to receive information about keeping track of hours and receiving MJF credit.
What high schools are participating?
The St. Paul Public Schools decide which schools will participate, and the school selections rotate from year to year. In past years we have placed Marshall-Brennan Fellows at Avalon, Central, Como Park, Creative Arts, Harding, Highland Park, Open World Learning (OWL), and Washington Tech.
Will I be provided transportation to the high schools?No. You are expected to provide your own transportation to/from the high schools. All the high schools are within three miles of Mitchell Hamline.
Can I pick which high school I teach in?No. During the application and interview process you can express an interest in a particular high school, but students will be offered a position as a Marshall-Brennan Fellow in a particular school by the Director of the program.
Can I pick who my co-teacher is?No. Fellows will be placed in teaching pairs by the Director of the program.
Will I need to teach over Fall break?Yes. You will be responsible for teaching based on the high school’s calendar, and St. Paul High Schools are in session during Mitchell Hamline’s spring/fall break.