Post Graduate Clinical Law Fellowship

Apr 19, 2017
May 04, 2017
Job Type
Employment Status
Full Time

The University of St. Thomas Legal Services Clinic seeks an applicant for one 3M Community Justice Project public interest fellowship position in its Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services, beginning in July of 2017. The fellowship position is designed for a 2017 graduate of the University of St. Thomas School of Law who has shown a demonstrated commitment to public service and social justice.  Appointment is for one year.  Fellows will receive a competitive salary and access to UST's benefits package.

The 3M Community Justice Fellow will have an opportunity to gain significant legal practice experience, develop ties to other public interest lawyers and organizations serving the Twin Cities, and assist in the supervision of law students participating in the Legal Services Clinic. The Fellow will work closely with the faculty, staff and students of the CJP, in particular with Professor Carl Warren.  Work will include direct involvement in ongoing CJP projects and assisting in the supervision of certified student attorneys.
The salary for the position is $47,000.  In addition to salary and UST benefits, $2,000 will be available to assist with fees for the bar preparation course, bar examination, and bar admission.  In order to receive reimbursement for bar preparation, the fellow must fully participate in the UST JD Compass Bar Passage program.  Paid release time is available for bar examination preparation.

The University of St. Thomas offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits program, which includes medical, dental, vision, life, long-term care, legal, and disability insurance coverages.  Offerings also include retirement plans, flexible spending accounts, a health savings account, and an employee assistance program.  The University provides tuition remission to its employees, spouses, and dependents.  In addition, the University values a healthy work/life balance and has generous provisions for paid time off.


Fellowship applicants must be a 2017 graduate of the University of St. Thomas School of Law.  Additionally, applicants must be eligible to practice law in the state of Minnesota and are expected to sit for the July 2017 bar exam. 

Successful candidates should have previous experience in working with and on behalf of communities of color, and/or working in public interest law or civil rights.  They must have strong communication and interpersonal skills, and excellent oral advocacy and writing skills.  Prior participation in the Interprofessional Center is not required.

Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good. The successful candidate will possess a commitment to the ideals of this mission statement.

In light of its commitment to create and maintain a safe learning and working environment, employment with the University of St. Thomas requires successful completion of a background screening.

The University of St. Thomas (UST), Minnesota Human Resources Department advertises the official job listing on its website.  If you are viewing this posting from a site other than “Jobs at UST”, the University assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of information. 

UST is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Special Instructions to Candidates:

Application Requirements

To be considered for the fellowship, applicants must create a profile and upload a resume, upload a recent writing sample (5-10 pages) into "Additional Document 1", an unofficial transcript into "Additional Document 2", and copy/paste a detailed statement of interest (see requirements below) into the "cover letter" section of the application.  Writing samples may not be Clinic work product.  The detailed statement of interest should be no more than 1750 words in length and should address the following questions:
I.   Your contribution to the Legal Services Clinic.
      1. What experiences, personal and professional, qualify you to work as a clinic fellow?
      2. What do you hope and expect to contribute to the Community Justice Project during your fellowship?
      3. How do you envision yourself contributing to the Mission of the Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Service?  The mission reads as follows:  “The Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services advances social justice through service and advocacy with undeserved individuals and communities through transformative educational experiences for our students.”

       4. What are your long-term professional career goals and how would the fellowship contribute to them?

II.  Your vision on social justice.
      1. What do you see as the most pressing social justice issue in contemporary society?
      2. How, if at all, can this issue be addressed and or resolved by the legal community?

III.  Any additional information that you believe is relevant to this application.
Candidates should also complete the reference section of the application with the names of two references, including a current or former supervisor or mentor and a law school professor.  References may not include University of St. Thomas School of Law Clinical Faculty.

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