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Emerging Leaders in the Law

Emerging Leaders in the Law

About the Program

Emerging Leaders in the Law (ELL) is a program that seeks to increase equal access to justice for all people with the belief that in order to truly have equal access to justice for all people, all identities must be represented in the legal system -- from judges and attorneys to court staff and probation officers. USLS seeks to advance this goal by inspiring the next generation of leaders in the law. People of color, GLBT folks, people living with disabilities and women must have a seat at the table to achieve our highest aspirations.

We meet this goal in two ways:

1. Inspiring Traditionally Underrepresented UMN Students to Consider a Career in Law

  • ELL connects undergraduate students with a mentor (law student or attorney) who share the same identity;
  • ELL hosts networking and career exploration events;
  • ELL establishes opportunities for educational and career exploration, support and advice to students regarding law school admissions, law school culture, paying for law schools, and finding a job; and
  • ELL provides support for students taking the LSAT

2. Inspiring High School Students to Dream Big

  • ELL develops relationships with metro area high school administrators, teachers and students with a focus on schools with large numbers of first generation students, students of color, and active GLBT organizations;
  • ELL creates mentoring relationships with high school students and undergraduate/law students who share similar identities;
  • ELL organizes a "Know Your Rights/Street Law" program and career exploration panels; and
  • ELL hosts events that bring high school students to UMN and the courthouse to meet judges and lawyers

Summer Clerkship

Student Legal Service's Emerging Leaders in the Law is hosting a paid 20 hour/week undergraduate summer intern/clerkship May 21- June 29, 2018.  Clerks must commit to Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8:30am-5:00pm, and four additional hours during the week.   Undergraduate students entering their Junior and Senior years will be given preference, but all undergraduates are encouraged to apply.

Through the clerkship, participants will:
1.    Create a clear plan for applying to and funding law school, including a drafted personal statement
2.    Make personal connections with law students, lawyers and judges
3.    Gain exposure to the Minnesota Court System at all levels
4.    Develop meaningful networking and relationship building skills
5.    Work on legal projects, file management and law office administration
6.    Practice critical legal skills such as client interviewing, negotiation and litigation preparation
7.    Explore and critically write on a current issue related to the justice system

Timeline:
March 11, 2018: Application closes
March 19-23, 2018: Interviews
March 30, 2018: Notification of acceptance
May 21, 2018: Clerkship begins

To apply, complete the application in Google Forms.

If you have any questions about this program or would like to become involved, either as a potential mentor or as a participant, please contact:

Karmen McQuitty
USLS Attorney at Law

Mentoring

Mentoring

If you have any questions about mentoring opportunities, please contact:

Karmen McQuitty
USLS Attorney at Law