• Fall 2014 Externships

    Externship areas include:

    Criminal Law

    Classroom component: Wednesdays, 3:00-5:10 p.m.
    Law Faculty

    Available placements

    Chisago County Attorney’s Office
    Center City, MN

    The Chisago County Attorney’s Office prosecutes all crimes committed in the county, ranging from serious felonies to traffic citations and zoning violations. Chisago County Attorney’s Office employs eight assistant county attorneys—five in the criminal division—who assist in carrying out those duties. In the civil area—which employs three attorneys—the County Attorney’s Office provides legal advice and services to the other county departments and serves as legal counsel for the County Board. The County Attorney establishes priorities and policies for staff, and performs many administrative tasks to ensure the duties and responsibilities of the office are properly completed. Externs in the office will work on legal research and writing projects, drafting legal documents, and attending and participating in court proceedings, including court trials for traffic violations, depending upon the needs of the office and the student’s abilities and skills.

    Course may be taken for: 3 (114 hours) or 4 credits (150 hours)
    Courses required in addition to PR: Criminal Procedure I
    Courses recommended: Evidence is recommended as a pre- or co-requisite.
    Other specific requirements: Students must possess excellent research and writing skills. A writing sample must be sent with the student’s resume.

    Legal Rights Center
    Minneapolis, MN

    The Legal Rights Center (LRC) represents, without charge, low-income people and people of color who have legal problems associated with the juvenile justice, criminal justice, and child welfare systems. By addressing the broader problems, LRC seeks to restore the alleged offender to meaningful community life and reduce the likelihood of re-involvement with the juvenile or criminal justice system or the child welfare system. The geographical focus of LRC's work is Hennepin County. A Legal Rights Center Extern will be responsible for co-managing a criminal caseload with an assigned attorney. The extern will be expected to participate in every facet of the representation of an individual charged with a criminal case in Hennepin County. Externs will interview clients, contact witnesses, research case law, develop case strategies, write memos/briefs, prepare trial folders, and advocate on behalf of clients in and out of court. Site can accommodate more than 1 student.

    Course may be taken for: 3 (114 hours); 4 (150 hours) or 6 credits (225 hours)
    Courses required in addition to PR: None
    Courses recommended: Evidence highly recommended.
    Other specific requirements: Clear interest in working with low-income and minority clients. (Students who speak Spanish, Hmong, Somali, Oromo and/or Arabic are strongly encouraged to apply.) Must be eligible for Supreme Court Certification for Student Practice. Interview required.

    Minneapolis City Attorney, Criminal Division
    Minneapolis, MN

    The City Attorney’s Office prosecutes petty misdemeanor, misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor criminal cases committed by adults that occur within the City limits and for which someone has been charged. The City Attorney’s Office is committed to the aggressive prosecution of domestic violence, driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, weapons cases, as well as livability offenses which can affect the quality of life in our neighborhoods. Externs in the City Attorney’s Office work with students from other area law schools and appear in court to argue bail hearings, negotiate resolutions, litigate suppression issues, and litigate trials. Externs also work in the office to research and respond to pre-trial motions and other filings.

    Course may be taken for: 3 (114 hours); 4 (150 hours); or 6 credits (225 hours)
    Courses required in addition to PR: Evidence, Criminal Procedure I
    Other specific requirements: Must be eligible for Supreme Court Certification for Student Practice. Interview required.

    Neighborhood Justice Center
    St. Paul, MN

    The Neighborhood Justice Center, Inc., was founded in 1973 to provide comprehensive criminal defense and crime prevention services for low-income persons, emphasizing outreach to communities of color. Goals include providing quality legal representation for disadvantaged and undeserved persons who are charged with criminal offenses, obtaining the best possible outcomes for clients, and educating target populations about the law and how best to avoid problems with the criminal justice system. Externs at NJC work alongside one of the for NJC attorneys. They begin by observing court and assisting the attorney in preparing and researching cases. They then transition into making court appearances and arguments on behalf of NJC clients.

    Course may be taken for: 3 credits (114 hours)
    Courses required in addition to PR: none
    Courses recommended: N/A
    Other specific requirements: Must be eligible for Supreme Court Certification for Student Practice. Interview required. Language ability in Spanish, Hmong or Somali is welcomed but not required.

    Second Judicial District (Ramsey County) Public Defender
    St. Paul, MN

    Funded by the Board of Public Defense, Minnesota Public Defenders represent indigent accused people in each of Minnesota's 87 counties, as part of Minnesota’s coordinated response to the constitutional mandate guaranteeing the right to assistance of counsel for indigent persons accused of crime. The state is divided into ten judicial districts, and the Second Judicial District is comprised entirely of Ramsey County. Externs in the Second District Public Defender’s office get courtroom experience representing clients in bail hearings and initial appearances in misdemeanor and juvenile cases. They will interview and represent clients and appear in court under supervision of attorneys in the Office of the Public Defender. Site can accommodate more than 1 student.

    Course may be taken for: 3 (114 hours); 4 (150 hours); or 6 credits (225 hours)
    Courses required in addition to PR: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure I, Evidence
    Courses recommended: Trial Advocacy
    Other specific requirements: Must be eligible for Supreme Court Certification for Student Practice. Ramsey County Public Defender would like to personally interview interested students before placing them.

    St. Croix County (Wisconsin) District Attorney Office
    Hudson, WI

    The St. Croix County District Attorney prosecutes crimes committed in St. Croix County, Wisconsin, including traffic and juvenile offenses. The office employs six attorneys. Externs in this office will learn Wisconsin criminal law and procedure in a neighboring Wisconsin county. Externs will get the opportunity to do court appearances and trials, as well as legal research and writing on memoranda and motions.

    Course may be taken for: 3 (114 hours) or 4 credits (150 hours)
    Courses required in addition to PR: none
    Courses recommended: Evidence, Criminal Procedure I, and Trial Advocacy.
    Other specific requirements: Students must be eligible for certification under the Wisconsin student practice rule, which requires completion of three semesters of law school.

    Dispute Resolution

    Classroom component: Fridays, 9:10-11:20 a.m.
    Professor Aimee Gourlay

    Available placement sites:

    Dispute Resolution Center
    St. Paul, MN

    The Dispute Resolution Center is a private, non-profit community mediation program founded in 1982 to provide mediation, facilitation, training and referral services. The office is located in St. Paul. Externs will provide direct mediation services to participants in the Second Judicial District’s conciliation court on Friday mornings with Dispute Resolution Institute Director Sharon Press. There may also be opportunities to mediate in community settings. Externs will also assist at the Dispute Resolution Center office with all aspects of community mediation case development, including: opening and closing cases; communicating with clients and referral sources; coordinating volunteer mediators; working with staff to generate various reports; updating process binders and manuals; and other office duties. Other opportunities such as interacting with the community by making presentations about alternative dispute resolution, and/or opportunities to conduct and attend basic trainings, and/or work with other community based programs on collaborations will be assigned based on community need and the extern's interests.

    Course may be taken for: 3 (114 hours); 4 (150 hours); or 6 credits (225 hours)
    Courses/prerequisites required in addition to PR: Rule 114 Certified General Civil or Family Mediation Skills Training.
    Courses recommended: None
    Other Specific requirements: None

    Dolan Mediation, LLC
    Bloomington, MN

    Solo practice with one legal assistant. Dolan Mediation, LLC works with attorneys, clients (often emotional), and experts to resolve family law disputes through mediation, arbitration, med-arb, ENE, PTE, CSM and Moderated Settlement Conference work. The day-to-day calendar tends to be unpredictable as meetings may cancel, start early, or run long. Work takes place in the office, another attorney’s office, or at the courthouse. The type of work tends to be highly charged with emotion, tension, and anger. Being calm, flexible, and thinking on your feet are critical elements of the practice. Extern can expect to witness intense negotiations between multiple attorneys and clients and participate in formal arbitrations. Moderated Settlement Conferences can also be attended, and are always at the courthouse and involve the clients, attorneys, and the judicial officer. Extern will organize documents, draft mediation summaries, prepare spreadsheets, and miscellaneous assignments to be determined on an as-needed basis.

    Course may be taken for: 3 credits (114 hours)
    Courses required in addition to PR: None
    Courses recommended: Family Law, Business Law, ADR
    Other specific requirements: None

    Minnesota Department of Human Rights
    St. Paul, MN

    The Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MDHR) is a cabinet-level state agency that investigates charges of illegal discrimination, ensures that businesses seeking state contracts are in compliance with equal opportunity requirements, and strives to eliminate discrimination by educating Minnesotans about their rights and responsibilities under the Minnesota Human Rights Act. Its vision is to eradicate discrimination and empower every person in Minnesota with the ability to enjoy all of the benefits of society regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, age, sexual orientation, familial status, and public assistance status.

    Externs will work side-by-side with lead enforcement officers and senior attorneys. The projects assigned to an extern may vary based on the needs of the Department, but potential projects include drafting and investigating discrimination charges, observing the assistant commissioner in settlement discussions with parties after a probable cause determination, observing volunteer mediators resolve matters through mediation and working on various issues within the contract compliance unit. An extern may also participate in cutting edge research projects such as providing case law research to be incorporated into the desk reference book for MDHR enforcement officers and assisting the Department in developing policy positions and drafting possible legislation. An extern's research contributes to the Department's mission of transforming public policy so that all people in Minnesota are empowered with the ability to contribute to and enjoy the benefits of society.

    Course may be taken for: 3 (114 hours); 4 (150 hours); or 6 credits (225 hours)
    Courses required in addition to PR: None
    Courses recommended: None
    Other specific requirements: None

    Minnesota Department of Transportation Ombudsman’s Office
    St. Paul, MN

    This office consists of one lawyer (Ombudsman) and three Deputy Ombudsman. “Constituents” are members of the public. Extern would be involved in fact finding which may include site visits, meeting with constituents, identifying issues, meeting with MnDOT staff for issue resolution, summarizing findings, and meeting with the MnDOT Commissioner. Extern will need to analyze information in a neutral, independent and informal manner as well as problem solve and generate options in order to resolve conflict.

    Course may be taken for: 3 (114 hours); 4 (150 hours); or 6 credits (225 hours)
    Courses required in addition to PR: None
    Courses recommended: Dispute Resolution courses are helpful
    Other specific requirements: None

    Minnesota Supreme Court ADR Ethics Board
    St. Paul, MN

    The ADR Ethics Board is appointed by the MN Supreme Court to promote the ethical use of ADR in the court system. The Board reviews complaints against neutrals in accordance with Rule 114 Code of Ethics. An extern will summarize complaints, gather information pertaining to complaints, review complaint files and write recommendations to the Board on whether there was an ethical violation; draft "best practice" or "FAQ" documents for educational purposes; draft correspondence; and attend board meetings.

    Course may be taken for: 3 (114 hours) or 4 credits(150 hours)
    Courses required in addition to PR: General Mediation Skills or Family Mediation Skills
    Courses recommended: None
    Other specific requirements: This position requires (and develops) writing and critical analysis skills.

    National Labor Relations Board Region 18 Office
    Minneapolis, MN

    Extern can expect to be assigned 4-6 charges to investigate, which includes taking affidavits from relevant witnesses, obtaining documentary evidence, analyzing the evidence and conducting necessary research of Board law, and recommending to the Regional Director whether the allegations in the charges have merit. In addition, extern may be assigned to research issues related to ongoing investigations and/or to assist in analyzing complex documentary evidence

    Course may be taken for: 3 (114 hours); 4 (150 hours); or 6 credits (225 hours)
    Courses required in addition to PR: Labor Law.
    Courses recommended: None
    Other specific requirements: Resume, letter explaining interest, undergraduate and law school transcripts are required. Additional application materials to facilitate a background check will be required if student is selected for position. Note that this position is competitive and may also be filled by students from other law schools.

    United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
    Minneapolis, MN

    The EEOC’s Minneapolis Area Office consists of four full-time attorneys and approximately 20 additional employees. It is a small, friendly, and highly collaborative office which services employees and employers in resolving workplace disputes through its mediation, investigation, and litigation processes. Externs will gain experience in counseling clients on the mediation process, assisting in the mediation and resolution of charges pending with the EEOC and will have the opportunity to observe a wide variety of mediation styles.

    Course may be taken for: 3 (114 hours); 4 (150 hours); or 6 credits (225 hours)
    Courses required in addition to PR: None
    Courses recommended: Employment Law (especially Employment Discrimination Law) and Mediation
    Other specific requirements: None

    Private Practice/Design-Your-Own
    Motivated students with an interest in finding a dispute resolution placement not represented above, e.g. a private attorney placement, a specific dispute resolution practice area, are encouraged to meet with Professor Aimee Gourlay, (651-523-2359) as soon as possible. Aimee will discuss your ideas and provide leads to tailor an externship experience. Students are responsible to follow up on leads, and externship must be approved by the externship office.

    Health Law

    Classroom Component: Thursdays, 1:50-4:00 p.m.
    Professor Barbara Colombo

    In the Health Law area, Professor Colombo works with each student to find the right match for the externship. For all Health Law placements, externs work under the supervision of an attorney mentor across a variety of settings in health law and compliance including law firms, government, medical device manufacturers, hospitals and clinics, insurers and health plans, trade associations, and consulting firms. In these settings students have the opportunity to develop and refine a wide range of skills including legal research and writing, interviewing clients and witnesses, auditing, investigating, drafting policies and procedures, document review along with other pretrial discovery work, advocacy and communication.

    Course may be taken for: 3 credits (114 hours)
    Courses required in addition to PR: Health Law-Organization and Finance; Health Law-Quality of Care and Liability (One or more of the course requirements may be waived by Professor Colombo based on individual circumstances.)
    Other specific requirements: Clearance procedures need to begin early for several hosting organizations.

    Immigration Law

    Classroom component: Wednesdays, 5:30-7:40 p.m.
    Professor Paula Schwartzbauer

    Available placements sites:

    American Dream Law LLC
    St. Paul, MN

    This small private firm offers comprehensive immigration-related services including employment and crime victim visa request preparation, citizenship application assistance, and representation in Immigration Court and/or Board of Immigration Appeals hearings. An extern will perform client interviewing, client counseling, factual investigation, legal research, writing legal research memoranda, drafting other legal documents and organizing material for lawyer's use (e.g. assisting with trial notebooks).

    Course may be taken for: 3 (114 hours); 4 (150 hours); or 6 credits (225 hours)
    Courses required in addition to PR: None
    Recommended courses: Administrative Law and/or Immigration Law
    Other specific requirements: Comfort working with diverse individuals and a second language are preferable.

    The Advocates for Human Rights
    Minneapolis, MN

    The Advocates for Human Rights helps individuals fully realize their human rights in the United States and around the world. For over 30 years, The Advocates’ innovative programming has touched the lives of refugees and immigrants, women, ethnic and religious minorities, children, and other marginalized communities whose rights are at risk. The Advocates strengthens accountability mechanisms, raises awareness, and fosters tolerance. Adapting traditional human rights methodologies to conduct cutting-edge research, The Advocates has produced 75 reports documenting human rights practices in 25 countries. Externs can expect to become involved in asylum law and litigation, and asylum related petitions for family reunification, adjustment of status and work authorization. Externs may meet clients who are victims of significant trauma including torture, sexual assault and targeted violence and will have the opportunity to meet clients at detained court for initial master calendar hearings. Duties externs can expect include: Factual investigation, legal research, writing legal research memoranda, drafting other legal documents, and organizing material for lawyer’s use.

    Course may be taken for: 3 (114 hours); 4 (150 hours); or 6 credits (225 hours). NOTE: Immigration experience is required to take the course for 6 credits.
    Courses required: Immigration
    Course recommended: Human rights and asylum related courses.
    Other specific requirements: Externs who can speak French or Spanish are preferred.

    Boston Law Office PA
    West St. Paul, MN

    The goal of Boston Law Office, P.A. is to provide quality legal services during the sometimes long and complicated immigration process. This is a bilingual (Spanish/English) office with one attorney and two staff members located in West St. Paul. Clientele are all private clients, the majority of which speak Spanish. Externs can expect to prepare filings such as citizenship applications and waiver packets, and do factual investigation.

    Course may be taken for:
    3 credits (114 hours)
    Courses preferred: None
    Other specific requirements: Ability to speak Spanish is a plus, though not required.

    Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota
    St. Paul, MN

    ILCM is a non-profit law office dedicated to serving low-income immigrants and refugees across the state of Minnesota. The office consists of eight attorneys and four legal assistants. Pro bono attorneys are trained by staff to help represent clients in different immigration matters. Although the office handles a variety of cases including naturalization, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, deportation defense and VAWA, the extern will be dedicated primarily to working with potential clients to evaluate their eligibility for U Visa status. The U Visa is a form of immigration relief for victims of domestic abuse and other forms of violent crime who have suffered substantial harm and have cooperated with law enforcement in the investigation or prosecution of the crime. In addition to conducting client interviews, client counseling and factual investigation, the extern will review cases with the supervising attorney and prepare case memoranda. Opportunities to observe at immigration court or work on different case types might also be possible if time allows.

    Course may be taken for: 3 (114 hours); 4 (150 hours); or 6 credits (225 hours)
    Courses required in addition to PR: None
    Courses recommended: Immigration Law
    Other specific requirements: As many of the ILCM clients are Spanish-speaking, an extern who can speak and write in Spanish is strongly preferred. Comfort working with victims of trauma is also preferred.

    JP Larson Law Office, LLC
    Minneapolis, MN

    JP Larson Law Office is an informal, full-service immigration law firm with one attorney and one paralegal on staff. JP Larson views the practice of immigration law as quasi-social/legal work, given the subject matter and intensive interaction with individuals and believes that it is important to be personable with and respectful to persons who entrust this office with significant issues they face in their lives. Externs can expect to become involved with administrative filings to the USCIS and consular processing for immigrant and nonimmigrant visas, most often family-based, but sometimes employment-based; defensive applications for relief from removal in immigration court and some appeals to the Administrative Appeals Office or to the Board of Immigration Appeals. Externs can expect to experience face-to-face interaction with clients; attend hearings and USCIS interviews as permitted; draft briefs, motions, appeals; and conduct legal research on a variety of legal issues. There are no course requirements, but a person’s desire and willingness to learn are important.

    Course may be taken for: 3 (114 hours); 4 (150 hours); or 6 credits (225 hours)
    Courses required in addition to PR: None
    Courses recommended: Immigration preferred
    Other specific requirements: Spanish-speaking preferred, but not required

    Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid
    Minneapolis, MN

    Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid (MMLA) has 42 attorneys in the Minneapolis office and serves low-income people and people with disabilities in the following areas: child advocacy, civil rights, consumer, debtor and creditor, disability, education/school, elder law, employment, family law, health, housing, immigration/refugee, juvenile, litigation, public benefits, public interest and taxation. The MMLA Minneapolis Office Immigration Law Project (ILP) currently has 7 attorneys and 3 legal assistants, and an Immigration Volunteer Attorney Program. The ILP provides immigration legal representation in the areas of naturalization, lawful permanent residence (green cards), Temporary Protective Status (TPS), family reunification, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), U non-immigrant visas, and other immigration representation for immigrant victims of domestic abuse or sexual assault and some limited removal defense. Externs will perform the following duties: client interviewing, fact investigation, legal research and writing, administrative hearing representation at the Immigration Office, outreach and possibly legal presentations.

    Course may be taken for: 3 (114 hours); 4 (150 hours); or 6 credits (225 hours)
    Courses required: None
    Courses recommended: Immigration Law
    Other specific requirements: Experience working with immigrants and persons with low-income preferred. Spanish fluency also preferred, but not required.

    Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services-Refugee, Immigrant, and Migrant Services
    St. Paul, Minnesota

    The St. Paul office consists of three attorneys, an accredited representative, and a paralegal that work closely as a team to serve low-income clients in their immigration cases, focusing on naturalization cases, applications for permanent residence (green cards), family reunification, and domestic violence cases (VAWA and U visas). The student extern will work primarily on applications for U status for victims of crimes and applications for permanent residence for people in U status but could work on other types of cases as well. A student extern will perform client interviewing, client counseling, factual investigation, legal research, write legal research memoranda, and draft other legal documents. A student extern could also expect to observe an administrative interview at the Immigration Office, attend a naturalization ceremony, and observe a hearing at Immigration Court.

    Course may be taken for: 3 (114 hours); 4 (150 hours); or 6 credits (225 hours)
    Requirements in addition to PR: None
    Recommended courses: Immigration Law or Immigration Volunteer Experience
    Other specific requirements: Students who speak Spanish are preferred.

    Zimmer Law Group, LLC
    Minneapolis, MN

    Zimmer Law Group, LLC is a boutique immigration law office that strives to give its staff challenging opportunities for growth. Focus of practice is on all areas of immigration law including family-based, employment based, and removal defense. Office also assists clients with humanitarian relief such as asylum, withholding, torture convention relief, and Temporary Protected Status. Externs will perform client interviewing, client counseling, factual investigation, legal research, writing legal research memoranda, drafting other legal documents, organizing material for lawyer's use (e.g. assisting with trial notebooks).

    Course may be taken for: 3 (114 hours); 4 (150 hours); or 6 credits (225 hours)
    Requirements in addition to PR: None
    Recommended courses: Immigration Law
    Other specific requirements: An extern who is fluent in spoken and written Spanish is preferred.

    Private Attorney

    Classroom component: Tuesdays, 4:10-6:20 p.m.
    Professor Robert A. Kellermeier

    Available placement sites:

    Aase Law Firm, PLLC
    Maplewood MN

    Aase Law Firm, PLLC is a small personal injury firm located in Maplewood, MN. The firm has a focus on personal injury cases, such as car accidents and slip and fall cases. Students will have exposure to insurance coverage and benefits disputes and will be able to attend depositions and arbitrations. Students can expect to be involved in preparation of arbitration packets, ordering and reviewing medical records, taking client calls, preparing settlement demands, doing legal research and writing legal memoranda.

    Course may be taken for:
    3 credits (114 hours)
    Courses required (in addition to PR): Torts I
    Courses Recommended: Torts II
    Other Specific Requirements: It is better for students to have at least 2-hour blocks of time, maybe more.

    Barna, Guzy & Steffen, LTD.
    Coon Rapids, MN

    Barna, Guzy & Steffen is a mid-sized, long established and well respected Twin Cities law firm. The firm’s practice encompasses all areas of business and individual law. The externship at this firm is in the department that practices in the areas of estate planning, probate and tax.

    Course may be taken for:
    3 credits (114 hours)
    Courses required in addition to PR: None
    Courses recommended: None
    Other specific requirements: Interest in estate planning, probate and tax.

    Booth & Lavorato, LLC
    Minnetonka, MN

    Booth & Lavorato is a women-owned, four person law office specializing in education and employment law. The firm represents public schools in virtually every aspect of their work, including special education proceedings, data practices questions, student discipline matters, and a wide range of employment issues from discrimination to whistleblower claims. The general employment practice includes preparation of employment contracts, including non-compete agreements and other restrictive covenants; collective bargaining and administration of collective bargaining agreements; drafting employee handbooks; and issues arising under the wage and hour law. The practice is focused on preventive law whenever possible, and lawyers work closely with clients to contain the cost of legal services. The practice involves litigation in state and federal court.

    Externs will be involved in legal research, drafting of pleadings, preparation of training and educational materials. Externs will be invited to shadow depositions, court proceedings and appellate arguments; and will generally have some involvement in client meetings and communications.

    Course may be taken for:
    3 (114 hours); 4 (150 hours); or 6 credits (225 hours)
    Courses required in addition to PR: None
    Courses recommended: Administrative Law, Trial Practice
    Other specific requirements: Student should have an interest in Education Law.

    Brooks, Cameron & Huebsch, PLLC
    Minneapolis, MN

    This firm is a 21 attorney firm, which makes it the fourth largest patent law firm in the Twin Cities. They currently represent nine Fortune 500 companies as well as a mix of small to medium sized companies. Externs will work on patent prosecution projects under the supervision of attorneys.

    Course may be taken for:
    3 (114 hours), 4 (150 hours), or 6 credits (225 hours). Note: this firm prefers 6 credits (225 hours).
    Courses required in addition to PR: None
    Courses recommended: None
    Other specific requirements: Externs must have a science undergraduate degree with a background in physics, computer science or electrical engineering. The firm requires that an externship applicant interview with the firm to determine if the externship will be a good fit.

    Contreras, Edin & Associates, PLLC
    St. Paul, MN

    This office staffs two lawyers, four paralegals, three support staff, and two interns. All staff are bilingual. Practice focus is on immigration, criminal and select family law issues. Client base of Contreras Edin & Associates is mostly low to moderate income families. Externs will perform client interviews, attend hearings, sit through client interviews, and attend USCIS interviews.

    Course may be taken for:
    3 credits (114 hours)
    Courses required in addition to PR: None
    Courses recommended: None
    Other specific requirements: Externs should have a strong interest in immigrant issues, and professional responsibility.

    Engelmeier & Umanah, PA
    St. Cloud, MN and possibly Minneapolis upon approval of firm

    Engelmeier & Umanah is a 5 attorney firm with offices in St. Cloud and Minneapolis. The firm’s work is primarily in the broad categories of employment law, early childhood education law, business and corporate law for small and large businesses, estates and trust planning and administration, probate, tax disputes and litigation. The externship is focused primarily on the estate planning, probate and business areas of the law firm. The Extern will experience all phases of a law firm, including attending client meetings, drafting of documents and observation of litigation.

    Course may be taken for:
    3 (114 hours), 4 (150 hours), or 6 credits (225 hours)
    Courses required in addition to PR: None
    Courses recommended: None
    Other specific requirements: None

    Heley, Duncan & Melander, PLLP
    Bloomington, MN

    Heley, Duncan & Melander is a long established 12 attorney law firm in Bloomington, MN. The firm practices in the areas of Business and Commercial Litigation (including ADR and Appeals), Construction Law, Corporate Law and Real Estate Law. The Externship student will have experiences in a wide variety of the firm’s practice under the supervision of the firm’s attorneys.

    Course may be taken for:
    3 credits (114 hours)
    Courses required in addition to PR: None
    Courses recommended: None
    Other specific requirements: None

    JAG Corps
    Rosemont, MN

    Interns for the Minnesota National Guard Office of the Staff Judge Advocate work under JAG attorney supervision in virtually every practice area of the JAG Corps. Externs may be asked to draft briefs or opinions, interview witnesses, or assist in the preparation of administrative hearings. Externs also assist JAG Corps Attorneys who counsel and represent soldiers, their family members and retirees in personal legal matters in areas such as family law, estate planning, landlord/tenant law, tax, bankruptcy, immigration and naturalization law, and military administrative law.

    Course may be taken for:
    3 credits (114 hours)
    Courses required in addition to PR: Constitutional Law, Property
    Courses recommended: None
    Other specific requirements: Military interest must be evidenced. Clearance procedure needs to begin in early summer. Former military personnel preferred (to facilitate necessary clearance).

    Law Office of Sara M.G. Rojas, PLLC
    Minneapolis, MN

    This solo practitioner primarily practices in bankruptcy, employment and family law. An extern will have the ability to request assignments in a particular area of interest and the attorney mentor will try to accommodate him/her. Externs will assist with drafting complaints, petitions and motions; gathering information from clients and third-party sources; drafting and responding to discovery requests; and observing the operations of a fairly new small firm.

    Course may be taken for:
    3 (114 hours), 4 (150 hours), or 6 credits (225 hours)
    Courses required in addition to PR: None
    Courses recommended: Children and the law.
    Other specific requirements: Spanish language skills preferred; high energy students would be helpful.

    Law Office of Sivertson and Barrette, Ltd.
    St. Paul, MN

    This family firm, all HUSL graduates, handles a range of employment law issues on behalf of employees, including employment discrimination, sexual harassment, and employer retaliation; as well as personal injury litigation, professional licensing revocation disputes, will probate, estate planning and litigation, and lobbying. An extern student is most likely to be involved in employment law and civil litigation, gaining experience in client interviewing and counseling, case-related investigation, dispute resolution activity, document drafting, and litigation preparation and observation.

    Course may be taken for:
    3 (114 hours), 4 (150 hours), or 6 credits (225 hours)
    Courses required in addition to PR: None
    Courses recommended: Employment Law, Civil Litigation, Administrative Law. Strong research and writing skills preferred.
    Other specific requirements: None

    Minndivorce, Robin Dietz-Mayfield
    St. Paul, MN

    This solo practitioner focuses on marriage dissolution cases, temporary and permanent support arrangements, maintenance adjustments, domestic abuse matters, anti-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, child custody contests, adoptions and foster placements, grandparent/relatives rights, child abuse or abduction situations, and related family-based issues. Externs will receive intensive supervision and direction in family law and family court procedures as well as writing skills critique and observation opportunities.

    Course may be taken for:
    3 (114 hours), 4 (150 hours), or 6 credits (225 hours)
    Courses required in addition to PR: None
    Courses recommended: Family Law coursework or experience is preferred.
    Other specific requirements: None

    Moss & Barnett
    Minneapolis, MN

    Moss & Barnett, established at the start of the 20th century, has helped shape the practice of law in Minnesota and has grown into a national practice. The firm practices in business law, employment law, family law, intellectual property, litigation, real estate, technology law, estate planning and many other complementary areas of the law. The Extern will be working in the Family Law Department of the firm. The Externship will have experiences in all areas of family law including observation of hearings and meetings, legal research, and the preparation of family law related documents, pleadings and discovery.

    Course may be taken for:
    3 (114 hours), 4 (150 hours), or 6 credits (225 hours). NOTE: This firm prefers 6 credits (225 hours) to allow the student to have a broad range of experiences.
    Courses required in addition to PR: None
    Courses recommended: None
    Other specific requirements: None

    Public Interest

    Classroom component: Fridays, 11:30 a.m.-1:40 p.m.
    Professor Caroline Palmer

    Available Placement Sites:

    ACLU of Minnesota
    St. Paul, MN

    The ACLU-MN works on civil liberties/civil rights litigation and informal advocacy to fulfill its mission which is to protect the constitutional rights of all Minnesotans. ACLU-MN has two attorneys on staff and works with numerous cooperating attorneys in the community for its primary practice area of constitutional law. A student extern could expect to be involved in legal projects involving constitutional rights including: freedom of speech, free exercise of religion, Fourth Amendment Rights, Equal Protection, Due Process, prisoner’s rights, reproductive freedom, and challenging police misconduct. A student working in the office should expect field experience including complaint intake, fact investigations, legal research, informal advocacy on behalf of prisoners, formal demand letters, and drafting legal documents and memoranda. The extern will use legal skills such as: factual investigation, legal research, writing legal research memoranda and drafting other legal documents.

    Course may be taken for: 3 (114 hours), 4 (150 hours), or 6 credits (225 hours)
    Courses required in addition to PR: Constitutional Law II
    Courses recommended: Criminal Procedure

    Breaking Free
    St. Paul, MN  

    Breaking Free has two attorneys on staff (there are 10 full-time staff and 4 part-time staff). The student will be involved in the expansion of the Breaking Free Criminal Justice Advocacy Program for victims with ongoing criminal cases. This will entail client intake, coordination with Breaking Free advocates, accompanying clients to court (not representing clients), and legal and policy research. In addition, the student will take on responsibilities in the Volunteer Lawyers Network Pro Bono Legal Clinic housed at Breaking Free (with a primary focus on family law, expungements and housing law). The student will do extensive legal and policy research on client confidentiality obligations, mandated reporting for minors, and sexual assault advocacy in the criminal justice system. The student’s final project will be a memorandum with recommendations for the Criminal Justice Advocacy Program. Students will gain experience interviewing clients who have been trafficked/exploited, doing factual investigation, and accompanying clients to court as a non-attorney advocate from Breaking Free.. The extern will perform legal research, write legal research memoranda, organize material for lawyer’s use (e.g. assist with trial notebooks) and advocate in court/hearings.

    Course may be taken for: 3 (114 hours), 4 (150 hours), or 6 credits (225 hours)
    Courses required in addition to PR: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence
    Courses recommended: Family Law
    Other specific requirements: The student must have prior experience working with victims of sex trafficking, sexual assault or domestic violence – preferably having volunteer experience at Breaking Free (in any capacity). The student must also be willing to complete 40 hours of crisis counseling training (during the summer) to qualify as a sexual assault advocate under Minn. Stat. 595.02. Breaking Free will interview the student candidate to determine if the position is a good fit.

    Central Minnesota Legal Services
    Minneapolis, MN

    The Minneapolis office has seven lawyers, three legal assistants and two support staff. Central Minnesota Legal Services is a poverty law firm serving low-income people in Hennepin and Anoka Counties. CMLS also has offices in St. Cloud and Willmar. This externship will be in the Minneapolis office. CMLS has a collaborative and friendly office environment. Its primary areas of practice are family law, housing, public benefits and other public interest related areas. Student externs would definitely be involved in family law work. Depending on interest, a student could just focus on family law during an externship or have a more general experience with housing and public benefits cases in addition to family law cases. A student could expect to obtain experience in interviewing clients, drafting legal documents, doing some legal research and writing, and learning courtroom skills.

    Course may be taken for: 3 (114 hours), 4 (150 hours), or 6 credits (225 hours)
    Courses required in addition to PR: Family law
    Courses recommended: Poverty law, exposure to Housing Law and Public Benefits is helpful
    Other Specific Requirements: It is helpful if the student is eligible for Supreme Court Certification for Student Practice.

    Indian Child Welfare Law Center
    Minneapolis, MN

    The ICWA Law Center is a small nonprofit office (3 attorneys, governed by the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978,) that works with the Indian community to preserve and reunite Indian families by providing culturally appropriate legal services to children, parents, extended family members and tribes. It also serves as a community development resource for Indian Child Welfare Act education, advocacy and public policy. The agency’s primary areas of practice are Family Law, Juvenile Law, Native American/American Indian and Gaming Law, and Public Interest Law. The substantive areas of practice are in Juvenile Protection, Family Law and Tribal Law. Students will be able to observe and appear in court hearings including EPC, admit/deny, pretrial and review hearings. Students will have some choice in how much they appear in court. The extern will use the following skills: client interviewing, client counseling, factual investigation, legal research, writing legal research memoranda, drafting other legal documents, organizing materials for lawyer’s use (e.g. assisting with trial notebooks, and advocating in court/hearings.

    Course may be taken for: 3 (114 hours) or 4 credits (150 hours)
    Courses required in addition to PR: None
    Courses recommended: Children and the Law
    Other Specific Requirements: It is helpful if the student is eligible for Supreme Court Certification for Student Practice.

    Minnesota AIDS Project
    Minneapolis, MN

    The Minnesota AIDS Project is a smaller office (one lawyer, one social security paralegal, one legal assistant, and two-four law students) that works with people living with HIV and HIV related legal issues. The bulk of the work at Minnesota AIDS Project is in debtor/creditor, estate planning, social security disability, and individual rights – particularly privacy and advising about rights and stigma. Students take the lead with debtor creditor and estate planning work. They also work with the attorney around individual rights issues with research and client education. Students can also work on social security cases. Students can also observe immigration clinics and assist with follow-up work arising from those clinics. Students will perform client interviewing, client counseling, factual investigation, legal research, and drafting legal documents. The student extern will also gain experience in estate planning, social security disability, and individual rights issues.

    Course may be taken for:
    3 (114 hours), 4 (150 hours), or 6 credits (225 hours)
    Requirements in addition to PR: None
    Recommended courses: Wills and Estates, Employment, Public Benefits
    Other Specific Requirements: Comfort working with a very diverse population and experience with HIV is beneficial.

    Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault
    St. Paul, MN

    The law and policy program is run by one lawyer with no direct services to clients (part of an agency with 12 staff members who work in areas of system advocacy, sexual violence prevention, and related issues). The focus is on public policy, systems advocacy, research and technical assistance. Externs will perform legal research, write legal research memoranda, attend meetings and trainings, engage in policy research in anticipation of the next legislative session, and assist with technical questions from professionals.

    Course may be taken for:
    3 (114 hours), 4 (150 hours), or 6 credits (225 hours)
    Requirements in addition to PR: Criminal Law, Legal Research and Writing
    Recommended courses: Criminal Procedure, Civil Procedure, Administrative Law and Evidence
    Other Specific Requirements: It is helpful, but not required, that the student have some experience working or volunteering in the areas of sexual assault or domestic abuse victim advocacy.
     

    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) – Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Division (FHEO)
    Minneapolis, MN

    The Minneapolis Field Office of HUD has approximately 80-90 employees and the FHEO Division has 3 investigators (including one licensed attorney). The HUD Office has a variety of clients, including the general public, developers, housing authorities, cities, counties, the state, non-profits, and other organizations. The divisions within the office work cooperatively together to achieve HUD’s mission: the creation of equal housing opportunities for all persons by administering laws that prohibit housing discrimination in America. The FHEO administers federal laws (including the Federal Fair Housing Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, among others) and establishes national policies that make sure all Americans have equal access to the housing of their choice. Specifically, the Minneapolis Field Office works with other government agencies on fair housing issues; interprets policy; processes complaints; performs compliance reviews; offers technical assistance to local housing authorities and community development agencies; and works with the private industry and community advocates on the promotion of voluntary fair housing compliance.

    Course may be taken for: 3 (114 hours), 4 (150 hours), or 6 credits (225 hours)
    Requirements in addition to PR: Legal Research and Writing
    Recommended courses: Constitutional Law and Property Law

    Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services
    St. Paul, MN

    SMRLS is a legal aid office representing low-income clients on a range of civil issues, such as fair housing, landlord-tenant law, and subsidized housing issues. Externs will perform legal research, write research memorandums, and will likely have the opportunity to observe administrative and court hearings. Externs at this site can expect to be involved in fair housing, landlord-tenant law, and subsidized housing issues

    Course may be taken for:
    3 (114 hours) or 4 credits (150 hours)
    Requirements in addition to PR: None.
    Recommended courses: None, but clinical experience is helpful.
    Other Specific Requirements: Past experience working with low-income clients is beneficial.
     

    Additional pending placements will be added as we receive confirmation.