Alumni volunteer and service opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Mentorship Program
  • Mock Interviews
  • Job Shadowing
  • More…

See the all the ways you can volunteer

Give back, help students, connect with alumni

William Mitchell needs you! We have a variety of ways you can give back, help students, and connect with fellow alumni based on your interests and your availability.

From working directly with students to speaking at events to serving on committees to helping us raise funds, you can get involved at Mitchell. Thanks to all of our current volunteers and those of you considering additional or new ways of serving Mitchell. We appreciate your interest and support!

If a particular opportunity is filled and we can’t call on you right away, we’ll keep your name on file. Note that some opportunities may have separate application processes.

Learn more about how you can…

Work directly with students

  • Mitchell Mentors
  • Adjunct faculty
  • Externship Program Supervising Attorney
  • Job Shadowing
  • Competition coach (Moot Court, Negotiation, Client Counseling Competitions)
  • Moot Court Competition judge
  • Informational interviews
  • Mock interviews
  • Networking events

Speak at an event

  • Meet Mitchell Day Panel on Life After Mitchell
  • Admissions Open House
  • Speak to students at Face Time
  • Career Panel

Serve on a board or committee

  • Alumni Association Board of Directors
  • Golf Committee
  • Tomljanovich Tea for Women in Law Planning Committee

Help with fundraising

  • Mitchell@Work program team captain

Work directly with students

Mitchell Mentors

More about Mitchell Mentors

Apply:
Application is only available from July-August

This program assists first-year students in their transition to law school by pairing two alumni co-mentors and one upper-class student mentor with a group of three first-year students for discussions and advice about how to brief cases for class discussion, how to study for exams, how to maintain a life outside of law school, which classes to take, and anything else the students have questions about.

Alumni needed: Depends on the number of first-year students who sign up, but generally we need about 100-120 alumni who graduated between two to six years ago. Because this is an academic-year program, we solicit volunteers during the summer for the following school year.

Hours required: Varies, but most groups get together three to four times as a group and additionally with individual students. You should expect to devote approximately 2-3 hours/month.

Time period: From September-April (academic year)

Events to attend: 2 on campus (September Kick-off event; January Thaw event), plus additional events or meetings organized by each group.

More information:

See Mitchell Mentors
or contact Sharon.Goodyear @wmitchell.edu
651-290-7508

The Hachey Initiative is an effort started by the Alumni Association board of directors to bring together one of Mitchell’s greatest resources—our alumni—to share their time, expertise, resources, and knowledge to help Mitchell students and recent alumni find jobs.

Mitchell uses many adjunct faculty members. Depending on the amount of time you to wish commit, we have periodic needs for doctrinal adjuncts to teach individual substantive courses, writing and representation adjuncts to work with small WRAP and Advocacy sections, clinic and field supervisors for our clinics, and individuals to critique students in our Practicum courses.

Alumni needed: While our adjunct faculty base is fairly stable, we employ nearly 300 adjuncts in a given year. Any alumni with at least two years post-JD work experience and an interest in teaching should consider applying.

Hours Required: Varies from a few hours/semester to 10–20 hours/week for a semester span.

Time Period: At least a full semester commitment, i.e., late August–December or early January–May.

More information:

See WRAP on our website
and Advocacy on our website

externship Program

Apply:
Alumni Volunteer Form

An Independent Externship is a for-credit course in which the student takes responsibility for much of his or her own learning by working in field placement sites under the guidance of a field supervisor and faculty supervisor. Placement can be with for-profit or nonprofit entities, such as law firms, corporations, county and state offices, and nonprofit agencies.

Alumni needed: Unlimited

Hours required: Varies by externship

Time period: Varies by externship

More information:

See Independent Externships on our website
or contact Carolyn.Grose@wmitchell.edu
651-290-6406

Job Shadow

Apply:
Alumni Volunteer Form

Allow a student to shadow you at work and gain insight into the real-life work day of a practicing attorney.

Alumni needed: 50+ (in specific locations such as St. Cloud, Rochester, and Minneapolis-St. Paul, which may vary from year to year).

Hours required: ½ or full day.

Time period: Fall Break in October or Spring Break in March.

Events to attend: none (student will come to you).

More information:

Contact Sharon.Goodyear @wmitchell.edu
651-290-7508

Competition Coach

Moot Court, Negotiation, Client Counseling Competitions

Apply:
Alumni Volunteer Form

Mitchell officially participates in 15–20 intraschool, regional, and national moot courts and competitions annually. We occasionally need individuals to take over the coaching duties for a specific moot court or competition. The coaches select and coach the Mitchell teams for the competitions and travel with the teams to regional and national moot courts and competitions.

Alumni needed: Varies by year. Former competitors are the ideal pool or, for subject-specific moot courts, alumni with expertise in that area of law.

Hours required: At least 10–20 hours/week during the moot court’s or competition’s period.

Time period: Competitions and moot courts generally fall into either a fall or spring period. The fall period is typically September–November; the spring period is typically January–March.

Events to attend: Team meetings and practices at least one to three times/week and three to four days out-of-town travel for regional or national competitions.

More information:

Contact Renate.Behrendt@wmitchell.edu or call

651-290-6467

Competition Judge

Apply:
Alumni Volunteer Form

Experienced attorneys and judges are needed to act as members of three to five judge panels for various intraschool and regional moot court and lawyering skills competitions hosted by the College. Additionally, if we are hosting a regional appellate moot court competition, we need attorneys and judges willing to read and score moot court briefs.

Alumni needed: Any interested alumni, especially former moot court competitors. Moot courts have a specific case within a specific area of law and this can vary from year to year, so knowledge in the area of law for the current topic is necessary for brief-scoring judges.

Hours required: 4–10 hours

Time period: Generally weekends in October–November and/or February–April.

Events to attend: One or two per calendar year.

More information:

Contact Renate.Behrendt@wmitchell.edu or call

651-290-6467

Informational Interviews

Apply:
Alumni Volunteer Form

Allow students or alumni to meet with you and ask questions about your work.

Alumni needed: Varies (depends on student or alumni requests).

Hours required: Varies (but you can determine how much time you have available).

Time period: Varies (depends on student or alumni requests).

Events to attend: None (student or alum will come to you).

More information:

Contact Sharon.Goodyear @wmitchell.edu
651-290-7508

Mock Interviews

Apply:
Alumni Volunteer Form

Provide students with an opportunity to practice their interview skills prior to on-campus interviews and other recruitment programs. Generally, attorneys meet with two to four students individually for 30 minutes each (20 minute mock interview and 10 minutes of feedback).

Alumni needed: 25+

Hours required: 2–3

Time Period: Day and evening September (OCI Preparation); January or Spring Semester (MJF Public Interest Clerkships and MSBA Minority Clerkships).

Events to attend: 1

More information:

Contact Sharon.Goodyear @wmitchell.edu
651-290-7508

Speak at an event

meet mitchell Day Panel

Life after Mitchell

Apply:
Alumni Volunteer Form

Alumni speak to groups of admitted students (some already committed to attending Mitchell; some still deciding) about their life since graduation, what their Mitchell education provided them, and ideas or tips about how to make it through law school from the vantage point of having made it successfully through to the end.

Alumni needed: Five to six alumni with diverse backgrounds (FT and PT students, working in the private sector/public sector, big firm/solo practice, etc.).

Hours required: 5–6 hours

Time period: There is usually one Meet Mitchell Day in March and another in April. Volunteers usually speak at one event.

Events to attend: One

More information:

Contact Alison Morris @wmitchell.edu
651-290-6452

Admissions Information Session (Open House)

Apply:
Alumni Volunteer Form

Together with current students, alumni speak to groups of prospective students (usually thinking about applying, or in the process of applying) about life as a Mitchell student and what their Mitchell education provided them. There is some curiosity about life since graduation, but students attending an Open House are more interested in learning about how to make law school work in their lives and are very appreciative of hearing from people who have done it successfully.

Alumni needed: One

Hours required: 2–3 hours

Time period: There are usually five to six Open Houses each academic year; Open Houses are not held in the summer.

Events to attend: One

More information:

Contact Julie.Ekkers @wmitchell.edu
651-290-6434

Career Panel

Apply:
Alumni Volunteer Form

Speak to students about your life as a lawyer in your particular practice area (family law, securities litigation, real estate, “non-traditional”) or practice setting (non-profit, big law firm, solo practice) to help students understand various career opportunities.

Alumni needed: Varies

Hours required: 2–3 hours

Time period: Usually scheduled during an afternoon or early evening.

Events to attend: One

More information:

Contact Karen.VanderSanden @wmitchell.edu
651-695-7606

Networking Events

The Office of Career and Professional Development sponsors informal networking events on campus for students and new graduates to meet alumni attorneys. By meeting in an informal setting, students become more comfortable using their networking skills and learn about different practice areas and settings, including alternative careers. These informal meetings can lead to meeting with the attorney for lunch or an informational interview at a later time.

Alumni needed: 15–20 alumni at each networking event

Hours required: 1–2 hours

Time period: September event (for new grads who take the July bar exam); Spring event (for new grads who take the February bar exam)

More information:

Contact Sharon.Goodyear @wmitchell.edu
651-290-7508

Serve on a board or committee

Alumni Association

Board of Directors

Apply:
Alumni Volunteer Form

Vacant positions on the alumni board are filled through a nomination process that usually occurs January–February annually.

The alumni board serves as a link between the alumni community and the school, providing guidance to the school on issues related to alumni and promoting mutually beneficial connections between the school and its alumni, and among the alumni community.

Alumni needed: Twenty-one alumni serve on the alumni board at a time, but the number of vacant positions varies from year to year, and is generally no more than three to four each year.

Hours required:Varies, depending on role on board (officer or member) and committee assignments, but minimum of approximately 20–30 hours per year.

Time period: Terms are for three years, and members may serve up to three consecutive terms.

Events to attend: Four board meetings a year, plus committee meetings and attendance at additional school events.

More information:

See Alumni Board on our website

or contact Alison.Morris @wmitchell.edu
651-290-6452

Golf Committee

Apply:
Alumni Volunteer Form

Help plan and ensure the success of the annual alumni golf tournament by recruiting players, sponsors, and prize donors.

Alumni needed: 12–15

Hours required: 10–15 hours plus afternoon of golf

Time period: February–May

Events to attend: Two to three meetings, plus the golf tournament

More information:

see Golf Tournament on our website

or contact Alison.Morris @wmitchell.edu
651-290-6452

tomljanovich tea for women in law planning Committee

Apply:
Alumni Volunteer Form

Help plan the annual Women in Law CLE and Tea by serving on a planning committee.

Alumni needed: 20–30

Hours required: Approximately 3-5 (depends on what committee you serve on and what role you take on)

Time period: January–April

Events to attend: one to two meetings, plus CLE and Tea

More information:

See Women in Law Tea on our website

or contact Alison.Morris @wmitchell.edu
651-290-6452

Help with fundraising

Mitchell@Work Program

Team Captain

Apply:
Alumni Volunteer Form

Lead efforts in your firm or organization to encourage 100 percent of Mitchell alumni to give to the Annual Fund. Enter into a friendly competition with others who are also striving to increase their participation rates. Firms and organizations with at least 10 Mitchell alumni are welcome to participate in this program.

Alumni needed: At least one captain at each firm/business with 10 or more Mitchell alumni.

Hours required: Varies

Time period: March–June

Events to attend: None

More information:

See Mitchell@Work on our website

or contact Allison.Burke @wmitchell.edu
651-695-7608