Law Student of the Year: Rajin S. Olson, University of Minnesota

Rajin Olson has been working in the Center For New Americans (CNA) as a student attorney for more than two years. While his interests and activities are varied, Olson consistently works to assist otherwise marginalized people, primarily immigrants, to understand and assert their rights. 

As a student attorney, Olson has represented clients in immigration detention hearings, written portions of briefs to the Board of Immigration Appeals, and served as a mentor to incoming law clinic students. He presently holds the title of Student Director in the Detainee Rights Clinic and, in that capacity, assists student attorneys with case management.

“He is going to be a great lawyer,” said Laura Thomas, Law Clinic Director. “We are fortunate that he chose to start his training here at the University of Minnesota Law School where he has chosen to invest himself in programs that truly benefit our society.”

Outside of the law clinic, Olson has worked with the Minnesota Detention Project to provide pro se materials to detained individuals and helped evaluate such individuals for potential representation. He serves as Treasurer of the South Asian Law Students Association, he is Symposium Editor of the Minnesota Law Review, and he has consistently volunteered with the Asylum Law Project.

Olson is one of 25 future lawyers honored in the National Jurist’s inaugural “Law Student of the Year” feature.