FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - June 16, 2000
Contact: Janet Eveleth
MSBA PR (410) 685-7878 ext. 225

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO WORK AS SUMMER INTERNS IN MARYLAND LAW FIRMS

A record number of high school students will serve as law firm interns this summer through the Maryland State Bar Association's (MSBA) Law Links 2000 student/law firm internship program. Over sixty-five (65) law firms and law-related agencies in Baltimore City and Howard and Prince George's Counties have volunteered to give local high school students the opportunity to work as law firm interns and be paid for eight (8) weeks of summer employment. The firms also give the students time off with pay each week to participate in the educational component of the internship.

This year, forty (40) high school juniors and seniors are Law Links interns in Baltimore City, twenty (20) have signed up in Prince George's County, and six (6) are serving in Howard County. Over 300 young people have served as Law Links interns since MSBA launched the program in 1994. Baltimore City's internship starts June 19 and the programs in the two counties commence June 26. All internships begin with an in depth orientation for students and law firms in their respective jurisdictions. 

Law Links is a comprehensive learning experience that teaches young people what it is like to work in the professional world. In addition to summer employment, the firms pay the students for their time at the Law and Leadership Institute, where they learn professional, communication and interpersonal skills.

MSBA's educational arm, the Citizenship Law-Related Education Program in Maryland Schools, serves as the Law Links' administrator and presents the Institute. Law Links provides professional attire for all interns.

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