For eight weeks this summer, Maryland high school students will work as interns in local law firms and law-related agencies. Through LAW LINKS, the Maryland State Bar Association's (MSBA) student/law firm internship program, thirty-one (31) high school students in Baltimore City, and twenty-two (22) in Prince George's County, will have the opportunity to serve as law firm interns and be paid for their summer employment. MSBA offers this internship annually to give young people a paid professional and educational summer experience.
Law firms and law-related agencies in both jurisdictions have volunteered to hire a LAW LINKS student for the summer, paying the intern for eight weeks of work, plus the time the intern devotes to education. In addition to summer employment, LAW LINKS also includes an educational component to give young people a comprehensive learning experience. The students are paid to work in a professional setting while they acquire professional, communication and interpersonal skills through the Law Leadership Institute.
In the last six years, 308 of the 314 students participating in MSBA's public service program have completed the internship, and many have gone on to college. MSBA's educational arm, the Citizenship Law-Related Education Program in Maryland Schools, serves as LAW LINKS' administrator and presents the Institute, the educational component of the program. The 2001 LAW LINKS internship runs from June 25 - August 17.