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High School Students Serve as Summer Law Firm Interns

~Law Links returns~

This summer, 35 high school students are serving as Law Links interns in law firms and law-related agencies in Baltimore City and on the lower Eastern Shore of Maryland. Law Links, an educational experience that prepares young people for college and the professional business world, began in late June and runs through mid-August. Every year, MSBA presents this innovative summer student/law firm internship as a public service program.

MSBA's student/law firm internship offers young people summer employment and a comprehensive learning experience, linking them with attorneys in an educational and professional setting. Law Links is an excellent working, educational and career-developing experience for young people. It is one of the few youth summer job programs in the area that provides a professional setting for youth employment, providing interns with a well-rounded professional and educational experience.

Through Law Links, high school juniors and seniors work as law firm interns and are paid for seven weeks of summer employment by the law firms and law-related agencies. The student interns are given time off with pay every week to participate in the educational component of the internship, the Law and Leadership Institute. This year, the University of Maryland School of Law is co-sponsoring Law Links.

The Citizenship Law-Related Education Program (CLREP), MSBA's educational arm in the schools, offers the Law and Leadership Institute. Every year, CLREP serves as Law Links' administrator to offer the interns professional educational and training skills. The Institute focuses on everything from workplace issues, career goals and cultural diversity to communication skills and business etiquette. CLREP's staff guides and mentors the interns, sponsors field trips and invites prominent judges, attorneys and other officials to address the interns.

Since its inception in 1994, over 535 high school students have participated in this summer law firm internship. Many have gone on to college, and a few have selected law as a career.

Over 500 law firms and law-related agencies have supported and participated in Law Links as well, in addition to many bar leaders and members of the Law Links Committee that plans the internship each year. All of these legal volunteers have found the experience to be most worthwhile. Many serve as mentors to the young people and keep in touch after the internship concludes each August.

"Law Links began as a vision of the MSBA leadership, to create a program where law firms and law-related agencies would reach out to the community and offer an opportunity to our young people to learn and work in a professional setting," states Ellery "Rick" Miller, Jr., CLREP's Executive Director. "We emphasized to the first group of interns and each subsequent group that they would need to seize the opportunity and provide ‘value added' to the firms and agencies they worked in."

"Law Links has far exceeded its original vision and become a partnership of the Bar Associations, Maryland and University of Baltimore Law Schools, the Association of Legal Administrators and law firms and agencies," Miller adds. "The past interns have paved the way for this year's group, who will hopefully pave the way into future years."

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