law links wraps up 20th anniversary internship
Started back in 1994, and modeled after a similar program in St. Louis, Law Links has created unique opportunities for youth to work in paid, summer internships. Twenty years later, 765 young people have been hired as summer interns with area law firms and law-related agencies.
The program boasts a 98+% success rate among our interns, due in large part to three factors: returning employers who are familiar with the program, professional attire provided to interns, and the Law & Leadership Orientation and weekly Institute.
Since the program's start on June 23, this summer's interns have met with the Honorable Emanuel Brown, the Honorable Yvonne Holt-Stone, the Honorable Catherine O'Malley, as well as a number of attorneys, including: Sam Tarver, Ethics Attorney for the Federal Bureau of Prisons; Katrin Hussmann, Director of Admissions for UM Law; Thiru Vignarajah, Chief of Major Investigations for the Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office, Chip Bjorklund, Veritext, Commissioner John Daily, Baltimore City District Court, and Officer Sam Hood, Director of CitiWatch. Interns have visited CitiWatch, District Court, the Crime & Punishment Museum, and the First Amendment Center's Newseum. (See photos)
The law links internship at a glance
The 2014 Law Links Yearbook
Law Links is a paid, full-time, summer internship offered to Baltimore City high school students. The mission of Law Links is to create summer employment for high school students in law firms and law-related agencies; provide students with an opportunity to learn more about the professional world, the legal system, and law-related careers; and to provide meaningful work experience that teaches the soft skills necessary to success in college and career.
Beginning in June and ending in August, interns work full-time for 7 weeks in private law firms, non-profit law departments, and law agencies throughout the city. As part of the internship, students also participate in the Law & Leadership Institute - a 50-hour educational seminar that begins with a 2 1/2 day orientation and resumes each Wednesday morning. The Institute is held at the University of Maryland School of Law.
The internship is much more than a summer-jobs program: it is designed to effectively prepare young people to work in a professional setting. As part of their participation in Law Links, youth are outfitted with professional attire from either Ann Taylor or Joseph A. Banks. This removes the question of "appropriate" professional dress, and also ensures no student is at a financial disadvantage in purchasing business attire when beginning the internship.
The Law Links Internship was initiated in Baltimore City in 1994; over the years, and dependent on funding, Law Links expanded to include other counties. It currently runs in Baltimore City, and is available to rising juniors and seniors who attend city public high schools. Including this year's class, seven hundred and forty eight students have been offered internships, and more than 98% of the youth have successfully completed the program.
THANK YOU 2014 SUPPORTERS