Student Internship MCLA (2026)

Maryland Center for Legal Assistance

Location

Baltimore, MD

Category

Intern

Posted

June 17, 2022

Type

Part-Time

Description/Duties

Maryland Center for Legal Assistance (MCLA) provides life-changing civil legal assistance to eligible residents in every part of the State. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Maryland Legal Aid, the Maryland Center for Legal Assistance does not receive funds from the Legal Services Corporation. Through a contract with the Administrative Office of the Courts, MCLA operates the District Court Help Resource Centers in Baltimore City, Catonsville, Glen Burnie, Rockville, Upper Marlboro, and Salisbury and the Maryland Courts Help Centers in Annapolis and Frederick. Through a separate contract, MCLA also operates the Family Law Help Center located at the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County.  The Help Centers deal with a wide range of civil legal matters, including landlord-tenant, consumer matters such as debt collection and credit card cases, child support, and criminal record expungements to remove barriers to obtaining housing, employment, and child custody.

Summary:

The student intern/volunteer, under the supervision of a licensed attorney, gains exposure to the challenges and opportunities of providing civil legal services to those most in need; learns about basic policies and procedures of legal practice, office administration, and non-profit management; learns how to draft pleadings and motions; interviews clients using and applying basic interviewing techniques; develops trust with clients; conducts legal research; provides referrals to appropriate legal services agencies, organizations and lawyer referral services wherever appropriate; engages in direct interaction with pro se litigants to support Maryland Justice Passport Coordinators, learns how to complete administrative forms; ensures complete disclosure and identifies sensitive issues; assists with special research or other projects and tasks as assigned.

Although a law student’s responsibilities will vary, the position will typically work on topics related to Landlord and Tenant matters, Family Law matters (Divorce, Custody, Child Support and Guardianship), Civil Claims, Expungement and Shielding of Records, Consumer matters, Return of Property, Domestic Violence/Peace Orders, and Foreclosure in connection with civil cases

Professional development opportunities provided through this internship include training in housing, consumer, and family law and cultural competency; networking opportunities with community partners in the local area; opportunities to participate in interactions with litigants and courthouse personnel, and more.

Duration: 

Maximum of 15 hours per week for ten weeks during the semester.

 

 

Skills/Qualifications

Qualifications: 

  • A junior or senior college/university student or a law school student; all majors will be considered.
  • Prior experience and/or interest working with low-income populations.
  • Prior experience and/or interest in law or providing non-profit civil legal services.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • An interest in dispute resolution and legal advocacy.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member in a fast-paced, cross-cultural environment with a diverse client base.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook) and web-based applications.
  • Ability to work within an office environment and have regular interaction via in-person, telephone, videoconference, IM, and email.

Compensation

This is an unpaid internship position. Applicants may receive credit for service completed through their school program.

How To Apply

Please submit your resume, cover letter, writing samples and references, demonstrating what interests you about this position and how your skills/experiences can contribute to the delivery of civil legal services to Maryland residents in need.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until positions are filled.

Apply for Intern - Student using the link below:

https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=9156664a-1a51-4897-90b5-51213a0ce138&ccId=2031057926_2537&jobId=439631&lang=en_US&source=CC4

**A RESUME AND COVER LETTER ARE REQUIRED TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION**