Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS), founded in 1981, is the oldest and largest volunteer legal services organization in Maryland. The mission of MVLS is to remove barriers to justice through free civil legal help, community engagement, and advocacy for equitable laws. We achieve this goal primarily through our core pro bono program and more targeted programs that serve specialized legal needs.
MVLS’s core values are teamwork, passion for MVLS’s mission, commitment to clients, volunteers, and community partners, initiative and commitment to eliminate systemic barriers to justice based on race and economic disparities. MVLS is committed to fostering an inclusive culture in the workplace. Our work to end barriers to justice starts with increasing the racial diversity of our staff to better reflect the communities we serve.
“MVLS was able to make the necessary changes to help combat COVID-19 and still provide the instruction and support necessary for an aspiring paralegal.”
-Sydney Logan, Former MVLS Intern
MVLS strives to provide learning opportunities and practical experience to law students who will be the next generation of pro bono volunteers and public interest lawyers. The MVLS team works closely with administrators at both the University of Maryland Carey School of Law and the University of Baltimore Law School and other law schools to place law student interns with our program whether they are funded through a fellowship program, seeking academic credit, or are seeking practical experience to grow their legal skills. We offer a wide variety of experiences, including client intake, legal research and writing, advocacy, and legal clinic work.
Looking to do an externship for credit or pursing a summer public interest position with a stipend? MVLS can help you with both of these. MVLS internships are unpaid, but we participate in both the University of Maryland and University of Baltimore Law Schools’ public interest summer programs, where students can receive summer stipends of over $4,000 for 400 hours of work. We also participate in externship programs where you can obtain credit through your law school. If you are interested in an internship with MVLS, please contact Margaret Henn, Director of Program Management, at email@example.com or 443-451-4067.
Our program depends on our team of intake paralegals who answer our intake lines, review client applications, and enlist the help of pro bono lawyers to accept our cases. Without them, our program would not be able to serve over one thousand clients every year. We encourage paralegal students to apply for internships with MVLS. We offer an excellent training ground and help students develop essential communication skills.
MVLS will also consider volunteer requests from college and high school students, who are able to commit to a consistent volunteer schedule over an extended amount of time.
MVLS is an equal opportunity employer. MVLS does not discriminate against any applicant for employment or any employee because of such individual’s race, nationality, ethnicity, age, religion, disability status, sex assigned at birth, gender identity, gender presentation, immigration status, or sexual orientation.