MVLS is the largest provider of pro bono legal services to Maryland’s working poor. Since our founding in 1981, MVLS volunteer lawyers have accepted more than 75,000 pro bono cases. Experienced volunteer lawyers are drawn from every sector of Maryland’s legal community and include partners in the largest law firms, solo practitioners, corporate counsel and government attorneys.
Our team works daily to level the playing field for unrepresented people in family law disputes, housing cases, denial of public benefits and many more civil legal matters. We are looking for people to join our team who are committed to justice for all and want to achieve fairness in the administration of our justice system. A demonstrated commitment to public interest work is essential.
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 to place law student interns with our program whether they are funded through a fellowship program or are seeking academic credit for the internship. We offer a wide variety of experiences, including client intake, legal research and writing, advocacy, and legal clinic work.
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 internships are unpaid. If you are interested in an internship with MVLS, please contact Susan Francis, Deputy Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 443-451-4084.