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Martin Luther King Jr. Internship & Fellowship Program

2014 Martin Luther King Program Summer Interns

   2014 Martin Luther King Program Summer Interns

The Martin Luther King, Jr. program was established in 1991 to promote cultural and ethnic diversity in legal services and to honor Dr. King. The MLK Program offers summer internships throughout the PA Legal Aid Network for rising second and third year law students. The Program was enhanced in 2003 by adding two-year Fellowships by which minority attorneys, new to practice, are hired by a sponsoring regional or specialty program and receive loan repayment assistance. The program is an integral part of our goal to initiate new lawyers to a commitment of providing access to justice for all individuals who have nowhere else to turn.


Martin Luther King Jr. Fellowship Program

In 2003, an evaluation of the Martin Luther King Jr. Summer Internship Program revealed that while the internship experience has been a very positive one for PLAN, students, clients and programs; the goal to enhance cultural and ethnic diversity within the programs was not being realized.

In response, PLAN created the Martin Luther King Jr. Fellowship program in 2004. In partnership with a sponsoring regional or specialty program, law school graduates and attorneys who are new to practice are hired as full-time staff attorneys for a two-year fellowship.

Fellows are assigned mentors and supervised by experienced attorneys. Salary and benefits are determined by the host program.

In addition, loan repayment assistance up to $11,000 is available during the first two years of employment.

PLAN hired the first MLK Fellows in fall of 2004.

The MLK Fellowship is not a two year limited employment program. It is intended to support and promote new lawyers who are interested in a long term public interest career.

Third year and recent law school graduates may indicate their interest in the MLK Fellowship program by sending a letter expressing interest, a resume, a writing samples and three (3) references to:

MLK Fellowship
Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network
118 Locust Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101


Martin Luther King Jr. Summer Internship Program

Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Summer Internships are available at Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network programs across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania during the summer months for law students who are social justice oriented and desire an opportunity to make a difference.

The MLK Internship is an integral part of the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network goal to initiate new lawyers to the lifelong commitment of providing access to justice for all individuals regardless of their ability to pay.

Students engage in unique situations through which one might better understand the special legal issues facing individuals who live in poverty and low-income communities. In turn, the summer interns provide valuable and necessary service to the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network program offices in which they are placed.

Law students experience the real world of legal aid advocacy. PLAN seeks opportunities for MLK Interns to experience direct client contact, participate in court hearings (for those certified), administrative hearings, legal research and writing on actual cases under the supervision of seasoned legal aid attorneys.

Interns are challenged to put classroom training and talent to work on behalf of the many needy individuals the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network serves, and to work creatively to reduce the barriers to a more just society. Each MLK intern is treated as a valuable member of the legal staff and is expected to participate in case strategy and contribute to overall case management.

Each summer, the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network awards 10 paid internships to current law students to participate in legal services work over the traditional 10-week summer internship period.

History: The Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Internship Program was established in 1991 to encourage and support a diversity of attorneys to work in the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network programs across the commonwealth. The goal is to promote cultural and ethnic diversity in legal services and to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Since its inception, which was prompted by the Pennsylvania Legal Services Black Caucus, over 260 law students have participated in the program.

A current law student (1L or 2L) may indicate their interest in serving as a MLK summer intern by sending a letter (expressing interest and preferences), resume and three (3) references to:

MLK Summer Internship
Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network
118 Locust Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101

 


 

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