Volunteer Law Clerk Program, Summer
The law clerk will be placed in the Criminal Appeals division. Interns provide research assistance to the 17 Assistant Attorneys General in the division. This research typically involves constitutional criminal procedure, rules of evidence, and trial and post-conviction rights. Interns may be asked to quickly locate a case supporting a particular legal proposition, to produce a detailed written memorandum summarizing complex legal research, or anything in between. Additionally, each intern is given the opportunity to handle at least one criminal appeal from start to finish. Working closely with an Assistant Attorney General in the Division, the intern reads the circuit court transcripts, researches the issues raised in the appellant's brief, and drafts the State's response. The goal is for interns to leave the Division with a completed appellate brief that can be used as a writing sample. Will serve the citizens of Maryland in a wide range of legal fields from criminal investigations and consumer protection to counsel to select state agencies. Will also have opportunities to perform legal research and writing, participate in witness and client interviews, as well as assist with litigation of claims filed with Maryland's trial, administrative, and appellate courts. Should have excellent legal research and writing abilities, strong communication and team skills, a great work ethic and a good attitude. Will be expected to work 15-20 hours per week.