Approximately 150 students attended UM Carey Law’s Public Interest Career Fair, an annual event organized by the Career Development Office and held this year on February 14 in conjunction with the University of Baltimore. More than 50 potential employers participated.
“The fair provides students the opportunity to meet with leaders in the public interest community to secure summer internships, in addition to facilitating networking between graduating students and potential employers,” said 3L Christina Sproul, co-president of the Maryland Public Interest Law Project (MPILP).
The event also highlights the law school’s commitment to providing legal services to people who can’t afford them. Each year UM Carey Law’s 25 clinics, with 250 students, deliver more than 110,000 hours of free legal services—the equivalent of a 60-person law firm. The Clinical Law Program, which is almost 40 years old and nationally ranked, is a magnet for public service employers, who recruit UM Carey Law students because of the hands-on training they gain.
“Maryland Carey Law strongly encourages law students to make a positive difference in their communities and help others in the need for equal access to justice for all,” said Emily Jaskot, ’11, an attorney at Maryland Legal Aid who attended the fair. “For certain, UM Carey Law students come well-prepared in helping the mission of any public interest employer.”
In addition to the career fair, MPILP will be hosting its annual Goods & Services Auction on March 21 to raise money for summer grants for students working in non-profit legal agencies for the underserved and underrepresented.
Photos from the career fair can be found on UM Carey Law’s Facebook page.