A broad number of organizations at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law offer students opportunities to further their interests in public services and gain leadership experience.
For example, through the Maryland Carey Law Service Corps, more than 200 students have traveled to the Gulf Coast five times, offering essential relief services that run the gamut from courtroom representation to home restoration. During the most recent trip, students were accompanied by alumni, and worked for the first time on civil cases. Additionally, Maryland students were the first law students in the country to support the Public Defender in Baton Rouge. The city’s population has doubled since Katrina, straining its justice system severely.
The Maryland Public Interest Law Project provides $4,000 stipends to Maryland students who take unpaid summer positions with public agencies. Last year, the Project funded 27 grants for students who worked at Maryland Legal Aid, the Public Justice Center, public defenders’ offices in Baltimore, Washington and New Orleans, and the ACLU of Maryland, among others.
These are just two examples of the dozens of student organizations for whom public service is a primary objective.