Internships for Law School Students:
Interested in Becoming an Intern?
Contact Barbara Morales
(240) 777-7454 (Phone)
An internship is an opportunity to glimpse the reality of your chosen vocation. This internship is not an "observe and absorb" situation; it is an opportunity to be on the front line as part of our District Court Screening Unit.
The Screening Unit intern plays a critical role in representing the State's Attorney's Office. The intern is a bridge between the citizens and the legal system, to educate the community to better understand the workings of the criminal justice system, and assist citizens to more effectively utilize the legal system to achieve justice.
State's Attorney's Office Interns Summer 2008
In this capacity, the intern will be preparing cases which involve:
- interviewing victims, witnesses, police officers;
- gathering and reviewing evidence;
- writing a factual and chronologically correct narrative of the event;
- identifying legal issues
- researching case law for court; and
- actually making a recommendation to the Assistant State's Attorney on how the case should progress.
Many of our former interns have been hired for positions in prosecutor's offices across the country. In addition, many of our interns have attained judicial clerkships upon graduation from law school. And of course, there are many Assistant State's Attorney's right here in Montgomery County who are former interns from this program.
The office recruits students for 3 semesters per year: Fall, Spring and Summer.
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RULE 16 PROGRAM
Our office is proud to participate in the Rule 16 Program. This program provides eligible law students with a rigorous and intensive exposure to criminal prosecution practice through a combination of actual trial practice and classroom work. Students are assigned to work with an assistant state's attorney in our office, where they prosecute criminal cases in the circuit and district courts.
After a short orientation, students are given a docket of cases for which they are responsible. Under the supervision of an assistant state's attorney, the students engage in plea bargain negotiations and try criminal prosecutions before the court or, in some cases, before a jury.
In addition, students have many opportunities to evaluate different styles of lawyering by watching criminal trial lawyers in action. To supplement and refine their practice experience, students attend a weekly class, taught by our Deputy State's Attorney Laura Chase, in which they discuss their pending cases and what they have encountered in court.