Martin Luther King, Jr. Summer Internship & Fellowship Program
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The Martin Luther King, Jr. Summer Internship Program was established by the Pennsylvania Legal Services Black Caucus in 1991. It is an integral part of our commitment to fostering diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging within our organization and Network and to ensuring that all people are afforded the equity of being able to access justice regardless of their ability to pay. Over the last thirty years, our program has successfully grown with the care of several stewards to support more than 400 law students.
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.
Fellowships are intended to support and promote newly licensed attorneys who are interested in long term public interest careers. Employment is not limited to two years.
Follow the links below for more information on each of these program: