Now approaching its fifth year, the Junior State’s Attorney (JSA) program is a six-week summer intensive for current and rising ninth-grade Baltimore City students. The JSA program aims to build trust and faith in the criminal justice profession by exposing students to careers in the fields of criminal justice and government. Students are selected based on a written essay, application and interview. Selected students are sworn in as official Junior State’s Attorneys, and spend the summer meeting with judges, prosecutors, police officers, sheriff deputies, forensic experts, elected officials, civil rights activists, and more. The summer concludes with a mock trial presentation at the University of Baltimore before sitting Baltimore City judges, friends and family. JSAs are paid through the YouthWorks program and can continue their engagement with the BCSAO at the conclusion of the program by participating in the JSA Alumni Association. Since the inception of the JSA program in 2015, the BCSAO has employed 160 students.
Youthworks deadline: March 19
Application deadline: March 19 at 5pm
Notification to all finalists: April 9
Interview dates: March 22 - April 22