Diversity Summer Funding for Criminal Defense


2018 Criminal Defense Diversity Fellowship Program

$4000 in summer funding to work for eight weeks with criminal defense offices! Applications due February 9. http://www.nacdl.org/diversityfellowship/

To help promote diversity in our nation’s criminal defense bar, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) is offering summer fellowship opportunities to ABA accredited law school students from historically underrepresented backgrounds. Selected Fellows will receive a weekly stipend of $500.00 to work for up to eight weeks with selected criminal defense offices/practitioners. Fellows will be given the opportunity to gain hands-on, practical experience in criminal defense, while working with an experienced criminal defense attorney at either a private law firm or a public defense office.

The list of fellowship locations include:

• Baton Rouge, Louisiana (private law firm)

• Denver, Colorado (private law firm)

• Fairfax, Virginia (Fairfax County Public Defender’s Office)

• Jersey City, New Jersey (Public Defender’s Office)

• New York, New York (Neighborhood Defender Services)

• New York, New York (Bronx Defenders)

• San Francisco, California (private law firm)

• Tulsa, Oklahoma (Still She Rises – a non-profit law firm)

Applicants must: 1. Be a law student in good academic standing and enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school; 2. Complete the Diversity Fellowship Application; 3. Complete the Fellowship Writing Assignment; 4. Provide a resume (not to exceed 2 pages); and 5. Submit a personalized one-page cover letter that addresses why the applicant wants to be an NACDL Diversity Fellow.

All completed application packets are to be submitted, via email, to Daniel Weir at dweir@nacdl.org by 4:00 pm February 9, 2018. Each file must be submitted using the following format: • Lastname.Firstname-Application, • Lastname.Firstname-Cover letter. PDF files are preferred.

Application forms and further details about the Fellowship program can be found at:


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