Criminal Defense Diversity Summer Fellowship

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) is pleased to announce its 2019 Diversity Summer Law Fellowship. The goal of our program is to pair law students from historically underrepresented backgrounds* with top criminal defense practitioners around the country. Each practitioner has agreed to provide each Fellow with a substantive opportunity to learn, grow, and witness firsthand what true advocacy looks like. The criminal defense practitioners work in both the private and public sectors.

Deadline: Applications must be submitted by December 3, 2018 at 11:59pm. The application form and instructions can be found at

Details about the program:

Eligible applicants: 1Ls and 2Ls from historically underrepresented backgrounds, in good academic standing, and enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school.

Educational background: Demonstrated commitment to criminal justice – e.g. coursework, extracurricular activities, pre-law school organizational involvement.

 Placement: The potential host criminal defense offices are located throughout the county and will offer opportunities to learn about various stages of criminal proceedings ranging from pretrial to appeals. Applicants will be able to rank their location preferences once their application has been received.

 Summer Stipend: Fellows will receive a weekly stipend of $500.00 to work for up to eight (8) weeks with selected criminal defense offices/practitioners.

Length of Fellowship: Up to eight (8) weeks.

Submission Method: Please submit all documents in one PDF via email to

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at

*Note: NACDL defines “historically underrepresented backgrounds” based on the National Association of Law Placement’s 2017 Report on Diversity in U.S. Law Firms. NACDL further acknowledges that “historically underrepresented backgrounds” may not fall along traditionally recognized lines, and therefore invites all applicants to explain why they may feel they belong to an underrepresented group in the legal industry.

About NACDL: The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is the nation’s preeminent criminal defense bar association.  With members in every state and from many nations, NACDL members work in every facet of the criminal defense community. NACDL’s mission is to ensure justice and due process for persons accused of crime; foster the integrity, independence and expertise of the criminal defense profession; and promote the proper and fair administration of criminal justice.

By Elise Logemann
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