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Diversity Task Force Summer Law Fellowships

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) invites ABA accredited law school students from historically underrepresented backgrounds to work as Summer NACDL Fellows with exceptional, experienced, criminal defense attorney NACDL members for up to eight (8) weeks in active criminal defense practices.

About the Fellowship

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:

  • Be a law student in good academic standing and enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school; 
  • Complete the Diversity Fellowship Application; 
  • Complete the Fellowship Writing Assignment; 
  • Provide a resume (not to exceed 2 pages); and 
  • 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 here:

 2018 Fellowship Applications

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: white collar, public defense, and military law, appear in state, federal, tribal, and international courts as well as before regulatory agencies and universities, and include public defenders, solo practitioners, small and large firms and members of the armed forces.  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. It provides opportunities for attorneys to connect, share information and learn from one another.  

One of NACDL’s goals is to expand the diversity of our criminal defense bar so that it best represents the diversity of our national community.  It is, therefore, imperative that criminal defense attorneys be able to move our criminal justice system towards a better understanding of language, culture, customs, and economic conditions that correspond to our clients.  By attracting more diverse members to the criminal defense bar, we will increase the likelihood that our clients’ diverse histories will be explained and portrayed more accurately to prosecutors, juries, and judges.  To learn more about NACDL’s programs and projects visit www.nacdl.org 

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