The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) is pleased to announce its 2020 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. These attorneys have agreed to provide each Fellow with a substantive
opportunity to learn, grow, and witness firsthand what true advocacy looks like.
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 country 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.
A completed application includes:
1. Completed Diversity Summer Fellowship application
2. Fellowship writing assignment
3. Resumé (not to exceed two pages)
Application Deadline: Applications must be submitted by December 16, 2019 at 11:59pm.
Submission Method: Please submit all documents in one PDF via email to
Click the link for more information and for the application.