Law School Partnership Project

Law School Partnership Program

Law School Partnership Program

Gideon’s Promise has been providing fellows to public defender offices since 2011. Over 120 graduating law students from partner law schools have been placed in public defender offices across the country. The participating offices change from year to year, but all of the placement offices are partners with Gideon’s Promise and are seeking to change the culture of the criminal justice system in their jurisdictions.


LSPP Fellowship

An LSPP Fellow receives up to one-year of funding from their school while working in a public defender office that agrees to hire the fellow within 365 days from the start of the fellowship date. The fellows automatically enter into the 3-year CORE 101 program and learn client-centered values, legal skills critical to indigent defense, and build community with a cohort of public defenders nationwide.

During the fall of their 3rd year, law students interested in a career in public defense can apply to the LSPP fellowship program and have the opportunity to interview with multiple public defender offices through a single application process. Placements are made by January so that fellows have the opportunity to register for the relevant state bar examination.

If you’re a law school representative or law school student interested in learning more about the fellowship program, please contact our Programs Team at [email protected].

About Us

A Change is Coming

We defend our most vulnerable communities from the effects of mass incarceration — keeping families together with dignity.

Our Mission

To transform the criminal justice system by building a movement of public defenders who provide equal justice for marginalized communities.

Our Vision 

We envision a nation where every person has access to zealous, outstanding representation necessary to ensure “equal justice for all” in the criminal justice arena.

Protecting This Promise

You don't have to be a public defender to protect the promise of zealous counsel for all. Your monthly contribution--no matter the amount--will directly impact the fate of a client accused of a crime, who didn't know they needed you.