The Summer Law Clerk Program is designed specifically for law students who are interested in indigent defense, display characteristics of promising future public defenders and have completed at least one year of law school. Since the program's inception in 2010, the demand for it has increased steadily. Potential law clerk candidates must submit the following: resume, writing sample, and two letters of recommendation.
Applicants who display a strong public interest academic curriculum and exhibit involvement in law clinics and volunteer groups associated with public interest work are ideal candidates for this program. Up to 20 candidates may be selected to move forward into Round 2, which consists of a 30-minute interview. Typically, Gideon’s Promise will notify interviewees of its final decision within two weeks.
Our current partner offices serve as internship sites. These offices either have fulltime attorneys who have gone through our training program or public defender chiefs who have worked with our programs.