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.
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. If you are a law student interested in applying, you are highly encouraged to read the LSPP FAQ provided here. Placements are made by January so that fellows have the opportunity to register for the relevant state bar examination. Law School Partnership Project Brochure.
Click here for the updated 2020 – 2021 Law School Partnership Project School list.
If your a school or you are a student interested in learning more about the fellowship program, please contact our Programs Team at [email protected].
“As a public defender, I am honored to walk alongside some of our poorest and most marginalized neighbors and amplify their voices in a system that would rather silence them.”