This program is open to law students who have completed at least one year of law school and have a demonstrated interest in public defense as a career. Participating students are paired with a public defender in a Gideon’s Promise partner office for a summer, where they gain valuable exposure to all aspects of effective public defense.
Applicants who display a strong public interest background and exhibit involvement in law clinics and volunteer groups are ideal candidates for this program. Our partner public defender offices will serve as internship sites.
Potential law clerk candidates must submit the following: cover letter, resume, two letters of recommendation, 3 references, and a transcript. Applicants who display a strong public interest background 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.
The Summer Law Clerk program is designed to expose law school students interested in public interest law to indigent defense and the Gideon Promise community. The program is open to law students who have completed at least one year of law school. Selected clerks will be assigned to a Gideon’s Promise-trained public defenders for 6-8 weeks, gain hands on indigent defense experience in one of our partner offices, and receive mentorship.
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