Summer Law Clerk

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 (2) letters of recommendation
  • Three (3) references
  • Transcript.

In order to receive academic credit, all participating law clerks are required to:

  • Attend Summer Law Clerk Training in Atlanta in late spring
  • Create weekly journal entries of their experience
  • Maintain a weekly timesheet log
  • Complete a program evaluation upon completion of internship

Requirements

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.

Application

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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“Transforming our criminal justice system so that all people are valued and empowered regardless of their race or income will make our communities safer, more peaceful, and more just.”

Rebba Omer — Knox County Public Defenders Community Law Office; Knoxville, TN; Gideon’s Promise Class of 2014
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