Public Defender Scholarship for Law Students

Public Defender Scholarship for Law Students

I participated in a public-defender internship during my last of year of law school. Looking back, the experience was easily one of the most valuable and eye-opening of my legal career. I’d like to encourage today’s law students, even those not interested in a career in criminal law, to spend time defending indigent criminal defendants. So I’m proud to announce that I’m offering a $1,000 scholarship for law students. It will be awarded annually to a law student who has participated in a public defender program. Keep reading to learn more about this scholarship opportunity for law students.

Deadline & Eligibility

All submissions must be postmarked by January 15th.

Any current law student who has completed an internship, externship, or clinic with any public defender’s office (or otherwise represented indigent criminal defendants) in the calendar year prior to submission (e.g., if you completed an externship during Summer 2016, your deadline is January 15, 2017). If your experience working for a public defender’s office was prior to enrollment, you may apply during either your 1L or 2L year. You may apply only once.

One entry will be chosen within 30 days of the submission deadline. Payment will be issued directly to your law school.

Application Procedure

Please write a personal essay about your experience as a public defender. You may choose any angle you’d like to explore. Entries must be no longer than 1,200 words.

Mail a hard copy of your essay to the following address:

Public Defender Scholarship
C/O Robert Theofanis, Esq.
6345 Balboa Blvd., Ste 295
Encino, CA 91316

Electronic entries will not be considered.