Gideon’s Promise Public Defender Fellowship Available – Apply by October 11, 2016

Texas Law has joined with the Gideon’s Promise Law School Partnership Project (LSPP) to support one or more students in the Class of 2017 who are selected to work in public defender offices as Gideon’s Promise Fellows.  Fellows will receive a one-year, $45,000 fellowship from Texas Law and a commitment of a permanent job within one year at the public defender offices where they are placed.  Fellows will also receive extensive training and support from Gideon’s Promise.

Gideon’s Promise is a nonprofit organization dedicated to public defense reform, and the fellowship program aims to recruit and train talented law graduates and place them in positions at under-served public defender offices.  More than 15 public defender offices across the country are expected to participate in the program for 2017.

This is a great opportunity for outstanding students interested in public defense, first-rate training, and permanent employment!  Interested students should:

  1. Review the information about the LSPP;
  2. Immediately email Nicole Simmons, Director of Public Service Programs in the CSO, at, and Eden Harrington, Associate Dean for Experiential Education at, to inform them that you are interested.  They can answer your questions, put you in touch with alumni who have participated in Gideon’s Promise programs, connect you with the leaders of the LSPP, etc.; and
  3. Submit your completed LSPP application and a writing sample via email to Rachel Sidopulos ( by Monday, October 11, 2016.