Public Defender Corps

The Public Defender Corps is a joint project of the Southern Public Defender Training Center and Equal Justice Works.

To be considered, applicants must be 3rd year law students, recent law school graduates or attorneys with legal experience in indigent defense of less than three years. Selection criteria include: Commitment to indigent defense; Past record of academic or professional achievement and leadership; Creativity and tenacity in the face of obstacles; Strong interpersonal and communication skills and; Strong writing skills.

Fellows will be matched with a host site, most of which will be in the southern United States, but may include New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The selection process for the 2012 Fellowship host sites is currently underway and will be completed by this fall. Exact host site locations for the 2012 Public Defender Corps Fellowships will be posted on the Equal Justice Works website on a rolling basis. Applicants who advance to the final round of review will be able to rank their host site preferences.

Fellows will have an opportunity to participate in the Southern Public Defender Training Centerís award winning multi-year training program.

Application instructions, Frequently Asked Questions and general information about Public Defender Corps are available on the Equal Justice Works and the Southern Public Defender Training Center websites.

Please email for questions about the online application.

Please contact Ilham Askia of the SPDTC at for questions about the SPDTC's three-year training program and 2012-2013 host sites.

LPDB Summer Internship Program

Due to budget constraints at the state agency, LPDB is unable to coordinate its 2012 Summer Internship Program. We hope to be able to resume the program in 2013. Many districts sponsor internship programs directly through the office. The Orleans Public Defenders and 19th JDC Public Defenders' Office have well-established programs. In addition, Caddo Parish (Shreveport area), Calcasieu Parish (Lake Charles area), Jefferson Parish, Rapides Parish (Alexandria area) and the 26th JDC (Bossier-Webster Parishes) are interested in hosting interns.

If you are interested in interning with a district public defender office, you should contact the appropriate office(s) directly. You can find contact information at:

Meanwhile, LPDB does sponsor Spring and Fall semester externs from the Paul M. Hebert School of Law at LSU. If you are interested in these opportunities, please contact Heather H. Hall at

We sincerely regret that we are not able to coordinate our Summer Internship Program this summer and look forward to finding other opportunities to promote the personal and professional rewards that accompany employment as a public defender in Louisiana.

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