The Center on the Administration of Criminal Law combines research, public education, advocacy, and litigation to advance its mission of achieving criminal justice reform, with a special focus on the exercise of prosecutorial power and discretion. We are seeking applications from 1L and 2L students for our 2019-2020 Fellowship Program.
All Student Fellows receive a stipend for their work with the Center, and we encourage students interested in both criminal defense and prosecution to apply. In the 2019-2020 year, the Center will also award the Charles A. Stillman Fellowship to a Center Fellow interested in pursuing a career in criminal defense, including public defense, after graduation.
Student Fellows will conduct research into various topics relating to criminal justice reform and prosecutorial discretion for use in the Center’s research projects and in events the Center hosts, which includes its annual conference focused on various criminal law topics. As an example, in 2019-2020 the Center anticipates conducting research on historical state clemency practices as part of its larger effort to improve the administration of clemency and other sentencing second chances; public safety data and metrics relating to community safety and prosecutorial accountability; creating meaningful culture change in prosecutors’ offices; and internal mechanisms and policies for prosecutor discipline in a district attorney’s office. Lastly, the Center will also be partnering with the NYU Law Review to host a symposium in Fall 2019 that will focus on Professor Barkow’s book, Prisoner of Politics: Breaking the Cycle of Mass Incarceration.
As part of their work, Student Fellows may have the opportunity to meet practitioners, advocates, and scholars engaged in criminal justice reform work. Student Fellows will work with the Center’s Faculty Director, Professor Rachel E. Barkow; the Center’s Executive Director, Courtney Oliva; and Anne Milgram, Executive Director of The Criminal Justice Innovation Lab.
If you are interested, please submit the following materials via email with the subject line “2019-2020 Student Fellow Application” in a single PDF to the Center’s Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Cover letter explaining why you would like to become a Student Fellow at the Center and your interest in criminal justice reform and/or the proper exercise of prosecutorial discretion
- Unofficial law school transcript
- List of two references with email addresses
Applications are due on April 12, 2019. Interviews will be conducted during the week of April 15, 2019, and selections will be made the week of April 22, 2019.
NYU School of Law seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. To learn more about the Center on the Administration of Criminal Law, visit https://www.law.nyu.edu/centers/adminofcriminallaw.