The National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) has published the updated 2018-2019 version of their Juvenile Defense Policy and Practice Career Resource Guide. This guide is intended to help law students prepare for a career in juvenile defense or juvenile justice policy reform.
Many law students, even those who are interested in criminal law, are not aware that juvenile defense, as a specialized practice, is a viable career option, and one that draws on many of the same motivations and skills as criminal defense. Those students who are aware of juvenile defense have told us they find it difficult to prepare for the job search in this field.
To that end, NDJC created this Career Resource Guide, which they hope will raise the profile of and help students prepare for a career in juvenile defense or juvenile justice policy reform. The Guide includes information on coursework and externships that will help strengthen a candidate’s application in the juvenile defense field; resources to guide in the search for juvenile defense jobs, fellowships, and funding opportunities; and a list of offices around the country that provide employment and internship opportunities specific to juvenile defense.
The Guide is available in the CareerConnect Resource Library.