The Criminal Defense & Prisoner Advocacy Clinic, Criminal Justice Clinic, and Juvenile Justice Clinic offer a post-graduate two-year fellowship. Three fellows are selected annually through the E. Barrett Prettyman/Stuart Stiller Fellowship Program at Georgetown Law. The goal of the fellowship is to provide high quality representation to adults and adolescents accused of crimes and provide recent law school graduates with rigorous training in criminal trial advocacy and clinical teaching. Fellows spend two years in the program, after which they are awarded a master’s degree in Advocacy. During the first year, fellows try cases and develop their skills under close faculty supervision in the criminal clinics. During the summer, they take classes in clinical teaching and supervision and begin to develop their skills as clinical teachers.


In 1960, Georgetown University Law Center established a pioneer legal internship program for recent law graduates. The E. Barrett Prettyman and Stuart Stiller Fellowship Program combines instruction in the Law Center’s graduate school with representation of indigent clients in the local courts of the District of Columbia. It trains recent law graduates in both the academic and practical aspects of courtroom advocacy. At the same time, the program contributes to the improvement of the criminal justice system by nurturing and developing able, devoted indigent defense counsel.

The Fellowships are awarded to three outstanding recent law graduates. Two fellowships were established in honor of E. Barrett Prettyman, the distinguished former Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and one fellowship honors outstanding criminal defense lawyer and teacher, Stuart Stiller. Participation in the Fellowship is contingent upon admission to the District of Columbia Bar. The Fellowships provide a stipend (taxable) of $57,000 in the first year and $60,000 in the second year, with full benefits, in addition to full tuition and fees.

New fellows register at the Law Center in mid-August. The first six weeks of the program are devoted to an intense, comprehensive study of criminal law, procedure, evidence, and trial practice. Thereafter, the fellows represent indigent clients in criminal cases in the local courts of the District of Columbia. Fellows begin with misdemeanor cases and later move on to felonies. All trial work is under the close supervision of Professor John Copacino, Professor Eduardo Ferrer, Professor Kristin Henning, Professor Vida B. Johnson, and Professor Abbe Smith, all of whom have substantial experience in the trial of criminal cases. The fellows are supported by a professional investigator, Seana Holland, and interns in the clinics’ Investigative Internship Program.

At the beginning of the second year, the fellows substantially reduce the number of new cases they take on and assume major responsibility for the supervision of students in the Criminal Defense & Prisoner Advocacy Clinic, Criminal Justice Clinic, and the Juvenile Justice Clinic. In these clinics, third-year law students represent defendants in misdemeanor and juvenile cases. The fellows also share in classroom instruction in the clinics. The program ends in July of the second year.

Applying for a Fellowship at Our Clinic

For the past several years we have received well over 100 applications to the fellowship. We do the best we can to give every application individual attention. We will rarely reject an applicant based solely on the transcript. Instead, we consider all of the varied experiences and abilities that indicate potential as a criminal trial lawyer and clinical supervisor/teacher.
It is up to the applicant to provide as full a picture as you can and to encourage your references to be as detailed and specific as possible.

Applications for the E. Barrett Prettyman and Stuart Stiller Fellowship Program will be accepted from September 1, 2021 through October 31, 2021. Applications will not be accepted after October 31, 2021. We will notify applicants selected for interviews by the end of November. Please provide a telephone number where you can be reached during this time. We will interview during the month of December and make final selections in late December through early January.

Thank you for your interest in the Prettyman/Stiller Program. Please click here for the application.

Inquiries should be directed to:
Ms. Teruko Richardson, Executive Assistant
E. Barrett Prettyman/Stuart Stiller Fellowship Program
600 New Jersey Avenue, Room 130
Washington, D.C. 20001
Tel: 202-662-9575

Transcripts and letters of reference should be addressed to:
John Copacino, Abbe Smith, and Vida Johnson
Directors, E. Barrett Prettyman/Stuart Stiller Fellowship Program
Georgetown University Law Center
600 New Jersey Avenue NW, Room 123
Washington, D.C. 20001