Admission - ICM Fellows Program



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Individuals who wish to become an ICM Fellow must complete an admissions process.  Applications should be submitted by October 11, 2013 for admission into the Class of 2015, which will begin its work in January of 2014. Submissions are reviewed by a screening committee, with formal invitations extended to the selected candidates. 

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Admission Process Requirements:

Applicants must submit the following materials:

  • A completed ICM Fellows Program application form
  • A one-page cover letter explaining why the applicant wishes to pursue an ICM Fellowship, as well as his or her current duties, responsibilities, and career goals
  • A résumé (two-page maximum) that demonstrates work experience and academic achievement
  • One letter of recommendation from a direct supervisor or presiding judge that clearly indicates the applicant’s ability to commit to the time and cost of the ICM Fellows Program
  • A writing sample of no more than 2,000 words on a public policy question selected by the Dean. The essay may follow any standard style format but should be typed and double-spaced.
Applicants for the Class of 2015 should discuss the implications of the following statement:  In discussing the importance of balancing independence with accountability, the Trial Court Performance Standards note that, “Because judicial independence protects individuals from the arbitrary use of government power and ensures the rule of law, it defines court management and legitimates its claim for respect.” (Trial Court Performance Standards With Commentary, BJA, 1997, p.17).


Applicants interested in pursuing the ICM Fellows certification may submit completed applications to the Dean for consideration for admission to the ICM Fellows Program by providing the above materials to:


Amy McDowell
Education Program Manager
National Center for State Courts
300 Newport Avenue
Williamsburg, VA 23185