Admission - ICM Fellows Program



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Individuals who wish to become an ICM Fellow must complete an admissions process.  The application deadline for admission to the Class of 2020, which will begin its work in early 2019 with the Distance Learning Phase, is October 30, 2018.  Applications may be submitted electronically.  Admissions materials are reviewed by a screening committee, with formal invitations extended to the selected candidates. Questions about the program or the admissions process may be addressed to Amy McDowell

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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 2020 should review the following statement and respond to the essay question posed below: 

Robert Tobin ends his book, Creating the Judicial Branch:  The Unfinished Reform, with this recap of the court reform movement:  "State courts have tried with some success to provide a system with integrity, but with much less success to provide a system governed by respect for human dignity.  The battle for integrity continues.  The battle to create a person-oriented court is underway.  Courts require a human dimension that has been sadly lacking."  

Essay Question:  Based on your experience, evaluate this statement. 

Applicants interested in pursuing the ICM Fellows certification may submit completed applications to the ICM Fellows Program by providing the above materials via mail or email to:

Amy McDowell
Associate Dean, ICM Fellows Program
National Center for State Courts
300 Newport Avenue
Williamsburg, VA 23185