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 2019, which will begin its work in January of 2018 with the Distance Learning Phase, is September 29, 2017.  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 2019 should review the following statement and respond to the question posed below: 

In their 2015 book Reimagining Courts: A Design for the Twenty-First Century, Flango and Clarke argue that courts should respond to contemporary institutional demands in three ways: “First, they must fundamentally reorganize their business processes around the concept of the litigant as a customer.  Second, they must identify what their essential functions are on normative grounds and devote their scarce resources only to those areas. Third, they must universally adopt new and radical approaches to case management centered on concepts of case triage. Together, these recommendations offer a new vision of the courts and their modern mission.”

Essay Question:  Evaluate the desirability and likelihood of this vision becoming the norm for the state courts. 

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