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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 2021, which will begin its work in early 2020 with the Distance Learning Phase, is September 30, 2019.  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 or ICM Fellows.

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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 2021 should review the following statement and respond to the essay question posed below: 

Michael L. Buenger and Paul J. De Muniz note in the introduction to their book, American Judicial Power: The State Court Perspective, that “. . . [T]he American public, many scholars and most lawyers generally understand judicial power in reference to its exercise in the federal courts even though the administration of justice that most frequently touches daily life plays out in the states . . . . [Yet] state judiciaries are organic to our understanding of the administration of justice, whether we recognize it or not, because they are the principal court systems of the United States both in terms of subject-matter reach and the number of people served.”  

Essay Question:  Based on your experience, discuss how the state courts have shaped the U.S. administration of justice.  

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
icmfellows@ncsc.org