The mission of the Public Defender Mentor Project is to provide law students interested in public defense with:
The project sponsors programs throughout the academic year that are designed to educate UNC law students about public defense work as well as to connect them with North Carolina's public defenders and with UNC law alumni working in public defender offices nationwide.
We welcome students who have an interest in public defense as a career and are in need of advice, mentoring and information about what courses to take, what summer jobs to pursue, how to draft a resume for a PD position, how to interview for PD jobs and how to establish connections with public defenders in North Carolina and beyond.
The group is organized by Professor Tamar Birckhead in coordination with the Career Development Office and with the participation of other UNC law faculty. Participating faculty have an open door policy for students in the project; they are available to meet, counsel and assist them in pursuing PD positions - both for the summer and after graduation.
If you are a public defender or a criminal defense attorney working on an indigent case who would benefit from investigative or research assistance from UNC Law students, please contact Professor Birckhead to help arrange for a student to assist you.
The following are helpful Internet links for students, faculty and affiliated participants of the project.