JTIP Summer Academy

2020 Juvenile Training Immersion Program (JTIP) Summer Academy 

May 31 – June 6, 2020

“I thought it was a great experience and the knowledge I gained will serve me in my career. I highly recommend it to any children’s defender I know.”

— JTIP Summer Academy 2019 participant

The National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) and Georgetown Law Juvenile Justice Clinic are excited to offer the Juvenile Training Immersion Program (JTIP) Summer Academy.

The JTIP Summer Academy is an annual one-week intensive juvenile defender training program intended for both new and experienced front-line defenders. This interactive juvenile defense training is held in Washington, DC in June. For an idea of what the Summer Academy entails, see our sample agenda.

“This was, without a doubt, the best training that I have ever gone to.”

— JTIP Summer Academy 2019 participant

Participants who attend the JTIP Summer Academy must cover their own travel expenses and accommodation, and a nonrefundable $200 tuition for the JTIP Summer Academy. Details about housing options and tuition payments will be sent to candidates who are selected to attend.


  •  The deadline for application submission is January 12th, 2020, 11:59 PM EST. Late applications will not be considered.
  • Please note that selected participants who accept their slot are expected to attend the full program. Slots are limited and resources are committed in advance for every attendee. 

“It was reinvigorating, educational, and all around spectacular.

— JTIP Summer Academy 2019 participant


Selection of participants is based on a combination of factors intended to create a class that reflects the breadth of the juvenile defense community. The following are some of the criteria used in selecting candidates:

  • Years and scope of experience in defense practice;
  • Years and scope of experience in juvenile defense practice;
  • Current juvenile caseload;
  • Geographic location;
  • Public defenders and private practitioners;
  • Diversity


  • Applications due – January 12, 2020
  • Acceptance decisions announced – February 14, 2020
  • Tuition payments for accepted applicants due – March 13, 2020
  • Summer Academy – May 31- June 6, 2020 at Georgetown Law, Washington, DC