MDefenders is a faculty-sponsored organization at the University of Michigan Law School designed to (a) help current law students figure out if public defense is the right career path for them; (b) provide a nurturing and supportive community for aspiring public defenders; (c) teach aspiring public defenders skills to help them succeed as public defenders; (d) connect University of Michigan alumni who are doing public defense work with one another and provide them with helpful resources; and (e) help connect students and alumni interested in public defense jobs with employers who are looking to hire public defenders.
University of Michigan Law School students interested in attending MDefenders events should look at the
Calendar of Events and examine the many resources available under the
Students tab. They can also look at our intensive, year-long, four-credit
Public Defender Training Institute.
University of Michigan Alumni doing public defender work can access resources on the
Employers interested in listing job postings should go to the
If you have questions about MDefenders, please contact Professor Eve Brensike Primus at