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 Young Lawyers Academy

The ADF Young Lawyers Academy is a unique program that combines outstanding legal training with an unwavering commitment to Christian principles. It is designed for recent law school graduates and lawyers in their first few years of practice, with an emphasis on those working in large and mid-size firms, as well as state and federal government offices. When you attend the Young Lawyers Academy, you will receive specific resources and opportunities to engage in ADF-related issues at the outset of your career, in addition to the excellent legal training and inspiring worship and devotions offered at all Academy sessions.

Whatever your area of practice, the Young Lawyers Academy will train you to effectively advocate for religious freedom, free speech, marriage and family, parental rights, and the sanctity of life. In most cases, the training includes 6-8 hours of high-quality CLE, focused on these crucial issues. Not only will the Young Lawyers Academy prepare you to integrate your faith with your work, it will equip you with the tools to approach your career strategically and connect you with an established network to provide support and guidance in a competitive and pressure-filled environment.

Your participation will also enable—and inspire—you to become part of an ever-expanding movement to impact our legal culture. The Young Lawyers Academy connects you with outstanding like-minded Christian attorneys from around the United States and provides an unrivaled opportunity to engage with renowned faculty and participate in a scholarly examination of issues such as natural law principles, constitutional jurisprudence, and worldview development. Daily worship and devotions will reinforce the importance of your core beliefs to your practice of law.

Please Note: Alliance Defending Freedom will gladly cover the cost of registration, lodging, materials, and most meals for accepted program attendees. Attendees are responsible to cover their own travel expenses to and from the venue, as well as the costs for any additional family members accompanying them.

When you apply to attend the Young Lawyers Academy, you are also applying to become an ADF Allied Attorney. The Young Lawyers Academy is currently only available to attorneys practicing and residing in the United States.


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Event Information

Dates: September 17-20, 2023

Location: Cancun, Mexico

Application Deadline: July 31, 2023

Application Decisions Communicated By: August 4, 2023

Contact Information


Alliance Defending Freedom
44180 Riverside Parkway Lansdowne, VA 20176