The National District Attorneys Association (NDAA), with the assistance of the American College of Trial Lawyers Foundation, is able to provide scholarships for approved NDAA course tuition assistance.
NDAA is the premier training organization for America’s prosecutors bringing innovation to every courtroom in our nation and ensuring every victim’s voice is heard. Our national courses bring stakeholders from across the country and from all criminal justice backgrounds together for expert instruction and engaging dialogue. We have a limited number of full tuition scholarships available.
1. Register for the course for which you are submitting a scholarship application. IMPORTANT: Be sure to choose the “check/money order” option. Payment is not required to register and apply.
Should you be awarded a scholarship, details of the amount which can range from 25% to 100%, will be shared with you. You will then have the option to pay by credit card, check or decline the award. If you are not awarded a scholarship, you will have the option to cancel your registration with no penalty or continue with your registration payment by credit card or check for the initial invoice amount.
2. Complete the scholarship application form, which will ask the following:
(1) Your interest in the course.
(2) The applicability of the course content for your jurisdiction.
(3) Previous receipt of a NDAA scholarship, the title of course, and year awarded.
Virtual Course: 12:00am-midnight one month before the first day of the course you are planning to attend.
In-Person Course: 12:00am-midnight two months before the first day of the course you are planning to attend.
Associate City Prosecutor
“I am truly grateful to the NDAA for such an incredible scholarship opportunity. This conference provided invaluable information that will enhance my community’s response to domestic violence. The presenters covered such a wide array of topics that I can now return home and share this knowledge with my office, local law enforcement, and victim advocacy agencies. Because of the opportunity afforded to me by the NDAA, I will be a better prosecutor and my community will be better equipped to address the needs of victims and hold offenders accountable.”
Assistant State’s Attorney
Calvert County State’s Attorney’s Office
Prince Frederick, Maryland
Domestic Violence Multi-Disciplinary Conference
“As a prosecutor responsible for the bulk of the misdemeanor domestic violence cases for the past 8 months, I was very happy to receive the scholarship to attend the NDAA Domestic Violence Conference. The biggest benefit of the conference has been realizing I am not alone in the difficulties of prosecuting domestic violence cases and it is refreshing to hear of solutions to problems we all encounter. I have learned many skills that will benefit my prosecution of these special cases and my desire to be my best for my victims is stronger than ever. My eyes were opened during the lecture on Multidisciplinary Team Development as my community has issues with victims having access to resources to assist them in being able to leave their abuser. My office does have a Multidisciplinary Team, but, after the lecture I realized we do not have everyone involved that we need and are missing resources. When I return to my office, I will be adding the women’s shelter directors and the homeless shelter director to our team meetings. By including these new members, I hope to increase the availability of space for domestic violence victims and their children so they can leave their abuser earlier in the cycle of abuse knowing they have somewhere safe to stay. Thank you very much for this great opportunity and I hope to return in the future.”
Meggan L. Guns
Assistant Polk County Attorney
Des Moines, Iowa
Prosecuting and Investigating Sexual Assault and Related Violent Crimes Course
“I am very grateful to be the recipient of a scholarship from the NDAA. The caliber of the presenters was phenomenal, and the information I learned will be beneficial in my everyday practice. The information on more aggressive pre-trial motions practice, jury selection, and directing and crossing experts, in addition to other trial techniques, will certainly improve my prosecution of notoriously difficult sex abuse cases. Moreover, the information for more effective questioning and working with victims of trauma will help ensure our victims’ voices are better heard through the criminal justice system. Overall, this was one of the most informative trainings I have attended in my nine years of prosecuting, and appreciate the NDAA for making my attendance possible.”
The scholarship covers tuition only, you or your office would be responsible for airfare and lodging.
Yes. However, no more than one scholarship will be awarded to the same person within a two year period.
Yes, however, NDAA works to ensure geographic diversity for its courses through the awards.
The award can range anywhere from covering 25% of the tuition to covering a full 100% of the course tuition.
Review of applications will begin after the deadline, and notification will be within a couple weeks of that deadline date.
Continuing legal education (CLE) credits are available to both those with a scholarship and those without. In both cases, NDAA will apply for credit in the host state where required. All attendees will receive a Uniform CLE Certificate at the end of the course. Attorneys seeking CLE credit should contact their state bar for more information. Attendees representing other disciplines should contact their reporting agencies for more information. Attorneys seeking CLE credit should contact your state bar for more information.
Yes, if you have initially met all the application deadlines and requirements.
NDAA has a strict deadline and we will not review a late application. We strongly encourage you to review our national course listing and consider applying for a scholarship to another course.