Attorney Positions with OPD

The Maryland Office of the Public Defender (OPD) recruits both entry-level and experienced trial attorneys.  For trial attorney positions newly admitted attorneys or attorneys with one to two years of experience start with OPD handling primarily District Court caseloads.  Attorneys in these positions start with OPD twice a year in classes (Fall and Spring) in positions across the state of Maryland.  Placement is made based on OPD's needs but entirely takes into account candidate's stated geographical preferences and limitations. 

Current Attorney Recruitments:

  • OPD is looking for zealous advocates in the Lower Eastern Shore and Western Maryland (Allegany & Garrett Counties).  Interested attorneys should email a resume and cover letter to

Coming Soon:

  • OPD will begin accepting applications for both the Spring and Fall Classes of 2019 in early September.  Check back here for more details.
  • OPD will begin accepting applications in early September from current third year law students to join OPD as Assistant Public Defenders in trial positions across Maryland.  OPD will accept applications here on our website, via OCI at local law schools, as well as through the Equal Justice Works (EJW) career fair in October.



Assistant Public Defenders are full-time employees who serve at the pleasure of the Public Defender.  Criminal Procedure Article, Section 16-203(d).  Assistant Public Defender cannot simultaneously engage in the private practice of law.  The Maryland Office of the Public Defender is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a culturally diverse staff and strongly encourage people historically underrepresented in the practice of law to apply.