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. 

OPD is now recruiting (1) law school graduates to join our Spring Class of 2019; (2) recent law school graduates in fellowships or clerkships to join or Fall Class of 2019; and (3) current third year law students to join OPD in January, 2020.

What we are looking for in members of our classes:  An Assistant Public Defender combines his/her demonstrated dedication to the representation of indigent clients with his/her strong and zealous litigation skills to provide exceptional representation on behalf of all his/her clients. The attorneys in these positions are expected to work independently in managing active caseloads while simultaneously working in team-oriented environments focused on a client-centered approach to representation. 

  • Demonstrated commitment to zealous and comprehensive public defense. 
  • Exposure to the proceedings and pace of the District Court (litigation experience or judicial clerkship helpful). 
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment.  
  • Ability to work independently and effectively manage an active caseload. 
  • Active membership in good standing in the Maryland Bar or Bar of another state one month prior to start date. Individuals who are members of the Bar of another State must be admitted to the Maryland Bar within 18 months of start date. OPD will also consider applicants for these position who are awaiting bar results. Should those applicants not successfully become members of the Bar at the time hiring decisions are made, they will no longer be considered qualified for this position. 

Spring Class: OPD is now accepting applications for our Spring Class of 2019.  Offers are extended in the winter.  Candidates must be members of the bar one month prior to the start date (end of February, or early March), but need not be a member of the bar at the time of application.   To apply please submit a: (1) current resume, (2) cover letter, (3) law school transcript (official or unofficial); (4) list of references, (5) completed Supplemental Information Sheet, and (6) completed Applicant Essay.  Please email all items in one email to attorneyjobs@opd.state.md.us.  In the subject line of the email please indicate “Spring Class of 2019.”  Closing Date: November 7, 2018.

Fall Class: OPD recruits for the Fall Class in two waves.  We are now accepting applications from fellows or current judicial law clerks to join our Fall Class of 2019.  A limited amount of offers extended in the winter.  We anticipate accepting applications again in March with offers being extended in the summer.  Candidates must be members of a bar one month prior to the start date (end of August, or early September), but need not be a member of the bar at the time of application.  Accordingly, most current 3L students are not eligible for the Fall Class should see below--3L recruitment.  To apply please submit a: (1) current resume, (2) cover letter, (3) law school transcript (official or unofficial); (4) list of references, (5) completed Supplemental Information Sheet, and (6) completed Applicant Essay.  Please email all items in one email to attorneyjobs@opd.state.md.us.  In the subject line of the email please indicate “Fall Class of 2019.” Closing Date: October 29, 2018.

3L Recruitment: 

OPD is now accepting applications from third year law students for trial attorney positions.  Selected candidates will join OPD as trial attorneys in the January, 2020. Offers are extended in the winter and are conditioned upon membership in the Maryland Bar prior to the start date.  Selected attorneys will attend training with the other members of the Spring Class.  Candidates may apply directly to OPD via the application process below, via EJW career fair, or through on campus recruitment at selected schools. To apply directly to OPD please submit a: (1) current resume, (2) cover letter, (3) law school transcript (official or unofficial); (4) list of references, (5) completed 3L Supplemental Information Sheet, and (6) completed Applicant Essay.  Please email all items to attorneyjobs@opd.state.md.us.  In the subject line of the email please indicate “2018 3L Attorney Application.”  Closing Date: October 22, 2018.

 

 

 

Other 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 attorneyjobs@opd.state.md.us
  • OPD is seeking a demonstrated leader and zealous advocate to serve as a Lead Attorney, Pretrial Detention Litigation at the Central Booking Division for Baltimore City. Selected candidate will assist with all aspects of pretrial detention litigation including bail review docket. OPD has dedicated staff that provides oversight and assistance to the attorneys representing and advocating for the clients during the bail review state. This Central Booking staff also provides representation for other pretrial detention issues relating to the criminal case and the client's detention. This position is located in side the Baltimore City jail. Click here to learn more.
      • To apply please submit a: (1) current resume, (2) cover letter addressing qualifications, (3) list of references, and (4) completed Applicant Essay. Email items (1)-(4) in one email to attorneyjobs@opd.state.md.us. In the subject line of the email please indicate "Lead Attorney, Pretrial Detention Litigation, Baltimore City." Incomplete materials will not be considered. Closing Date: November 1, 2018.


 


 

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.