OPD Attorney Positions

The Maryland Office of the Public Defender (OPD) recruits both entry-level and experienced trial attorneys.  Typically, entry-level attorneys start with OPD as trial attorneys in our the District Court divisions.  District Court attorneys placed at our various offices across the State start with OPD twice a year in "classes."   We recruit separately for positions with our specialized units (e.g. Collateral Review, Appellate, Juvenile...etc.), for experienced trial attorney positions, and for supervisory positions.  Those positions are specifically advertised.  

Specifically Advertised Positions

The Office of the Public Defender seeks aggressive, client-centered, and resourceful advocates to join our team. OPD is currently recruiting entry-level attorneys specifically interested in juvenile indigent defense to serve as:


Application Procedure for Specifically Advertised Positions: If you wish to be considered for an attorney position listed above please follow the application procedures outlined in the job listing. 

Statewide Entry Level Positions

  • The Office of the Public Defender seeks dynamic, dedicated, and client-centered litigators.  OPD recruits entry-level attorneys to serve as Assistant Public Defenders in District Court two times a year.  These attorneys serve as Assistant Public Defenders (APD I) at various locations throughout the State of Maryland and typically begin with OPD in the Spring (March) and the Fall (September). 

  • Recruitment for our Fall Class of 2014 has closed. 

  • Qualifications for District Court Positions:

    • demonstrated commitment to zealous, comprehensive public defense.
    • ability to work independently, and effectively manage an active caseload.
    • ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment.
    • exposure to the proceedings and pace of the District Court of Maryland or Juvenile Delinquency matters (litigation experience or judicial clerkship experience helpful).
    • Candidates must be active members in good standing in the Maryland Bar or the Bar of another State by start date to be qualified for this position.  Individuals who are members of the Bar of another State must be admitted to the Maryland Bar within 18 months of start.  OPD will also consider applicants who recently sat for the February Bar Examination and are currently awaiting results.  Should those applicants not successfully become members of the Bar at the time hiring decisions are made, they will no longer be considered for this position.   Current 3Ls are not eligible for these positions.

      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.