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. Trial attorneys are invited to apply to the positions listed below.

  • Assistant Public Defender: Eastern Shore
  • Chief Attorney and Deputy Chief Attorney: Collateral Review Division 

     

    Application Procedure for Specifically Advertised Positions: If you wish to be considered for an attorney position listed above please submit the materials outlined in the job listing.  Those materials may include: (1) a cover letter, (2) current resume, (3) a list of references, (4) law school transcript, (5) a completed Attorney Application for a Specifically Advertised Position, (6) completed Applicant Essay, and/or (7) a writing sample.  All the above requested materials must be submitted electronically by emailing them, in a single email, to AttorneyJobs@opd.state.md.us. The subject line of the email must reflect the advertised position for which you are applying as specified in the job posting itself. Incomplete or improperly submitted applications will not be considered.

    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). 

    OPD is currently recruiting entry-level attorneys to join our Fall Class of 2014. 

    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.

     

    Application Procedure for a position with our 2014 Fall Class: please submit a (1) cover resume, (2) cover letter,  (3) law school transcript (either offical or unofficial), (4) list of references, (5) completed Attorney Application for Entry Level Position, and (6) completed Applicant Essay.  All the above requested materials must be submitted electronically by emailing them, in a single email, to AttorneyJobs@opd.state.md.us. The subject line of the email should read "Fall Class 2014."  Incomplete or improperly submitted applications will not be considered.

    Application Deadline: May 16, 2014

     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.