OPD Attorney Positions
The Maryland Office of the Public Defender recruits both entry-level and experienced trial attorneys. Entry-level attorneys with the Office of the Public Defender typically start with positions in the District Court. District Court attorneys placed at our various offices across the State, start with the Agency 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. Experienced attorneys are invited to apply to the positions listed below.
Application Procedure for Specifically Advertised Positions: If you wish to be considered for 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). We are no longer accepting applications for our Spring Class of 2014. Please check back here in the coming months for the application procedure for our Fall Class.
Qualifications for District Court Positions:
- demonstrated commitment to zealous, comprehensive public defense.
- ability to work independently and as part of an active, team-oriented environment.
- ability to successfully manage an active caseload.
- exposure to the proceedings and pace of the District Court of Maryland or Juvenile Delinquency matters (litigation 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 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.
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.