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 typically start with OPD twice a year in "classes."   We specifically advertise for positions with our specialized units (e.g. Collateral Review, Appellate, Juvenile...etc.), for experienced trial attorney positions, and for supervisory positions.  

 Statewide Entry Level Positions

The Office of the Public Defender hires dynamic, dedicated, and client-centered litigators to serve as Assistant Public Defenders at various District Court locations throughout the State of Maryland. 

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. 

We are no longer accepting applications for our fall class.   

Specifically Advertised Positions

The Office of the Public Defender seeks aggressive, client-centered, and resourceful advocates to join our team. OPD is not currently recruiting for any attorney 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.