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.  OPD is currently recruiting for the Fall Class of 2015! 

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. Successful candidates for these positions will begin their employment with OPD in late August of 2015.  


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 by August, 2015. Individuals who are or who will become 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 this position who 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 qualified for this position. Accordingly, most current 3Ls are not eligible for this position.

How to Apply

To apply for this position 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, (6) completed Applicant Essay, and (7) complete the application available here.  Cover letters should be addressed to:  Johanna Cohen Leshner, Director of Recruitment 6 St. Paul Street, Suite 1318 Baltimore, Maryland 21202. 

Please email items (1)-(6) in one email to attorneyjobs@opd.state.md.us.  In the subject line of the email please indicate “Fall Class of 2015.”  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Closing Date: April 26, 2015 

Specifically Advertised Positions

The Office of the Public Defender seeks aggressive, client-centered, and resourceful advocates to join our team. OPD is currently recruiting for the following attorney positions:

  • Assistant Public Defender I: CINA Division (Baltimore City)
  • Juvenile Defenders: Prince George's County
  • Assistant Public Defender: Appellate Division
  • Supervising Attorney: Southern Maryland 



    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.