Interested in joining our team? OPD hires two classes a year, Fall and Spring. Recent law school graduates and attorneys with a moderate amount of criminal trial experience are hired into classes. OPD also extends a limited number of offers to current law students to join us in January after graduation (and become a member of the Spring Class). Click here to learn more about our hiring classes.
Additionally, OPD specifically advertises attorney opportunities with our specialized divisions (Appellate, Post Conviction, Parental Defenders, and Mental Health) as these positions become available. OPD also specifically advertises for juvenile defender positions, experienced attorney positions, and entry-level criminal trial positions in rural areas. All positions currently in recruitment are listed below:
The Maryland Office of the Public Defender is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a culturally diverse staff and strongly encourage people historically underrepresented in the practice of law to apply.
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 Defenders cannot simultaneously engage in the private practice of law.