Employment

Working for the Maricopa County Office of the Public Defender offers a collaborative and supportive work environment in the heart of the fifth largest metropolitan area in the country, while providing competitive pay with a low cost of living. Additionally, because our office is a part of the County’s workforce, we have excellent benefits and County-wide programs to encourage overall health and well-being. Our office is also committed to creating a culture of conviviality, where you can participate in outside the office activities like hikes, service projects, and picnics and in-office activities like potlucks and take your child to work day. Working for our office means you will be able to participate in the meaningful work of protecting people’s constitutional rights and delivering America’s promise of justice for all.

We offer many opportunities to explore career options, build resumes, network with professionals, and gain hands-on experience through our programs designed for students and recent graduates:

  • Law Student Externship Program
  • Law Clerk Program
  • Rule 38 Certified Limited Practice Clinic
  • Undergraduate Internship Program
  • Gideon Fellowship

For attorneys, we offer student loan repayment up to $72,000 over a lifetime ($600 per month), ethical caseloads, over 225 attorneys in the office to work with and learn from, the ability to get felony trial work from the start of your career, and special interest divisions including: appeals, capital, juveniles tried as adults, mental health, rehabilitative courts, sex crimes, and white collar. You will be able to work where your interest and strengths are while receiving excellent training in litigation and case management to build your skills as an advocate.

Access job opportunities with Maricopa County to review positions within the Office of the Public Defender.

  1. Student Externship
  2. Law Clerk Program
  3. Rule 38 Clinic
  4. Undergrad Internship
  5. Gideon Fellowship

Law Student Externship Program

The Maricopa County Office of the Public Defender Externship Program is currently available to second and third year law students for the Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters. We work closely with law schools from all over the county to accommodate the schedule of our students for earned credit hours.

If selected, students in our Externship Program will be assigned to specific attorneys in our felony trial groups to:

  • Assist in jury selectionPhoto of externs
  • Assist in trial preparation
  • Attend and participate in witness interviews
  • Attend private conferences with judges in chambers
  • Draft and editing pleadings
  • Meet with clients both in and out of jail
  • Observe court proceedings
  • Research legal issues
  • Review case files
  • Write legal memoranda

Additionally, externs working with us during the summer semester will have the opportunity to tour various correctional facilities and receive training in trial skills by participating in a mock trial.

If interested in applying for an externship, please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Sierra Taylor, the Law Clerk/Extern Supervisor.