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Law Offices of the Public Defender 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida

Attorney Recruiting

Nationally Recognized

With a national reputation for excellence and one of the nation’s finest training programs, the Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office is a destination for high-quality graduates from a long list of prestigious law schools, including:

  • American University
  • Benjamin Cardozo Law
  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Brooklyn Law School
  • City University of New York
  • Columbia University
  • Emory University
  • Florida International University
  • Florida State University
  • Fordham University
  • Georgetown University
  • George Washington University
  • Harvard University
  • Hofstra University
  • Howard University
  • Loyola University
  • New York University
  • Northwestern University
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • Rutgers University
  • St. Thomas University
  • Stetson University
  • Tulane University
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Florida
  • University of Miami
  • University of Virginia
  • Yale University

Our reputation for excellence is a result of our training, case preparation, litigation, and appellate advocacy: Our trial attorneys try cases in 40 courtrooms, while our appellate division is widely respected for the quality of its lawyers.

We recruit locally and nationally with just one goal in mind: Putting together a diverse team of outstanding men and women who can do the best job possible on behalf of our clients and the residents and taxpayers of Miami-Dade County.

A Culture of Learning

We equip our attorneys with the training and tools they’ll need to fulfill their potential, starting with a two-week, hands-on experience led by experienced assistant public defenders. Each new lawyer is then partnered with a Training Attorney that provides one-on-one guidance, support and mentorship, while our Automation Training Unit instructs new lawyers on research programs and software that grant access to a to a wealth of information. The training director regularly convenes lectures, interactive workshops and demonstrations, many featuring presenters from outside the office, on a number of subjects of interest for our attorneys.

But there’s more to development than formal training: our strongest asset is our culture, where lawyers engage in daily discussions of their cases and the law. This attitude is best summarized by Mr. Martinez: "we have a common purpose - to provide high quality, client-centered representation. We rely on and respect our attorneys’ individual professional judgment to breathe life into the ideals enshrined in our constitution. We have a family atmosphere where people are mutually supportive and share materials and ideas."

Effective Representation

In short, while our APDs handle their own caseloads with a good deal of autonomy, we aim to provide the learning experiences and environment necessary for them to do so in a highly competent and professional manner.

How to Apply

Qualified candidates will be screened by Teresa Enriquez, executive chief assistant for recruitment and litigation, or her designee. Those who successfully complete the intense interview session, consisting of hypotheticals and scenarios, will be offered the opportunity to participate in a hiring conference. The hiring panel consists of several assistant public defenders who interview and recommend the best candidates for the Public Defender to hire as members of our team.

To apply, please submit the following to Teresa Enriquez:

Application materials must be submitted in PDF format via email. Please do not mail or fax applications. Due to the high volume of applications, no telephone or email inquiries, please.

Certified Legal Interns

We frequently hire Certified Legal Interns (CLIs) for attorney trainee positions. Because we conduct hiring panels in late fall and early spring, law students who want to be considered for an attorney position are encouraged to successfully complete their Certified Legal Internship with our office during the summer and fall semesters after their second year of law school.