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

Job Opening: Assistant Public Defender

Application Deadline: October 19, 2021

The Miami-Dade Public Defender seeks a Florida attorney to work in a fast-paced, client-centered office.

A Public Defender is an elected official who has a constitutional duty to provide legal representation to persons in jeopardy of losing their life or liberty who cannot afford to hire a private attorney. Our office employs nearly 200 lawyers plus investigators, mitigation specialists, secretaries, and paralegals to assist with approximately 70,000 cases we handle each year. We recruit locally and nationally with just one goal in mind: Putting together a diverse team of outstanding men and women from all racial and ethnic backgrounds who are able to provide high quality representation to our clients.

Position Type

Full time, entry-level assistant public defender position.

Requirements/Qualifications

  • applicant must be licensed to practice law in the State of Florida;
  • excellent verbal, computer, and communication skills;
  • demonstrated ability to write clearly and concisely;
  • bilingual skills: English/Spanish and/or English/Creole helpful but not required;
  • participation in a law school trial advocacy course or litigation skills program preferred; 
  • willingness to interview clients in jails and in juvenile detention facilities; and,
  • valid Florida Driver’s License, proof of automobile insurance and reliable vehicle, as travel is required.

How to Apply

Complete an Application for Employment at  and submit your resume, cover letter and writing sample, all in PDF format, to jobs@pdmiami.com. Please include information in your cover letter to support your qualifications for this position. Veterans are encouraged to apply.

Due to the volume of applications, please do not call or make inquiries via email.

How You Will Be Evaluated

Your submitted application materials will be reviewed to determine compliance with application requirements, level of position-relevant work experience, education and training.

After your application materials have been reviewed, you may be required to participate in a selection interview. Candidates who do not reside in Miami-Dade County may be interviewed initially via Skype or other electronic means.

Salary & Benefits

$53,000. Extensive entry-level training provided. Full range of state benefits including health insurance, retirement plan, paid vacation, sick leave and holidays. 

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority. Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.