Fall Law Clerk

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Open Date: Apr 6, 2023
Close Date: Jun 9, 2023
Position Type: Law Clerk
Location: 633 Indiana Avenue, NW Washington, District of Columbia 20004

About The Job

PDS Overview:

The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia seeks fall law clerks to work in several of our legal divisions. We are currently accepting applications for our Appeals, Civil Legal Services, Juvenile Services, Prisoner & Reentry Legal Services, Special Education and Trial practices. At this time we are not accepting applications for our Immigration, Mental Health or Parole divisions.

Position Description:

Please review the division descriptions under the about  - legal services division tabs on the home page of this website, www.pdsdc.org.

Required Qualifications:

Demonstrated commitment to indigent criminal defense representation or other work with low-income, low-wealth clients. If you have not had an opportunity to work with these populations please address that in your cover letter and discuss any skills that you believe are transferable to the division(s) you are applying for.


Credit only

Who May Apply:

1Ls, 2Ls and LLMs
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The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS) is a federally funded, independent organization; governed by an eleven-member Board of Trustees, PDS provides legal representation to individuals facing a loss of freedom in the local criminal, delinquency, and mental health systems in the District of Columbia. PDS’s approximately 235 attorneys, social workers, investigative specialists, administrative, and technical staff collaborate with each other to advance the PDS mission. PDS’s main office is located at 633 Indiana Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. District of Columbia residency is not a requirement for employment. PDS is funded by federal appropriations, and all employees are entitled to participate in the federal health and life insurance plans, the federal retirement plans (FERS, FERS-RAE, FERS-FRAE, CSRS, CSRS-Offset), and the Thrift Savings Plan. Transferring employees will receive recognition of creditable federal service for leave accrual and retirement purposes. Employment at PDS is neither federal nor District of Columbia government employment, and all employees are at-will.

PDS is an E-Verify participating agency. Please see the Right to Work Poster and the E-Verify Participation Poster for more information.


PDS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and E-Verify Participant.