Spring Law Clerkship

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Open Date: Oct 25, 2022
Close Date: Dec 9, 2022

About The Job

PDS Overview:

All students interested in the hybrid spring law clerk program must be enrolled in a credit-bearing course under their law school's externship program and, prior to the first day of work, submit proof of Covid vaccination. 

Through "APPLY NOW," please upload a single PDF with a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and unofficial transcript or grade list and indicate in the drop-down menu which division you are interested in. At this time, we are NOT accepting applications for the Parole Division, Mental Health Division, and Trial Division, including immigration.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the program is full, or by December 9, 2022.

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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.