Job Opportunities at PDS
Summer Law ClerkApply Now
About The Job
Law clerks work in one of our seven legal divisions (Appeals, Civil, Community Defender, Mental Health, Parole, Special Litigation and Trial) supporting our attorneys, who zealously represent adults and children in all aspects of our client-centered, wraparound legal services programs. While the bulk of our clerks serve in supportive roles, the students assigned to the Community Defender and Parole divisions directly represent clients in administrative hearings.
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Applicants must submit: (1) a cover letter; (2) a resume; (3) a list of three references (name, e-mail address, telephone number, and a brief statement of how each reference is able to evaluate your skills), (4) an unofficial law school transcript or typed grade list, and (5) a legal writing sample no more than 12 pages. All materials must be submitted online as a single consolidated PDF through the 'apply now' button below.
PDS accepts a limited number of split summer clerks who would otherwise be unable to volunteer their time. If you would like to be considered for the split summer program please note that in your cover letter and choose that option in the 'position' dropdown on the application, or click HERE
For questions about the hiring process, requirements or assistance with applying, please contact:
Jennifer Thomas, Director of Legal Recruiting at (202) 480-0385 or [email protected].
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 Equal Opportunity Employer and E-Verify Participant.