Career Opportunities – Office of the Public Defender

Florida’s Fourth Judicial Circuit

The Office of the Public Defender employs individuals with a passion to serve as advocates for our clients. The Office maintains a staff of 156 employees spread across the Duval, Clay and Nassau County offices.

The office hires:

  • Attorneys who are members of The Florida Bar in good standing who wish to serve as Assistant Public Defenders
  • Certified Legal Interns who are qualified to practice under the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar. Certified Legal Interns (CLI’s) are assigned a case-load and practice under the supervision of a senior attorney
  • Investigators
  • Mitigation Experts
  • Paralegals
  • Witness and client interviewers
  • Support Staff
  • Information Technology professionals
  • Administrative Staff

If you’re looking for:

  • That first job to launch your career…
  • Training to prepare you for the next step…
  • A way to pay for college credits through a tuition waiver program…
  • A fast-paced, team-oriented, office environment…
  • A chance to work in downtown Jax…

What our employees are saying:

Michael (Attorney-4 years): “My favorite thing about working at the PD’s office is the camaraderie. Everyone here is so supportive and willing to help each other out whenever possible, both at work and outside of it.”
Jamie (Legal Assistant-4 years): “PD4 has allowed me to advance within the office which has given me the ability to learn new skills, further my experience, and develop more of a team strategy. It has also pushed me to take advantage of new opportunities that challenge me and inspire me to show up as the best version of myself to get the job done.”
Judy (Legal Assistant-5 years): “Working at PD4 has strengthened my communication skills. We speak with a vast range of people every day, not just clients, and that diversity has assisted me in more effectively communicating with everyone.”
Lucas (Attorney-6 years): “We’re right in the middle of downtown Jacksonville, with plenty of places to visit and eat within walking dis-tance. The office has a great sense of team-work and camaraderie.”

The Office of the Public Defender accepts resumes on an ongoing basis. Although there may be no vacant positions available, your resume will be kept on file for future vacancies matching your qualifications.

Applicants are requested to submit a cover-letter and resume describing the position they are seeking to or submit your cover-letter and resume by U.S. Mail to:

Office of the Public Defender
407 N. Laura Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Attn: Human Resources/Employment

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