ABOUT US

The Jefferson County Public Defender’s Office was established to serve people who cannot afford legal representation in the Criminal Courts of the Birmingham Division of Jefferson County. Our office represents clients in misdemeanor and felony matters in Criminal Courts as well as on appeal.

Our goal is to provide the highest quality of representation to our clients regardless of their ability to pay for our services.


EMPLOYMENT


The Jefferson County Public Defender’s Office is now accepting applications for Assistant Public Defender and Social Services Coordinator. Deadline to apply is August 16th, 2019, by 5:00 p.m. Please see the Employment page for the full announcement.

Attorney and Non-Attorney Positions


The Jefferson County Public Defender’s Office is accepting applications. Interested applicants should complete the application form, available below, and submit it to careers@jeffcodefender.org. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Attorney Application

Non-attorney Application

Please note: for ALL attorney applicants, a writing sample must accompany your application. That sample may be a motion, a memorandum of law, appeal brief, etc. Non-attorney applicants should include a resume and references from three past employers (see application for details).

Positions within the Jefferson County Public Defender’s Office are at-will and not subject to the State of Alabama’s Merit System.


Internships

The Jefferson County Public Defender’s Office (JCPD) provides legal representation to persons charged with criminal crimes in the Birmingham Division of Jefferson County. The JCPD offers an unpaid internship program to law students throughout the State of Alabama.

Interns assist attorneys and investigators in the different stages of client representation, including, meeting with clients and witnesses, reviewing and organizing discovery materials, researching constitutional and criminal law issues, drafting motions or pleadings, and preparing cases for trial. Interns will also have opportunities to observe hearings and trials.

The program requires a commitment of at least 12 hours per week for students seeking to work either during the fall or spring semester. The summer program requires a full-time commitment.

Applications must include a cover letter and resume. Please specify when you are interested in working. Students pursuing externship credit are welcome to apply. Please direct your applications via email to careers@jeffcodefender.org or mail package to:

Jefferson County Public Defender
950 22nd St N. Ste 1000
Birmingham, AL 35203


THE JEFFERSON COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER’S OFFICE IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

We encourage all qualified applicants to apply without regard to age, color, national origin, disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression.