The Jefferson County Public Defender’s Office is now accepting application for qualified attorneys.  Please read the information below and submit your application.

The Jefferson County Public Defender’s Office is seeking qualified candidates for open positions.  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.


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:

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


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.