Public Defender Internship (Juris Doctor) - Office of the Municipal Public Defender

  • City and County of Denver
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Aug 31, 2019
Full Time Internship Legal Services Municipal or County Clerk

Job Description

About Our Job
The Denver Office of the Municipal Public Defender's primary focus is to provide comprehensive legal representation to defendants who face jail time for violating municipal ordinances or traffic offenses in the Denver County Court System. Our office has been in operation since January 1, 2015 and is overseen by the City's Chief Municipal Public Defender. The creation of this office ensures that the City and County of Denver is on the same level with other progressive municipalities providing quality in-house Public Defense services for indigent citizens.

The Chief Municipal Public Defender is seeking unpaid interns for Fall 2019 - extensions for school credit are also available. Interns will gain experience in the courtrooms and supplement the scope of their legal education. Interns will also gain experience in criminal defense.

As an intern, you will have the opportunity to experience:
  • Criminal law and procedure
  • Courtroom procedures
  • Legal research and writing
  • Investigations
  • Interview witnesses
  • Trial preparation
  • Courtroom trials
  • Writing and litigation motions
  • Appellate work


Public Defender internship and duties will depend upon the level of experience and whether the candidate qualifies under the Student Practice Act.

This an unpaid internship
About You
Our ideal candidate will have/be:
  • Interest in public defense
  • Previous law clinic work experience
  • High attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Be extremely organized
  • Ability to work with diverse populations
  • Ability to adapt to changes in work
  • Possess conflict resolution abilities
  • Legal research, writing, and oral advocacy experience


We realize your time is valuable so please do not apply if you do not have at least the following required minimum qualifications:
  • Must be currently enrolled in Law School leading to the attainment to a JD


Additional required documents that must be submitted at the time of application to be considered for this position:
  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Writing sample of your choice no more than 3 pages in length
About Everything Else

Job Profile
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Position Type
Unpaid Intern

Position Salary Range
$0.00 - $0.00

Starting Pay
$0.00

Agency
Office of Municipal Public Defender

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