Assistant Public Defender Job Openings - 16 Jobs

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    Assistant Teacher
    Learning Care Group

    Ashburn, VA

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    Teacher Assistant, Kindergarten
    Loudoun County Public Schools

    Ashburn, VA

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    Senior Client Executive - Public Sector
    Verizon

    Ashburn, VA

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    Senior Client Executive - Public Sector
    Verizon

    Ashburn, VA

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    Senior Client Executive Public Sector
    Verizon Communications

    Ashburn, VA

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    Senior Client Executive Public Sector
    Verizon Communications

    Ashburn, VA

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    Public Sector - Oracle Digital Business Development
    Oracle

    Ashburn, VA

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    Solutions Architect - Public Sector Security Solutions
    Verizon Communications

    Ashburn, VA

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    Mid-Market Application Sales | Oracle Marketing Cloud | Northeast| Public Sector
    Oracle

    Ashburn, VA

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    Senior Member of Technical Staff - Oracle Public Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service
    Oracle

    Ashburn, VA

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    Public Sector Hardware Sales Representative - State & Local (SLED) - SoCal, AZ, NM, HI - Hardware Sales Rep IV
    Oracle

    Ashburn, VA

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    Assistant Teacher - Infant Classroom *
    Learning Care Group

    Ashburn, VA

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    Teacher Assistant, Special Education
    Loudoun County Public Schools

    Ashburn, VA

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    Teacher Assistant, Special Education
    Loudoun County Public Schools

    Ashburn, VA

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    Part time After School
    C3 Cyber Club

    Ashburn, VA

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    Part time After School
    C3 Cyber Club

    Ashburn, VA

Assistant Public Defender Jobs

average

$115,820

  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Mostly Sitting
  • Make Decisions
  • Stressful

What does an Assistant Public Defender do

An Assistant Public Defender assists in the planning, administration, organization, and operation of the Public Defender's Office. They visit the crime scene to gather information and prepare case files.

how to become an Assistant Public Defender

All lawyers must have a law degree and must also typically pass a state’s written bar examination.

Education

Becoming a lawyer usually takes 7 years of full-time study after high school—4 years of undergraduate study, followed by 3 years of law school. Most states and jurisdictions require lawyers to complete a juris doctor (J.D.) degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA). ABA accreditation signifies that the law school—particularly its curricula and faculty—meets certain standards.

A bachelor’s degree is required for entry into most law schools, and courses in English, public speaking, government, history, economics, and mathematics are useful.

Almost all law schools, particularly those approved by the ABA, require applicants to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). This test measures applicants’ aptitude for the study of law.

A J.D. degree program includes courses such as constitutional law, contracts, property law, civil procedure, and legal writing. Law students may choose specialized courses in areas such as tax, labor, and corporate law.

Licenses

Prospective lawyers take licensing exams called "bar exams." When a lawyer receives their license to practice law, they are "admitted to the bar."

To practice law in any state, a person must be admitted to the state’s bar under rules established by the jurisdiction’s highest court. The requirements vary by individual states and jurisdictions. For more details on individual state and jurisdiction requirements, visit the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

Most states require that applicants graduate from an ABA-accredited law school, pass one or more written bar exams, and be found by an admitting board to have the character to represent and advise others. Prior felony convictions, academic misconduct, or a history of substance abuse are just some factors that may disqualify an applicant from being admitted to the bar.

Lawyers who want to practice in more than one state often must take the bar exam in each state.

After graduation, lawyers must keep informed about legal developments that affect their practices. Almost all states require lawyers to participate in continuing legal education either every year or every 3 years. 

Many law schools and state and local bar associations provide continuing legal education courses that help lawyers stay current with recent developments. Courses vary by state and generally cover a subject within the practice of law, such as legal ethics, taxes and tax fraud, and healthcare. Some states allow lawyers to take their continuing education credits through online courses. 

Advancement

Newly hired attorneys usually start as associates and work with more experienced lawyers. After several years, some lawyers may be admitted to partnership of their firm, which means they become partial owners of the firm.

After gaining a few years of work experience, some lawyers go into practice for themselves or move to the legal department of a large corporation. Very few in-house attorneys are hired directly out of law school.

A small number of experienced lawyers are nominated or elected to judgeships. Other lawyers may become full-time law school faculty and administrators. For more information about judges and law school faculty, see the profile on judges and hearing officers and the profile on postsecondary teachers.

Other Experience

Law students often gain practical experience by participating in school-sponsored legal clinics, in a school’s moot court competitions, in practice trials under the supervision of experienced lawyers and judges, and through research and writing on legal issues for a school’s law journals.

Part-time jobs or summer internships in law firms, government agencies, and corporate legal departments also provide valuable experience. Some smaller firms, government agencies, and public interest organizations may hire students as summer associate interns after they have completed their first year at law school. Many larger firms’ summer internship programs are only eligible to law students who have completed their second year. These experiences can help law students decide what kind of legal work they want to focus on in their careers, and these internships may lead directly to a job after graduation.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Lawyers help their clients resolve problems and issues. As a result, they must be able to analyze large amounts of information, determine relevant facts, and propose viable solutions.

Interpersonal skills. Lawyers must win the respect and confidence of their clients by building a trusting relationship, so that clients feel comfortable enough to share personal information related to their case.

Problem-solving skills. Lawyers must separate their emotions and prejudice from their clients’ problems and objectively evaluate the matter. Therefore, good problem-solving skills are important for lawyers, to prepare the best defense and recommendation.

Research skills. Preparing legal advice or representation for a client commonly requires substantial research. All lawyers need to be able to find what applicable laws and regulations apply to a specific matter.

Speaking skills. Clients hire lawyers to speak on their behalf. Lawyers must be able to clearly present and explain their case to arbitrators, mediators, opposing parties, judges, or juries. 

Writing skills. Lawyers need to be precise and specific when preparing documents, such as wills, trusts, and powers of attorney.

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Possible Assistant Public Defender Career Paths

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Associate Attorney
Attorney
Associate

Real Assistant Public Defender Salaries

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Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Assistant Public Defender State of Minnesota MO Nov 28, 2014 $60,727
Assistant Public Defender State of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN Nov 28, 2014 $60,727
Assistant Public Defender State of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN Nov 28, 2011 $52,450
Assistant Public Defender Office of The Public Defender 12Th Circuit Bradenton, FL Feb 01, 2011 $50,171

Top Skills for a Assistant Public Defender

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MisdemeanorOffensesNon-JuryTrialsIndigentClientsTrialCounselCriminalDefenseRepresentationPreliminaryHearingsFelonyCasesMentalHealthIssuesCriminalCasesChildAbuseMotionPracticeBondHearingsCircuitCourtPleaAgreementsPleaNegotiationsLegalIssuesClientInterviewsMotionHearingsCriminalMattersDUI

Top Assistant Public Defender Skills

Right now, these skills will help you look good when applying for assistant public defender jobs:
  1. Misdemeanor Offenses
  2. Non-Jury Trials
  3. Indigent Clients
Here are examples of how assistant public defenders have used the most in demand skills on their resumes:
  • Represented indigent clients charged with misdemeanor offenses.
  • Litigated hundreds of motions and non-jury trials on cases involving theft, narcotics, firearms, and acts of violence.
  • Represented indigent clients in felony and misdemeanor criminal cases including jury trials and plea-bargains.
  • Served as lead trial counsel at all stages of criminal litigation, from initial appearance at arraignment through trial and sentencing.
  • Provided criminal defense representation to indigent clients.

Criminal Cases, Criminal Matters, Child Abuse, Plea Negotiations, Motion Hearings, Felony Cases, Circuit Court, Criminal Defense Representation, Mental Health Issues, Bond Hearings, Trial Counsel, Plea Agreements, DUI, Motion Practice, Indigent Clients, Misdemeanor Offenses, Legal Issues, Preliminary Hearings, Non-Jury Trials, Client Interviews

Top Assistant Public Defender Employers

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Top 10 Assistant Public Defender Employers

If you’re looking for a Assistant Public Defender job, you should start with Office of The Public Defender which has hired heavily for the position.

Overall, 10 firms have active listings for Assistant Public Defender.

Office of The Public Defender, Public Defenders Office, Washtenaw Community College, Missouri State Public Defender System, Law Office of The Public Defender, Virginia Indigent Defense Commission, Law Offices of The Public Defender 11Th Judicial Circuit, Office of The Public Defender, 20Th Judicial Circuit, Wisconsin State Public Defender, Delaware County Office of The Public Defender

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