Employment Requirements and Terms
Staff attorneys at the Louisville-Jefferson County Public Defender's office must be members in good standing of the Kentucky Bar Association (see SCR 2.010). This may be accomplished by applying for admission in a timely manner (see SCR 2.022) and taking and passing the Kentucky Bar Examination, which is offered twice a year in February and July. If you are a licensed attorney in another state and a member in good standing of that state's bar, it may also be accomplished by seeking reciprocal admission pursuant to SCR 2.110 or by filing an application for a limited certificate of admission to practice law in an organized public defender program (see SCR 2.112). Other terms of employment are discussed during the interview process and eventually memorialized in a letter of employment for those applicants who succeed in securing a position on the staff.
Successful applicants will possess a background in criminal law and trial practice and/or equivalent law school courses or clinics. Applicants should also demonstrate strong advocacy and writing skills.
The Louisville-Jefferson County Public Defender Corporation is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The Public Defender Corp. does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, disability, or sexual orientation. The Public Defender Corp. encourages applications from minorities and other groups that are underrepresented in the legal profession.