Job Postings

New Fellowship: Office of the State Public Defender

The Barry P. Helft Fellow Graduate Legal Assistant [GLA] and/or Attorney Fellow positions are limited­ term appointments in OSPD’s Appellate Fellowship Program. Fellows are employed at-will and the total term of employment is two years, subject to funding availability. Under direct supervision from a Supervising Deputy State Public Defender, or a designee, incumbents perform a wide variety of difficult legal work including: (1) provide high quality and effective assistance of counsel to indigent persons who are appealing their criminal convictions in the California Court of Appeal and/or the California Supreme Court; (2) draft amicus briefs and/or letters filed by OSPD on matters crucial to the development of criminal law as it relates to indigent defendants; and (3) assist in developing arguments in support of systemic litigation OSPD is engaged in to address inequities in the criminal justice system.

Applicants must be California Bar members, or plan to take the July 2021 Bar exam.

How to Apply:
Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. (See GLA exam or Attorney exam) Complete application directions can be found here.


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