Skip to main navigation Skip to main content

Employment and Internships

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

STAFF ATTORNEY POSITIONS: A staff attorney with the Department of Public Advocacy is a person who has active membership and good standing in the Kentucky Bar or with another state bar. Staff Attorneys with the Department of Public Advocacy are public defenders who serve clients throughout the Commonwealth. 
  • No positions available at this time

LAW CLERK POSITIONS: A law clerk with the Department of Public Advocacy is a person who has graduated from an ABA accredited law school and anticipates taking the next offered bar exam in any state. Law Clerks work closely with Public Defenders with the DPA and will assist on a variety of law related activities including: court dockets, research, writing, client communications and preparation for hearings and trial. Current members of any state bar will also be considered for law clerk positions. 

Western Kentucky

  • No positions available at this time

Eastern Kentucky

  • No positions available at this time

Nothern Kentucky

  • No positions available at this time

Bluegrass Region

  • No positions available at this time

 Central Region

  • No positions available at this time

Southern Region

  • No positions available at this time

 
INVESTIGATOR POSITIONS: Public Advocate Investigators assist staff attorneys in the investigation of cases in which the Department of Public Advocacy has been appointed to represent indigent defendants. Interviews are often conducted in prisons, low-income housing and unfamiliar or confrontational settings. May work irregular hours due to nature of investigative work. Extensive travel is required.

  • No positions available at this time

 
ALTERNATIVE SENTENCING WORKER POSITIONS: Provides assistance to defense attorneys in developing alternative sentencing plans, outpatient sentencing plans, pretrial release plans, diversion plans, and reentry plans for individuals who are clients of the Department of Public Advocacy; and performs other duties as required. 

  • No positions available at this time


OFFICE ASSISTANT POSITIONS: Provide assistance to defense attorneys in developing alternative sentencing plans, outpatient sentencing plans, pretrial release plans, diversion plans, and reentry plans for individuals who are clients of the Department of Public Advocacy; and performs other duties as required.

  • No positions available at this time

 

 

DPA ATTORNEY AND CLERK JOB ANNOUNCEMENT EMAILS

 

TO REGISTER TO RECEIVE JOB ANNOUNCEMENT EMAILS FROM THE DPA RECRUITER: please complete the CANDIDATE SURVEY.


 

 

  • THIS IS NOT A JOB APPLICATION:  This Candidate Survey only provides us with your contact information and job preferences so we may contact you in the future when we post a job which meets your qualifications and job preferences. To apply for a job, go to https://careers.ky.gov

 

 

  • HOW DOES THIS CANDIDATE SURVEY WORK: The Candidate Survey asks for licensing information and location / job type preferences. Using this information, the Recruiter can filter the candidate list to determine who should receive a job announcement email.  
  • MAY I UPLOAD MY RESUME: You must upload a resume to this survey.  You may upload any other documents you wish such as a cover letter, transcript and/or a writing sample.  Please name all uploaded documents in the following manner:   Last Name, First Name Type of Document     EXAMPLE:  Smith, Jane Resume or Brown, John Cover Letter

 

  • WHO RECEIVES THIS SURVEY: This Candidate Survey is intended for individuals who have graduated law school (or will graduate in May 2018) and plan to take the July 2018 bar exam OR licensed attorneys.  It doesn’t matter if you plan to take the bar in another state or if you hold an out-of-state license.  Kentucky has a Limited Practice License for anyone licensed in another state.  This Limited License remains active for 18 months and in that time, you would have to take and pass the Kentucky Bar Exam. NOTE: Only licensed attorneys are eligible for Staff Attorney positions.  Recent law school graduates are eligible for Clerk positions.
  • JOB LOCATIONS:  We do not yet know where the jobs will be located but we currently have a particular need in western Kentucky, so if you have flexibility regarding location, please select as many regions as you feel comfortable when completing this survey.  However, if you must stay within a certain region of Kentucky, then please only select that region as a location preference. Post-Trial positions are always located in either Frankfort or LaGrange, Kentucky.  Appeals, Adult Post-Conviction, Capital Post-Conviction and Juvenile Post-Disposition are all located in Frankfort.  There is an Adult Post-Conviction Branch in LaGrange.


 

HOW TO APPLY FOR A POSITION WITH THE DPA

 

The Department of Public Advocacy operates under the Justice and Public Safety branch of the Kentucky State Government system. As such, all current vacancies may be found on the Personnel Cabinet's Career Opportunities Portal
 
In the "Key Word" box, type the desired job category, such as:  Attorney, Clerk, Investigator, Alternative Sentencing Work, Legal Secretary 
To be considered for an interview, you must create an account with the Personnel Cabinet, complete the online state application and apply to each posted vacancy. All DPA positions are filled according to the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet regulations. DPA encourages you to set up your Personnel Cabinet profile and also to reach out to Patti Heying​ so that she can inform you of any open positions that fit your interests and qualifications. 

 

 

WHY WORK FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC ADVOCACY?

 

Kentucky DPA has over 350 attorneys aspiring to provide the highest level of legal advocacy to each of our 148,000 clients a year. We are committed to making the Public Defender’s Office the most professional public law firm in Kentucky. The office recruits and hires candidates who are committed to quality ethical representation and improving the criminal justice system. In order to ensure the best quality legal representation for our clients, the Department of Public Advocacy's defense team includes: attorneys; investigators; mitigation specialists, alternative sentencing workers (social workers); administrative professionals and interns from both undergraduate and law school programs. A description of each position can be found by clicking on the position title.