Office of the Federal Public Defender-Northern District of California


Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals


The Federal Public Defender represents defendants in trial and appellate level criminal cases before the United States Magistrate Court, the United States District Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Our clients are charged with crimes which fall under federal jurisdiction -- cases from armed bank robbery to tax fraud, from immigration violations to petty offenses on federal land (such as national parks and military bases).

Open Positions

Assistant Paralegal -Termed- Part-Time, San Francisco, please see the attached notice.

Federal Public Defenders across the nation are currently hiring for multiple positions. Listings can be found here.

Please visit our site soon for updated opportunities.

Full Time Employment

The Federal Public Defender advertises for full-time employment in the Northern California legal media and on the Office of Defender Services' website. The Defender's Office usually does not hire attorneys directly out of law school.

The Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of California is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Student Employment

We enjoy working with students throughout the year. All externs and clerks have the opportunity to observe all phases of a criminal case. Although the emphasis is on research and writing, students attend court proceedings and client and witness interviews. Students are often asked to assist in the investigation of cases and help attorneys prepare for trial. Students also provide direct assistance to those who have received tickets for alleged federal and state code violations while on federal property.

Summer Volunteer Positions: Students are required to have successfully completed courses in Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and Constitutional Law. We accept second year students for these positions. Outstanding 1Ls may apply for any remaining openings per ABA rules and deadlines. Applications from 2L students must be received by November 15th of the year preceding the summer of employment.

Fall/Spring Volunteer Positions: Applicants for the school year should have successfully completed Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure by the position's start date. Second and third year students are encouraged to apply. Applications are taken year round.

All applications must include a resume, brief writing sample, transcript, and a list of three references. Please forward these materials to the law clerk supervisor at the appropriate office, below:

Office of the Federal Public Defender
Attn: Law Clerk Supervisor
450 Golden Gate Avenue
Box 36106
Room 19-6884
San Francisco, CA 94102

Office of the Federal Public Defender
Attn: Law Clerk Supervisor
1301 Clay Street
Suite 1350N
Oakland, CA 94612

Office of the Federal Public Defender
Attn: Law Clerk Supervisor
55 South Market Street, Suite 820
San Jose, CA 95113


Requests for Quotations

We currently accepting quotations for pricing on a Search Product.  For more information, please see this attached proposal.