Student Opportunities

We offer many opportunities to explore career options, build resumes, network with professionals, and gain hands-on experience through our programs designed for students and recent graduates:

  • Undergraduate Externship Program

  • Law Student Externship Program

  • Rule 39 Certified Limited Practice Clinic

  • Gideon Fellowship

  • Law Clerk Program

For attorneys, we offer student loan repayment up to $72,000 over a lifetime ($600 per month), ethical caseloads, mentors to work with and learn from, the ability to get felony trial work from the start of your career, and special interest divisions including: appeals, capital, juveniles tried as adults, mental health, rehabilitative courts, sex crimes, and white collar. You will be able to work where your interest and strengths are while receiving excellent training in litigation and case management to build your skills as an advocate.

Access job opportunities with Maricopa County to review positions within the Office of the Public Defender.

  1. Undergraduate Externship
  2. Law Student Externship
  3. Rule 39 Cert. Practice Clinic
  4. Gideon Fellowship
  5. Law Clerk Program

Undergraduate Externship Program:

The Maricopa County Office of the Public Defender Undergraduate Externship Program is designed to give externs exposure to the work environment of a public defender's office, including opportunities to observe and assist in legal proceedings and contribute to the work of the criminal defense team. The Program integrates interns into our office and allows them to assume some of the same responsibilities as our full-time personnel.

Our office accepts applications from students currently in their junior and senior year of their undergraduate studies to work with our mitigation specialists and initial services staff. Preferred candidates are students seeking a degree related to social work and psychology for our mitigation externships. For our initial services externship, Spanish speakers and/or students seeking a degree in criminal justice studies are preferred. 

The externship allows students to earn academic credit through their university during the summer, fall, or spring semesters, if desired.

If interested in applying for our Undergraduate Externship Program, please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Angela DeMarse, the Law Clerk/Extern Supervisor.



Summer 2021

February 5, 2021

Fall 2021

June 25, 2021

Spring 2022

September 24, 2021