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From time to time positions are available for public defenders at the county level, appellate level, and other administrative personnel. Internships and fellowships are also available periodically. Below are current job openings with SCCID and some related positions elsewhere within South Carolina.

Not all job opportunities are listed here, however. Be sure to check various county websites for any jobs near you, as public defender and support staff positions are posted at the county level. You should also check the South Carolina state jobs site at for other employment opportunities at the state level.


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Assistant Public Defender, Seventh Judicial Circuit (Spartanburg County office)



Assistant Public Defender, Seventh Judicial Circuit (Spartanburg County office)

Under the regular supervision of the Circuit Public Defender performs intermediate professional work providing legal services to indigent citizens accused of crimes.

KNOWLEDGE /ABILITIES:  Interviews clients; researches issues of law and evidence; prepares defenses against criminal prosecutions; appears in court to present defense; prepares and maintains files and records. Represent indigent clients. Researches issues of law and evidence; prepares defenses against criminal prosecutions; appears in court to present defense; prepares and maintains files and records; extensive knowledge of policies, procedures, methods and activities of the Public Defender Department. Possess thorough knowledge and expertise in legal matters and criminal law, and the processes involved in same; extensive knowledge of the rules and regulations governing the department.

Knowledge in the principles of organization, planning, development, and implementation of responsibilities as they relate to the activities of the Assistant Public Defender.  Requires extensive knowledge of the legal system, state laws and court rules. The ability to effectively communicate with individuals and groups from a wide variety of backgrounds; using  independent judgment and discretion as necessary in providing assistance and information to the general public. Knows how to perform duties in a courteous manner and with the utmost integrity in the best interest of the public.

Able to compile, prepare, review and analyze an assortment of information; ability to effectively perform required duties and responsibilities under stressful and demanding conditions.  The ability to schedule activities and to establish certification requirements as they pertain to job responsibilities and  requirement  to keep abreast of changing laws and procedures. Must be able to utilize all levels of functional and situation judgment as required. Performs related tasks as required.


Must be physically able to operate various automated office machines including personal computer, telephone, copier, fax, etc. Must be physically able to exert up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects. Requires the ability to read a variety of documents and reports, and the ability to talk and/or hear, to record and deliver information and to follow verbal and written instructions.           

REQUIREMENTS AND EXPERIENCE: Graduate of law school of recognized standing and licensed by State of South Carolina to practice law (Please do not apply if not currently admitted to the South Carolina Bar); complete 403 requirements. Experience in criminal defense law is preferred but not required. Basic computer skills required.

Minimum salary $48,409 -

Applications accepted through November 30, 2016.

May apply on-line at, and then follow the links to Employment Opportunities.

Assistant Public Defender III (3 Positions)


Under limited supervision, must be mentally and physically capable of representing indigent defendants accused of crimes in General Sessions Court. Appropriately manages court time as scheduled, and provides legal advice to County personnel and the public. Reports to the Public Defender.

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Assistant Public Defender (Allendale, Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper Counties)


The Fourteenth Circuit Public Defender’s Office (Allendale, Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties) is now accepting applications for the position of Assistant Public Defender.  For more information on the position, please go to .  To apply for the position, follow the application instructions at .