Join the PDS Champions of Liberty

Why Join the PDS Champions of Liberty?

PDS staff and alumni will tell you that working at PDS is the best job you will ever have! 

Our work environment is:

  • Professional and familial
  • Culturally diverse
  • Encouraging and engaging

We offer:

  • Federal benefits
  • Exceptional training opportunities
  • Career cultivation
  • A community of excellence

PDS is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Why Should You Join the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia?

What it Means to Work at PDS

The Work of a Juvenile Trial Lawyer

The PDS Law Clerkship Experience

Criminal Law Internship Program

PDS Staff Attorney Craig Hickein talks about his career as a public defender in "Discovering the Importance of a Career in Public Service" by the American University Washington College of Law

Our employees are rewarded and satisfied here at PDS. You can review our results from the PDS 2014 Employee Survey:

Top Three Results Percent Agree

I have enough discretion to perform my duties effectively


PDS satisfies the needs of its clients


I am proud to say that I work for PDS



Job Satisfaction Percent Agree

I like the kind of work I do


My work gives me a feeling of personal accomplishment


Overall, I am satisfied with my job