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The Alaska Public Defender Agency hires new lawyers and experienced attorneys to handle civil (CINA and commitment), appellate, and criminal matters.

Positions are available in both urban and rural locations. The Agency has thirteen offices statewide, located in Anchorage, Barrow, Bethel, Dillingham, Fairbanks, Juneau, Kenai, Ketchikan, Kodiak, Kotzebue, Nome, Palmer and Sitka.

Judicial Law Clerks and J.D. Candidates

The Alaska Public Defender Agency hires third-year law students and judicial law clerks for civil, juvenile, and criminal trial positions that are available in September.

The deadline for applying for the fall positions is March 31st of each year. Interviews are conducted at the end of April.

The PDA gives preference to applicants who are admitted to practice in Alaska. The PDA will also hire applicants who are not currently members of the Alaska Bar, but those applicants must be eligible under Alaska Bar Rule 44, section 8.

Experienced Attorneys

The Alaska Public Defender Agency hires experienced lawyers on an ongoing basis for available civil and criminal trial positions. Applicants must be able to gain admittance to the Alaska Bar through reciprocity or examination within 10 months of starting employment.

Job Openings

Openings for attorney positions will be posted below. Applicants who want to be notified of job openings must sign up for the job openings mailing list.

Previous attorney job openings

To apply for a position applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, three references, and a writing sample in PDF format by email to Jin Chong, (907) 269-0354.


The Alaska Public Defender Agency is currently hiring staff attorneys for its Bethel, Kodiak and Kenai offices. Trial attorneys for the Alaska Public Defender Agency provide court-appointed legal representation to indigent individuals in criminal cases.

Applicants must possess outstanding writing and analytical skills and be able to work independently to research and compose legal briefs as well as possess strong oral advocacy skills and clinical/trial practicum experience. Applicants must be admitted to the Alaska bar, be willing to sit for the next Alaska Bar exam, or be eligible for bar admission by reciprocity.

Prior legal experience preferred.

Salary range is commensurate with experience. Job provides excellent state benefits.

If interested, please submit a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample of 15 pages or less, and three references by email to Jin Chong at The legal writing sample should reflect the applicant's own work without significant revision from others. Applications will be accepted until July 31st.