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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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Attorney I, SCCID Capital Division Fellowship Attorney


Opening Date:  09/02/2019 


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Select Attorney I, Job Number 2019-OIDC-AI-9094



Attorney I, Job Number 2019-OIDC-AI-9094
Salary:  $32,838.00 Annually
Location:  Richland County, SC
Job Type:  Time Limited - Full-Time
Agency:  Commission on Indigent Defense-Capital Division
Job Number:  2019-OIDC-AI-9094
Agency Specific Application Procedures:  Apply Online
Residency Requirement:  Yes
Residency Requirement (specifics):  Must live in or be willing to relocate to the Columbia, SC area.
EEO Statement:  Equal Opportunity Employer


Job Responsibilities
With minimal supervision, the Fellowship Attorney will assist in the representation of indigent defendants facing the death penalty in South Carolina at the trial level in General Sessions Court.  Must be competent to assist counsel in defending a person charged with a capital felony. This position is for the limited time of 1 year.
As part of a defense team, the Fellowship Attorney will provide effective assistance of counsel in accordance with the ABA Guidelines for the Appointment and Performance of Defense Counsel in Death Penalty Cases, including:

Courtroom advocacy in pre-trial, trial, and post-trial proceedings;
Development and maintenance of positive and productive working relationships with clients and significant other case participants;
Legal research, analysis, and writing of motions and briefs;
Investigation and preparation of evidence for pre-trial hearings, trials, and post-trial hearings;
Development and implementation of case theory, investigation, and litigation strategies;
Preparation for pre-trial, trial, and post-trial negotiations and litigation;
Identification, selection, preparation, and presentation of expert witnesses;
Attendance at, and participation in, in-house and external trainings directed to improve and enhance the Fellowship Attorney's skill set in the provision of capital defender services;
Providing litigation support on a consultative basis to other capital defense practitioners; and
Additional services and duties as the needs of the office dictate. 
Minimum and Additional Requirements
A Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school, and within 6 months of hiring to become a Licensed attorney in Good Standing and admitted to the SC State Bar;
Training in or experience with criminal defense;
Training in or experience in the analysis, introduction of, and opposition to forensic science evidence;
A demonstrated commitment to working with clients in poverty;
A commitment to excellence in the provision of capital defender services;
Creativity and energy in approaching indigent defense and capital representation;
Strengths in teamwork, client relations, and relationship building;
Skill and experience in written and oral advocacy;
Preferred Qualifications
Training in or experience in the defense of capital cases;
Training in or experience in death penalty litigation;
Experience or training concerning mental health issues associated with the criminal system;
Experience working with disadvantaged client groups;
Computer literacy, including; Microsoft Office, PowerPoint and Westlaw-Case Notebook
Can assist in managing all aspects of a death penalty trial, including instruction and consultation regarding capital voir dire and the collection and presentation of evidence;
Can manage legal and non-legal staff, review work production of all trial team members, including experts, investigators, witness depositions or statements and all other material related to trial and trial procedure;
Knowledge of SC laws and the ability to interpret and apply policies, laws and judicial decisions.
Additional Comments
Position requires extensive travel, often for extended periods of time, at times exceeding three weeks.
A valid driver's license and a good driving record are required 



2019-OIDC-AI-9094 Job Bulletin.pdf

SENIOR ASSISTANT PUBLIC DEFENDER - Seventh Judicial Circuit (Spartanburg Office)


SENIOR ASSISTANT PUBLIC DEFENDER - Seventh Judicial Circuit (Spartanburg Office)

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

KNOWLEDGE / ABILITIESInterviews 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 Office. 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.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS OR STANDARDS REQUIRED TO PERFORM ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:  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.  Significant experience in criminal defense law is required. Basic computer skills required.

Minimum salary $54,219; Salary DOE.

Applications accepted until position is filled.

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