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Below is a link to current job openings with SCCID.  Available positions may include staff attorneys, appellate defense attorneys, and administrative personnel. Internships and fellowships may also be available periodically.  Also linked below may be information regarding other indigent-defense-related positions elsewhere in South Carolina such as public defenders at the county level.


Not all job opportunities are listed here.  Local public-defender attorney and support-staff positions are posted at the county level, so please check the various county websites for any openings near you. You may also check the South Carolina state jobs site at for other employment opportunities at the state level.


SCCID is an equal opportunity employer.


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Assistant Public Defender - 4th Circuit (Darlington County Office)








Position:                        Assistant Public Defender (Full-time)

Location:                       Darlington County Office

Application Deadline:   June 30, 2022 5:00PM


The 4th Circuit Public Defender’s Office is accepting applications for a full-time Assistant Public Defender. The 4th Circuit Public Defender’s Office was created by the Indigent Defense Act of 2007, to provide representation for indigent defendants charged with crimes in Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, and Marlboro counties of South Carolina.


Job Description and Qualifications: The Assistant Public Defender (APD) will provide every aspect of legal representation to persons charged with state crimes who, because of indigence, cannot obtain counsel to represent them. Duties of the APD include representation of clients in trials and court hearings, client and witness interviews, investigation, analysis of the strength of cases, development of mitigation and defenses, case negotiation, community outreach, and related job duties as assigned by a supervisor.


Candidate must:

* Be a member of the SC Bar, in good standing

* Have completed all SC Rule 403 requirements

* Possess proficient computer skills

* Possess excellent written and oral communication skills

* Be able to conduct legal research and possess the ability to analyze cases and legal opinions

* Have a strong work ethic and be committed to the service of public defense

* Be a US Citizen or eligible to work in the United States


Salary: $50,000 + benefits


Application Information: Qualified persons may apply by forwarding a letter of interest/cover letter and resume, by email (in PDF format) or standard mail to:


Nathan R. Scales

4th Circuit Public Defender Office

122 N. MacArthur Avenue

Dillon, South Carolina 29536





Thursday, June 30, 2022.


The 4th Circuit Public Defender’s Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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To view and apply for positions currently available with the Office of Indigent Defense, the Office of Appellate Defense, and the Capital Division, CLICK HERE.

Administrative Assistant, Office of Appellate Defense

Opening Date:  Position Open
Salary:  $32,000.00 Annually
Location:  Richland County, SC
Job Type:  Full-Time
Application Deadline:  3/18/2022 11:59 PM Eastern
Agency Specific Application Procedures:  CLICK HERE TO APPLY ONLINE
Job Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Administrative Coordinator, perform legal secretarial and administrative duties including, but not limited to: 

  • Compose and prepare correspondence, documents, and other materials as assigned by respective attorneys. 
  •  Maintain current knowledge of regulations and formats required for legal documents. 
  • Proofread documents to verify accuracy and completeness of citations and references for legal correspondence and documents. 
  • Maintain calendars for respective attorneys of scheduled appointments, conferences and hearings. 
  • Maintain calendars for deadlines to the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals for filings of pleadings. 
  • Must be completely familiar with time requirements set on each case by the Courts and take full responsibility for informing designated attorneys of these deadlines. 
  • Must give adequate notice to the attorney in order to ensure completion of filings before the applicable deadlines. 
  • Operate a variety of standard office equipment, including computer word processing software and case management database. 
  • Maintain daily tickler systems and complete set-up and maintenance of filing systems for assigned cases. 
  • Communicate with Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.


Minimum and Additional Requirements


  • High school diploma
  • Command of the English language with strong comprehension and writing skills
  • Proficient keyboarding skills
  • Proficiency in basic computer applications such as Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision. 
  • A valid driver's license


Preferred Qualifications


  • Associate's Degree or Technical College Degree in Secretarial Science, Legal Administrative Assistant, or similar field
  • Knowledge and understanding of legal terminology and legal documents
  • Work experience in a law office or other legal environment

Assistant Public Defender - Richland County


The Richland County Public Defender Office is looking for dedicated people interested in public service.

As a Public Defender, you will represent indigent individuals charged with criminal offenses in Richland County, serving the community by guaranteeing the fundamental right to counsel.  You can expect to spend a lot of time in the courtroom where you’ll try criminal cases, argue motions, and negotiate plea bargains. To prepare for your duties in court, you will participate in case investigation including investigating crime scenes, interviewing witnesses and victims, examining evidence, researching legal issues, evaluating and preparing witnesses for trial, and assisting in jury selection.  In addition to your daily work as a Public Defender, you’ll also have opportunities to attend professional conferences, trainings, seminars, and workshops, and to give presentations to various community and civic organizations.

Join us in the essential and rewarding work of serving the public!


Apply Online:


For more information contact: Patrick Kelly –



Requires Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school.

Must possess and maintain current membership in the S.C. Bar Association.

Must possess a valid state driver’s license.

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