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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.

Jobs with SCCID


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.

Assistant Public Defender - 11th Circuit


Position Title:

Attorney I



Position #:

016720, 020830, and 04170



Salary Range:




Minimum Requirements:


Minimum Education - Applicant must possess a Juris Doctorate degree and be a member of the South Carolina Bar


Minimum Qualification - Previous criminal trial experience and Rule 403 requirements are preferred, but not required



The Eleventh Circuit Public Defender's Office is accepting applications for a full-time public defender.  We have attorney positions open in Lexington and the Tri-Counties (Saluda, Edgefield and McCormick.  Duties include conducting trial and court hearings; client witness interviews; investigating, analyzing and developing mitigation and defenses; case negotiation and related job duties as required. This position will practice mostly in Magistrates Court. Applicant must have a strong work ethic and be able to work independently


Applicants must apply online at:


The positions close January 16, 2022.