Basic Function: Provide legal representation to indigent clients charged with criminal offenses facing the possibility of incarceration

Job Duties: Duties to include pre-trial and trial preparation; litigating all aspects of the case through disposition at the trial court level; promoting and protecting the best interest of the client at all times; maintaining client contact by telephone, appointments, or institutional visits; keeping client apprised of investigations, negotiations, and court rulings; appearing at regularly scheduled court dockets and all appearances concerning assigned caseload; drafting motions and pleadings.

Qualifications: Must be a current member of the Missouri Bar or eligible for bar licensure in Missouri.

Geographic Locations: Visit website at for weekly update of position vacancies.

MSPD is always seeking to hire motivated, client centered attorneys to work in hard to fill jurisdictions within the state. Contact Taylor Derritt, Human Resources Specialist, at 573-777-9977 if you are interested in learning more about rural placement opportunities.

Salary/Benefits: Starting salary is $60,000. After one year, an APD is eligible for salary increase to $65,000. Eligible for full state benefits including health, life, and long-term disability insurance, retirement plan, paid holidays, vacation, sick leave, CLE training, and payment of bar dues.

To Apply: An Application for Employment must be completed to be considered for opening(s). Applicants may also provide a resume, cover letter, and writing sample. Applications can be obtained at any Public Defender office, via website at or by calling (573) 777-9977.

Send completed applications by mail, fax, or email to:

Missouri State Public Defender

Attn: Human Resources

Woodrail Centre1000 W. Nifong, Bldg. 7, Suite 100

Columbia, MO 65203

Fax: 573-777-9976


Missouri State Public Defender is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.