The Public Defender Service in Washington, D.C.

The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS) provides and promotes quality legal representation to indigent adults and children facing a loss of liberty in the District of Columbia and thereby protects society’s interest in the fair administration of justice. PDS is regarded as one of the best public defender offices in the country—local or federal. It is the benchmark by which other public defender systems often measure themselves. The Criminal Law Internship Program (CLIP) is a fast paced, hands-on investigative internship program for undergraduate and graduate students. Intern Investigators spend at least 12 weeks at one of the most prestigious public defender offices in the nation. Our interns don’t just sit in the office all day copying files. Partnered together, they work directly with staff attorneys to complete various investigative tasks and zealously advocate for their clients.

How to apply: Our Information Bulletin and application can be found here, and students should apply to our program through our online application. If they have any questions, feel free to reach out to our internship coordinator.