Become A Defender

The Defender Association of Philadelphia is more than just a law firm. We’re the community’s lawyers.

The Defender team – more than 500 attorneys, social workers, investigators, administrators, and other staff – make sure that everyone, regardless of income, has access to high-quality defense when facing criminal charges. Our mission-driven, client-centered model focuses on outcomes that support a system that is fundamentally fair and creates safer, stronger communities. Our unique model and approach gives our attorneys and staff with the skills and support they need to get the best outcomes for our clients. Many former Defenders go on in their careers to serve as judges, state and federal officials, and successful private practitioners. Come join our team!

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Our Core Benefits


Litigation Experience

Attorneys gain invaluable courtroom experience working a full case docket

Meaningful Work

Ensure that poverty never prevents access to justice

Growth Opportunities

Build a rewarding career with the Defender Association

Ongoing Training

Continue to learn and grow with the help of our entire team