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The New Hampshire Public Defender is committed to the principle of equal opportunity for all of our employees, our volunteers, our contractors, and our applicants for employment. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, marital/parental status, sexual orientation, national origin, or disability in our conditions of employment or in our hiring.

Each year, the Public Defender Program recruits law students and undergraduates to assist its lawyers in the defense of the indigent accused. We offer 10-week internships throughout the calendar year. The Program also seeks third year law students and judicial law clerks interested in joining NHPD as staff attorneys. Most of the Program’s recruiting efforts for new lawyers and interns take place in the fall through on-campus interviews and job fairs, and through related events sponsored by Equal Justice Works and the Black Law Students Association.

To apply for a position as a staff attorney or intern, send us a letter of interest, resume, and a current academic transcript (unofficial is ok). The letter of interest should explain the basis for your general interest in indigent defense and your specific interest in working for the New Hampshire Public Defender Program.

The application deadline for staff attorney position vacancies arising in the following year is November 15th.  The application deadline for Fall internships is June 1st, and for Spring internships is November 1st.

For staff-attorney, or internship positions, please submit all documents or inquiries electronically to Barbara Blair, Recruitment Coordinator, at

To learn more about NHPD, to find a current staff attorney who graduated from your school, to find out when and where we are conducting on-campus interviews, or to ask specific questions about our recruiting, please also contact Barbara at
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