Closing Date: 6th June, 2023


The Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy (DPA) is nationally recognized as a model statewide public defender system with an exceptional training and education program. Our defense teams ensure the criminal justice process is fair, results are just, and individual liberties are protected.

We are hiring a Law Clerk to assist the criminal defense team in the Paducah Trial Office. Kentucky DPA looks for individuals who have demonstrated a desire to help the poorest and often the most vulnerable in their communities.

The ideal candidate recently completed all coursework at an ABA accredited law school to receive a JD degree and plans to take the next available bar exam or has recently received their license to practice law. These individual exhibits exceptional planning/organizational skills is self-directed and comfortable working with their defense team which includes attorneys, investigators, alternative sentencing workers and office administrative staff. We seek to hire persons who understand it is a privilege to represent our clients and we do so on behalf of the people of Kentucky.

This is an Interim position. An Interim position means a position established to address a one-time or recurring need of less than nine (9) months duration and exempt from the classified service under KRS 18A.115.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Clerks assist attorneys representing indigent defendants by providing support such as legal research and writing,
  • Interviewing clients and other duties as required.
  • Duties are performed primarily in both office and courtroom settings.
  • Travel is required.

Minimum Requirements
Education: Graduate of a college or university with a bachelor's degree and a minor in paralegal studies
completion of a two-year program in paralegal studies
completion of twenty-four semester hours at an American Bar Association accredited law school.

Experience, Training, Or Skills: NONE

Substitute Education For Experience: NONE

Substitute Experience For Education: Experience as a paralegal or legal secretary will substitute for the required two-year paralegal studies program on a year-for-year basis.

Special Requirements (Age, Licensure, Regulation, Etc.): NONE

Working Conditions: Incumbents working in this job title primarily perform duties in an office setting. Minimal travel may be required.

If you have questions about this advertisement, please contact Holly McNeil at or 502-782-3885.

An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D