The Bronx Defenders


The Bronx Defenders (BxD) is a public defender non-profit that is radically transforming how low-income people in the Bronx are represented in the justice system, and, in doing so, is transforming the system itself. BxD seeks thoughtful, creative, energetic individuals with a strong commitment to social justice to join our dynamic and diverse staff. Our staff of over 350 includes interdisciplinary teams made up of criminal, civil, immigration, and family defense attorneys, as well as social workers, benefits specialists, legal advocates, parent advocates, investigators, and team administrators, who collaborate to provide holistic advocacy to address the causes and consequences of justice system involvement. Through this integrated team-based structure, we have pioneered a groundbreaking, nationally-recognized model of representation called holistic defense that achieves better outcomes for our clients.


Each year, we defend more than 20,000 low-income Bronx residents in criminal, civil, child welfare, and immigration cases, and reach thousands more through our community intake, early defense, and outreach programs. Through impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community organizing, we push for systemic reform at the local, state, and national level. We take what we learn from the clients and communities that we serve and launch innovative initiatives designed to bring about real and lasting change.


All applicants must be dedicated to serving racially and socioeconomically marginalizes communities, and to collaboratively contributing to the holistic defense of our clients. Spanish proficiency is a strong plus.


Compensation for all staff positions is commensurate with experience and accompanied by comprehensive benefits. 




The Bronx Defenders Mentorship, Organizing, Investigation & Advocacy (MOIA) Summer Internships 2020

Applications will be accepted Monday, December 2nd, 2019  through Monday, January 27, 2020


Every year, The Bronx Defenders accepts applications from interns committed to public service and social justice to join our Mentorship, Organizing, Investigation & Advocacy (MOIA) Summer Internship Program. Interviews will take place during the month of February and our robust summer internship programming will begin in May. Please check our listings below during the application period and follow the instructions to apply.  



Summer Internship Diversity Programming


The Bronx Defenders offers a range of diversity programming and activities for interns from underrepresented backgrounds and experiences, including but not limited to the following:


Need-Based Diversity Funding



We understand that financial hardship can make pursuing internship opportunities and careers in public service incredibly difficult, particularly for those from marginalized communities. The Bronx Defenders is dedicated to cultivating committed advocates from various backgrounds and experiences, particularly those who reflect the identities and experiences of the populations that we serve. In effort to promote the diversity and inclusion of people from such underrepresented groups, The Bronx Defenders is offering need-based funding to those in greatest financial need, who contribute to underrepresented diversity in the profession. Each summer intern class will receive information about this funding opportunity, assuming funding is available.


Unfortunately, due to limited resources, our internship opportunities are currently unpaid otherwise. We encourage applicants to seek funding from their academic institutions or third-party funders, and will share opportunities for financial assistance and affordable housing as we learn of them.

Intern of Color Mentoring Program


Recognizing the underrepresentation of people of color in the legal profession, and the need for greater representation in the public interest field, The Bronx Defenders offers an Intern of Color Mentoring Program (IOC) to our summer intern class. Self-identifying interns of color who opt-in to the IOC Program are paired with mentors of similar backgrounds and interests who offer professional support and guidance. In addition to social events and networking mixers, the IOC Program features a Race, Class, Powr and Privilege Discussion Series, in which interns have a safe and supportive space throughout the summer to unpack the nuances of privilege and oppression as it relates to their lived experiences, and the representation of marginalized communities.


LGBTQ+ Mentoring Program


Interns who identify within the LGBTQ+ spectrum may opt-in to this mentorship program, in which they are paired with mentors of similar identification, orientation and/or interests who provide professional support and guidance. The Bronx Defenders LGBTQ+ mentoring program creates a safe and supportive space for participants to explore nuances of privilege and oppression as it relates to their lived experiences and the representation of marginalized populations. Activities include a variety of meetings and social events.


Lateral/Experienced Attorney Applicants
We are currently accepting applications for lateral staff attorney positions in our Civil Action Practice. Please see the related job announcements below for details on the available positions and the application process.

Note that we are not currently accepting applications for our Criminal Defense Practice.


To apply for positions with The Bronx Defenders, please view our Job Listings below, select the position(s) of interest, and follow the instructions to apply. Please be sure to upload both a resume and a cover letter together as a single document when prompted. Applications missing any components or not submitted in the requested manner will not be considered.

If you encounter difficulty, please click the Applications FAQ link at the bottom of the page.

For additional questions regarding employment opportunities at The Bronx Defenders, please contact Lecelott Rosario, Recruiting & Hiring Coordinator, at No phone calls, please.

The Bronx Defenders is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage candidates of all identities, orientations, experiences, and communities to apply.

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