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 400 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 marginalized communities, contributing to an anti-oppressive workplace environment and collaboratively contributing to the holistic defense of our clients.
Compensation for all staff positions is commensurate with experience and accompanied by comprehensive benefits. The salary ranges are indicated on each job listing.
Entry-Level Attorney Positions - Training Team 2022
Please stay tuned for updates!
Every year, from August through October, The Bronx Defenders accepts applications from third-year law students and recent graduates for our criminal, family, and immigration practices. Interviews will take place through the beginning of December and the selected interdisciplinary class of entry-level attorneys and advocates starts in September of the following year. Please apply through your on-campus interviewing program or nearest career fair if possible, otherwise, 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:
Summer 2022 Legal Internship Opportunities
Applications will be accepted August 2021 through October 2021
Every year, from August through October, The Bronx Defenders accepts applications from second-year law students for our criminal, family, civil, immigration and impact litigation practices. Interviews will take place through the end of October/first week of November and our robust summer internship programming will begin May/June of the following year. Please apply through your on-campus interviewing program or nearest career fair if possible, otherwise, please check our listings below during the application period and follow the instructions to apply.
Summer Internship Equity Programming
The Bronx Defenders offers a range of equity programming and activities for interns from marginalized backgrounds and experiences, including but not limited to the following:
Need-Based Funding for Interns from Marginalized Identities & Communities
We understand that financial hardship can make pursuing internship opportunities and careers in public service incredibly difficult, particularly for those from marginalized identities and communities. The Bronx Defenders is dedicated to attracting and training committed advocates from various backgrounds, identities and experiences, particularly those who reflect the identities and experiences of the communities we serve. In an effort to increase equity in access to public service internship opportunities, The Bronx Defenders offers need-based equity funding to support interns from marginalized identities who increase diversity of representation in the profession. Each summer intern class will receive information about this funding opportunity, assuming funding is available.
Racially and Ethnically Marginalized Intern Mentoring Program (REMI)
Systemic racism has ensured that Black, Indigenous and people of color remain under-represented as lawyers and advocates in the legal profession, and incredibly over-represented as people targeted by oppressive legal systems. As a result, they are more likely to experience direct, in addition to vicarious trauma while advocating in these systems, and less likely to have enough mentorship and leadership who reflect their identities and share their unique experiences. The Black, Indigenous, & People of Color Mentoring Program (BIPOC) is designed to help fill this void. BIPOC interns are paired with mentors of similar backgrounds and interests who offer professional support and guidance throughout and beyond the internship program. In addition to social events and networking mixers, the Black Indigenous & People of Color Mentoring Program features a series of facilitated discussions where interns can unpack the nuances of privilege and oppression as it relates to their own lived experiences, and their advocacy for others in marginalized communities.
LGBTQIA+ Mentoring Program
People who identify as LGBTQIA+ continue to experience discrimination and underrepresentation in the legal profession - a space where cis-heternormativity holds precedent and can serve to marginalize those who do not fit that frame. As a result, people who hold these identities are less likely to have enough mentorship and leadership who reflect their identities and share their unique experiences. The LGBTQIA+ Program is designed to help fill this void. LGBTQIA+ interns are paired with mentors of similar backgrounds and interests who offer professional support and guidance throughout the internship program. In addition to social events and networking mixers, the LGBTQIA+ Program features a series of facilitated discussions where interns can unpack the nuances of privilege and oppression as it relates to their own lived experiences, and their advocacy for others in marginalized communities.
Summer Internship Compensation
Unfortunately, due to limited resources, our internship opportunities are currently unpaid at this moment. We encourage applicants to seek funding from their academic institutions or third-party funders. We will share opportunities for financial assistance and lower-priced housing as we learn of them.
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.
Check this page periodically for attorney openings in our Immigration Practice.
We are currently accepting applications for our Criminal and Family Defense Practice.
HOW TO APPLY
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 or a video/audio statement in lieu of a cover letter 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls, please.
The Bronx Defenders is an equal opportunity employer and is cultivating an anti-oppressive workplace that embraces staff with a diversity of backgrounds, identities and experiences. We acknowledge the ways in which systemic oppression and injustice can undermine access to professional opportunities and are committed to conducting hiring and promotion processes that are equitable and accessible to those commonly excluded from the workforce. We do not discriminate against and in fact specifically encourage applicants from marginalized communities to apply, including those who identify as Black, Indigenous, people of color, queer, transgender, gender non-conforming, disabled, neurodivergent and those directly impacted by criminal, civil, family and immigration legal systems. We value lived as well as professional experience and particularly welcome applications from the Bronx community that we serve.