Criminal Defense Attorney (CDA)

New Mexico State Personnel OfficeAlbuquerque, New mexicoFull TimeOn Site


Objectives Summary

Do you have what it takes to be a Public Defender?

Are you motivated by a desire to help those who society has largely abandoned? Do you enjoy the role of advocating for the underdog?

The New Mexico Law Offices of the Public Defender is excited to announce opportunities to join our team and be on the front lines of criminal justice reform!

We are growing our Albuquerque Felony team and have multiple job opportunities in this beautiful city.

Why consider moving to Albuquerque? How about the beautiful landscape and 310 days of sunshine each year! Moving here means getting four seasons!

Living in Albuquerque means beautiful sunsets, stunning lights and scenic landscaping.


Lots of yearly festivals and cultural events such as the world’s largest International Balloon Fiesta held every October, the New Mexico State Fair in September, and the San Felipe Fiesta held in Old Town every year in late spring.


And let’s not forget about the Albuquerque hot spots like Old Town, Downtown, Westside, Balloon Fiesta Park, the Sandia Peak Tramway!

Sparked your interest yet?

If you’d like to learn more about living in Albuquerque, NM, click here.


Here’s what the New Mexico Law Offices of the Public Defender is looking for:

Attorneys that are committed to advocating on behalf of indigent clients.

Attorneys interested in positively impacting the lives of clients through holistic representation.

Attorneys that have the ability to stand up for a client, and stand up to “the system.”

Attorneys who are excited about the opportunity to gain vast amounts of courtroom and litigation experience, familiarity with state statutes and working knowledge of the rules of evidence and trial practice


Use these links to take a look at the specific positions we’re looking to fill:

Public Defender 2 (Download PDF reader)

Average PD 2 Pay: $28.96/hr. $60,235.90/annual

Public Defender 3 (Download PDF reader)

Average PD 3 Pay: $33.13/hr. $68,914.30/annual

Public Defender 4 (Download PDF reader)

Average PD 4 Pay: $39.16/hr. $81,459.88/annual

Public Defender 5 (Download PDF reader)

Average PD 5 Pay: $43.36/hr. $90,195.78/annual


Then go to https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/lopdnm and apply for the Criminal Defense Attorney position. This will add you to the recruitment list for the Public Defender positions in Albuquerque.

If you have any questions, you can contact hiring managing attorney Julpa Dave at Julpa.dave@lopdnm.us

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