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The Philadelphia Law Department is seeking energetic, civic-minded candidates to join our team. Learn more out about our career and internship opportunities.

Working at the Law Department

Our staff enjoys intellectually challenging work in an environment of camaraderie and the satisfaction of knowing that their efforts make a difference in the lives of the residents of Philadelphia.

Discover the perks of being a City of Philadelphia employee

Join the City of Philadelphia team today and seize these incredible benefits designed to enhance your well-being and personal growth!

  • Pay off your student loans faster: City of Philadelphia employees are eligible to participate in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. Join the ranks of hundreds of employees who have already benefited from this program and achieved student loan forgiveness.
  • Unlock tuition discounts and scholarships: The City of Philadelphia has forged partnerships with over a dozen esteemed colleges and universities in the area, ensuring that our employees have access to a wide range of tuition discounts and scholarships. City employees can experience savings of 10% to 40% on their educational expenses, and in some cases, their spouses and dependents may also be eligible.
  • Get unlimited free public transit: City employees get free transportation all year long through SEPTA’s Key Advantage program. Employees can ride on SEPTA buses, subways, trolleys, and regional rail for their daily commute and more.
  • Our employees also receive affordable health coverage, excellent retirement benefits, and generous paid time off. Learn more about employee benefits.

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Current job openings

The City of Philadelphia Law Department is hiring legal professionals, attorneys, and support staff with various levels of experience.

If you’re interested in viewing the current job openings, visit the City of Philadelphia’s job board. To apply for a position listed, you must submit your application through the linked SmartRecruiters website.

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Openings for entry-level attorneys and interns are not listed on the job board. Follow the instructions below to apply for these roles.

Entry-level attorney positions

Every year, the Law Department hires a fall class of 10–20 entry-level attorneys assigned across all units. If you are planning to graduate this year or if you have already graduated, we encourage you to apply.

Applying for an entry-level attorney position

Email with the subject line “Entry Level Attorney [LASTNAME].” Be sure to attach your:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Law school transcript
  • Writing sample
  • Three professional references, including name and phone number

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.


With four practice groups and numerous units with discrete focus areas, the Law Department offers its interns unrivaled hands-on experience in civil practice.

Depending on their assignment, interns may develop their skills in:

  • Contract drafting.
  • Presenting at hearings before a judge.
  • Conducting depositions.
  • Writing and research.

Assignments vary depending on the intern’s unit placement and the discretion of the supervising attorney.

Applying for an internship

We currently offer unpaid internship opportunities during the following months, with flexible start and end dates:

  • Summer: June – August
  • Fall: September – December
  • Spring: January – April/May

To apply, send a resume and cover letter with the subject line “Internship [LASTNAME]” to