Job Type

Full Time




177 Livingston Street
7th Floor
United States



BDS requires excellent Investigators to assist our attorneys in providing high-quality representation to our clients. The Investigator position is perfect for inquisitive and empathetic people who are dedicated to social and criminal justice issues.


Brooklyn Defender Services, Overview: BDS is one of the largest public defense providers in the United States. We represent more than 45,000 clients per year in a variety of legal proceedings in New York City; we represent clients in criminal, civil, family, and immigration proceedings. BDS represents indigent clients with diverse and multi-faceted needs in a high volume and fast-paced setting. 

BDS seeks applicants with a commitment to social and criminal justice issues, especially with respect to criminal defense and the rights of the accused. Investigators in our Criminal Defense Practice are responsible for, but not limited to, the following tasks: locate, interview and take detailed statements from critical witnesses; obtain and review video surveillance footage; photograph and diagram crime scenes; testify in court to introduce investigation findings; write detailed investigation reports; transcribe audio recordings.

While some of the Investigator’s work will take place in the office, much of it will be out in the field—in private homes, in local businesses, on the street and in the greater community. Ideal applicants should be comfortable working all over Brooklyn and should possess characteristics necessary to approach and interact with strangers about sensitive subjects. Candidates must be able to work independently and in a collaborative setting and be able to produce high-quality written work.

Required qualifications and abilities:

  • Strong analytical skills and demonstrated intellectual curiosity and resourcefulness.
  • Experience working in a litigation, legislative, or investigative environment preferred.
  • Strong people skills, including experience working effectively and respectfully with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle confidential and sensitive issues.
  • Demonstrated experience working in fast-paced environment with keen ability to work on multiple cases at the same time, set priorities, manage work, and meet deadlines.
  • Spanish speaking preferred.
  • Must be willing to become a licensed Process Server.

Level of Language Proficiency

Spanish speaking preferred.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to with the subject “Investigator Application.” Please specify your possible start date in the cover letter or body of the email. Resumes and cover letters will only be accepted by email; no phone calls, please. If selected for an interview, applicants will be notified on a rolling basis. Only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.