Assistant United States Attorney – Washington

Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys and the Office of the U.S. Attorneys

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia is unique in the size and the scope of its work. It serves as both the local and the federal prosecutor for the nation’s capital. On the local side, AUSAs assigned to the Superior Court Division prosecute cases ranging from misdemeanors to homicides. On the federal side, AUSAs assigned to the Criminal Division prosecute federal crimes. The Civil Division further defends the United States in civil suits brought in the District of Columbia.

Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree

The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia is accepting applications for attorneys to serve as Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs) in the Office’s Superior Court Division. The Superior Court Division is the largest division in the Office. It has primary responsibility for the prosecution of criminal cases in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, and handles the highest volume of felony and misdemeanor cases prosecuted by the Office. Types of cases include, but are not limited to, narcotics and weapons possession; theft; assault; domestic violence; and other serious crimes of violence, including sexual assault; burglary; kidnapping; carjacking; and homicide.

AUSAs must possess the qualities necessary to excel in their mission to enforce the criminal laws of the District of Columbia and the United States. These qualities include advocacy and communication skills; superior writing and analytical skills; the ability to manage a high volume docket; and dedication to duty. Successful candidates will demonstrate the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, support staff, investigative agencies, witnesses, and crime victims. They must also demonstrate their willingness to meet the high ethical standards expected of prosecutors in their interactions with opposing counsel and the courts.

Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress.

This position is located in Washington D.C. and a four year commitment in the Superior Court Division is required.

All initial attorney positions to the Department of Justice are made on a 14-month (temporary) basis.

Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress.

Security Requirements: Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory preemployment adjudication. This includes fingerprint, credit and tax checks, and drug testing. In addition, continued employment is subject to a favorable adjudication of a background investigation.

Residency Requirements: Assistant United States Attorneys generally must reside in the district to which he or she is appointed or within 25 miles thereof. See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district-specific information.

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See

Required Qualifications:

Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least 1 year post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.

A four year commitment in the Superior Court Division is required.

United States citizenship is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

Litigation experience and a minimum GPA of 3.0 is preferred. Applicants must be committed to public service; possess superior communication and advocacy skills; exhibit exceptional research and writing ability; perform thorough legal and factual analysis; demonstrate an ability to work well with a wide variety of people; exercise good judgement; and function with minimal guidance in a highly demanding environment.

You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.

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