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The United States Attorney's Office for the District of Idaho employs approximately 60 employees. Positions include Assistant United States Attorneys, paralegal specialists, victim-witness specialists, legal assistants, administrative employees and student employees. Employment for all positions is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a thorough background investigation conducted by the Department of Justice. The investigation process includes a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use, a fingerprint check a credit check and a thorough review of the applicant's background.

All Applications can be sent to:

United States Attorney's Office
District of Idaho
Washington Group Plaza IV
800 Park Blvd, Suite 600
Boise, ID 83712

The Department of Justice, United States Attorney's Office for the District of Idaho, is an equal opportunity employer. Well-qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or any other non-merit factors.

Recruitment of Persons with Targeted Disabilities

The United States Attorney’s Office, District of Idaho, welcomes applications from qualified individuals with targeted disabilities. In accordance with 5 C.F.R. §213,3192(u), agencies can fill vacancies non-competitively by appointing qualified applicants with targeted disabilities. See, Jobs Filled Non-Competitively.

As with all other applicants for vacancies, those who seek eligibility pursuant to Section (u) must be qualified for the position. A Section (u) applicant must have the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the required duties of the position. Applicants who seek eligibility pursuant to Section (u) must provide proof, in writing, that they have a targeted disability as well as documentation certifying job readiness.

Targeted disabilities include deafness, blindness, missing extremities, partial or complete paralysis, convulsive disorders, intellectual disability, psychiatric disability and distortion of the limb and/or spine.

The United States Attorney’s Office posts all job vacancies on this website (click on appropriate category). Prior to advertising any vacancy, we check OPM’s Disability Employment Registry. Applicants who are interested in registering for the OPM Shared List of People with Disabilities (also known as the Bender Disability Employment Registry) can submit their resume to resume@benderconsult.com and reference “Federal Career Opportunities” in the subject line. Applicants are also encouraged to visit www.benderconsult.com.

Employment Opportunities

DOJ Attorney Vacancies

Government Wide Vacancies

Current Openings for the District of Idaho

Civil Legal Assistant Vacancy Announcement:

Civil Legal Assistant Vacancy

Assistant United States Attorney Positions

Applications for attorney positions are evaluated by a Hiring Committee as vacancies occur. Applicants for attorney positions must possess a J.D. degree and be an active member of at least one bar (any jurisdiction). Salary is commensurate with experience. Applications are sent to:

U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Idaho
800 Park Boulevard, Suite 600
Boise, ID 83712

Support Staff Positions

Applications for support positions are accepted when vacancies occur. All vacancy announcements government-wide are listed on www.usajobs.gov. Requirements and experience vary depending on the support vacancy and those requirements will be specified in the vacancy announcement.

Student Positions

This program offers temporary employment opportunities to students who are enrolled at least half-time in an accredited college or university, graduate professional or technical school. During the school year, students may work up to 20 hours per week; during breaks, students may work up to 40 hours per week depending on budgetary constraints. Announcements for these vacancies are posted with the local colleges, universities or technical schools.

Law Student Positions

The United States Attorney's Office for the District of Idaho offers an outstanding legal externship program, one noted for its intellectual rigor and exceptional opportunities for practical skill development. Our program consistently attracts exceptional students from top law schools throughout the country. While externs are given challenging research and writing assignments, they are also included in meetings, hearings and many other non-research case litigation. Moreover, second year externs may obtain a limited license which enables them to make significant in-court litigation appearances and participate in depositions.

The Assistant United States Attorneys who guide the externs' work are highly skilled litigators, averaging more than ten years of experience in federal practice. They are committed to developing genuine mentoring relationships with the students they supervise. To ensure quality supervision, we accept only a limited number of externs.

Mission Statement

The United States Attorney's Office for the District of Idaho, through its summer externship program, strives to provide intellectual rigor and exceptional opportunities for practical skill development for law students through its highly skilled litigators by providing mentoring and supervision.

Law Student Opportunities

The United States Attorney for the District of Idaho invites applications from second year law students for externships. Individuals with strong academic records and an interest in public service law are encouraged to apply. Exceptionally strong first year law students may also be considered.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office’s mission is to litigate cases on behalf of its client, the United States of America. The office is led by U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson. U.S. Attorney’s Office lawyers and staff use the following principles to guide their mission: (1) do justice; (2) be good citizens of the community and the bar; (3) effectively represent the federal government in the state of Idaho; and (4) be part of an effective, efficient government agency. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Idaho has about 56 employees, including 25 lawyers who are called Assistants U.S. Attorney (AUSAs). The U.S. Attorney's main office is located in Boise, with branch offices in Pocatello and Coeur d'Alene.

The following areas of practice are:

CRIMINAL DIVISION CIVIL DIVISION
White Collar Crime FTCA Litigation
Narcotics Program Litigation
Violent Crime Affirmative Civil Enforcement
Indian Country Law Environmental
General Appellate Work General Appellate Work

Externs are directly supervised by AUSAs, who assign, guide and critique specific, case-related projects, including writing appellate briefs, drafting pleadings and working with federal agencies on cases. Moreover, externs who have completed their second year of law school may apply for a limited license to practice in federal court and usually have the opportunity to appear before federal magistrate, bankruptcy and district court judges. Externs will be expected to work 40 hours a week during the summer, and 15-40 hours a week during the spring and fall.The District of Idaho consists of a Main Office in Boise, and two branch offices: Coeur d'Alene and Pocatello. Starting and ending dates are flexible; however, externs are expected to make a commitment of 10 to 14 weeks.

These are unpaid externships; however, we will work closely with participating law schools to ensure that externs earn appropriate academic credit, where available. Moreover, some law schools offer public interest/public sector stipends, and we will facilitate the stipend process for law schools with such programs.

Students selected for an externship will be required to pass a rigorous background investigation conducted by the Department of Justice. The background investigation takes approximately six weeks.

To apply: Send a cover letter, resumé, writing sample (no more than ten pages), and three work-related references to Becky Early, Extern Coordinator, United States Attorney's Office, 800 Park Blvd., Suite 600, Boise, Idaho 83712. Please specify one office as your preference (Boise, Coeur d'Alene, or Pocatello Office) or rank offices if you have more than one preference. Application deadlines are posted below for the fall, spring and summer semesters.

The Department of Justice, United States Attorney's Office for the District of Idaho, is an equal opportunity employer. Well-qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or any other nonmerit factors.

2015 Summer Extern Program Timeline

  • December 31, 2014: Deadline to submit 2015 summer externship applications
  • January 12-23, 2015: Telephone interviews will be conducted
  • January 26-30, 2015: Externships will be offered
  • February 2-13, 2015: Extern commitment to U.S. Attorney's Office (on or before this date)
  • February 16-27, 2015: Background packets will be sent out to externs
  • March 2-6, 2015: Completed background packets must be returned to the U.S. Attorney’s Office
  • March - May 2015: Executive Office will conduct background investigations
  • May - June 2015: Externships will Begin
  • July - August 2015: Externship will End

Extern Expectations

What you can expect from the U.S. Attorney's Office:

  • The U.S. Attorney's Office carefully selects and closely supervises externs. A detailed orientation is conducted on the extern's first week discussing expectations, policies, ethics, accountability and dependability.
  • The United States Attorney's Office assists 2L externs in getting a limited license to practice, supervising the extern's in-court work and accounting to the Bar for the extern's performance.
  • On an irregular basis, the supervisor will meet with the extern in an informal setting to discuss his/her progress.
  • The supervisor will fill out the appraisal of the extern as required by the law school.

What the U.S. Attorney's Office will expect from you:

  • Externs will be expected to work from between 10 to 14 weeks, for 40 hours a week (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).
  • Externs will be expected to dress in business attire.
  • Externs will be expected to seek out opportunities to work on a multitude of projects with different AUSAs
  • Externs will be expected to work with their supervising AUSAs to "tailor" their externship experience specifically to the extern’s goals.

Divisions

Appellate Division

Externs generally get the opportunity to prepare at least one appeal brief. These usually involve criminal convictions appealed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, or deportation orders in immigration appeals filed the Ninth Circuit.

Civil Division

Externs are assigned to work on complex civil cases with highly talented and specialized AUSAs in areas such as: defense of personal injury and medical malpractice tort actions; defense of Title VII employment discrimination cases; defensive and affirmative environmental cases; Administrative Procedures Act litigation dealing with program interests of the various client agencies of the government; and affirmative enforcement and asset forfeiture cases which seek to collect monies owed to the government or take away profits from criminal enterprises.

Criminal Division

Externs work with highly regarded federal prosecutors on matters such as: complex drug cases; organized crime investigations; fraud and white collar crimes; violent crimes committed on Indian Reservations; gangs and guns cases; child victim and internet pornography cases; immigration crimes; and regulatory offenses committed on public lands of the United States.

Testimonials

Jacqueline Feil - Vermont Law School

Jason Blakley - University of Notre Dame Law School

Owen Moroney - University of Idaho Law School

Elliot Wong - University of CA Hastings

Ashley Ray - University of Idaho Law School

Joanna Lau - Lewis & Clark Law School

Cassondra Mix - Brigham Young University Law School

Sara Riker - Willamette University College of Law

Alex Pyle - University of California, Berkley

Alison Hunter - University of Idaho

Rainier Elias - University of Idaho

Matthew Thompson - University of Oregon

Elliot McMillan - University of Texas

Laura K. Keys - University of Idaho

Darci Ward - UC Hastings College of the Law

Thomas Smith - S.J. Quinney College of Law

Amanda Rekow - University of Idaho College of Law

Jennifer Heidt White - University of Washington School of Law

Ammon Taylor - J. Reuben Clark Law School

Christopher Sherman - Yale Law School