The United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Illinois employs approximately 70 employees. Positions include Assistant United States Attorneys, paralegal specialists, legal assistants, victim-witness specialists, administrative employees and student employees. Employment for all positions is contingent on proof of U.S. citizenship and the satisfactory completion of a background investigation. The investigation process includes a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use, a fingerprint check and a thorough review of the applicant's background.
The Department of Justice, United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Illinois, 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.
Applications are accepted for attorney positions advertised through the the U.S. Department of Justice Attorney Vacancies website.
Applications for support positions are accepted as vacancies open. All vacancy announcements are advertised through the the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (USAJobs) website. Requirements and experience vary depending on the advertised position, and those requirements will be specified in the vacancy announcement.
This program offers temporary employment opportunities to students who are enrolled at least part-time in an accredited college or university, graduate or professional or technical school. Announcements for these vacancies are posted with local universities and/or technical schools.
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Illinois has partnerships with the following three law schools: Saint Louis University, Washington University in St. Louis, and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Students are given challenging research and writing problems, and may also be included in meetings, hearings, participate in depositions, in other non-research case litigation, and in-court litigation appearances.
If you attend a law school other than the three listed above and wish to apply for a summer position, please send a resume, a law school transcript, and a cover letter to:
Assistant U.S. Attorney David Pfeffer and Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam Hanna at: United States Attorney’s Office, Nine Executive Drive, Fairview Heights, IL 62208.
To be considered for a volunteer position, you must also be interviewed. An interview will be set up with you at a time convenient to your school schedule.
Please note that pursuant to Department of Justice policy, each student must be a United States citizen at the time of application.