Why Justice

The Department of Justice (DOJ) leads the nation in ensuring the protection of all Americans while preserving their constitutional freedoms. As a Justice employee you'll be a member of a team where you can achieve your career goals and apply your skills and talents to our important mission.

The mission of the Department of Justice is to uphold the rule of law, to keep our country safe, and to protect civil rights.

DOJ is guided by the following core values:

  • Independence and Impartiality. The Justice Department works each day to earn the public’s trust by following the facts and the law wherever they may lead, without prejudice or improper influence. 
  • Honesty and Integrity. The Justice Department’s employees adhere to the highest standards of ethical behavior, mindful that, as public servants, we must work to earn the trust of, and inspire confidence in, the public we serve. 
  • Respect. The Justice Department’s employees value differences in people and in ideas and treat everyone with fairness, dignity, and compassion.
  • Excellence. The Justice Department works every day to provide the highest levels of service to the American people and to be a responsible steward of the taxpayers’ dollars. 

Offices Nationwide

Several organizations have offices throughout the country, including the Antitrust Division, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the U.S. Trustee Program, the Executive Office for Immigration Review, the Environment and Natural Resources Division, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  The 94 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices are organized into districts and located in every state and territory.  More information about Justice field-office locations employing attorneys is available on the DOJ Offices by State Chart.

Work-Life Balance

The Department’s work-life philosophy offers an array of benefits to support employees and maximize their performance through practical and workable solutions to balancing the demands of work and personal lives. Benefits include: generous leave programs, dependent care support (including a child care center and emergency child care services in the Washington, D.C. area), dependent care resource and referral services, and flexible work options. An Employee Assistance Program offers confidential counseling and referral services.

Our Commitment to Diversity

The Department of Justice employs more than 115,000 talented and diverse women and men to help meet its mission and goals. Justice is proud of its talented and dynamic workforce, and recognizes that its employees are its most important asset. Justice employees are the vital link that ensures the fair administration of justice for all Americans. The Department is stronger, more credible, and more effective when its workforce includes highly-qualified individuals whose backgrounds reflect our nation’s rich diversity.

The Department strives to ensure that its management practices and organizational culture reflect its commitment to building and maintaining a workplace environment that promotes excellence and creates opportunities for all employees to maximize their potential, fully contribute to the Department’s mission, and serve the Nation. At Justice, diversity extends beyond race and gender. It includes differences in culture, ethnicity, economics, status as a veteran, generations, geography, sexual orientation, and includes individuals with disabilities.

In addition, Justice has several employee affinity groups whose membership share a common interest such as race, sexual orientation and cultural identity.

Disability Hiring

We are committed to addressing the employment and professional development needs of the disability community. To assist disability employment efforts, the Department coordinates activities to provide all DOJ Components the opportunity to attract, develop, retain, and accommodate talented individuals from this important community.

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Veteran Recruitment

The DOJ Veterans Employment Program Office supports the President's Veteran hiring initiative by participating in job fairs (many of which are military specific events), hiring events, special conferences / seminars and supporting employment workshops and employer panels nationwide. Our office also provides resume reviews and critiques at the above events.

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Updated July 25, 2022

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