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 overall mission of the Department of Justice (DOJ or the Department) is:

"... to enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law; to ensure public safety against threats foreign and domestic; to provide federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; to seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans."

DOJ is guided by the following core values:

 Equal Justice under the Law

 Honesty and Integrity

 Commitment to Excellence

 Respect for the Worth and Dignity of Each Human Being

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

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.


The Department of Justice employs more than 115,000 talented and diverse women and men to help meet its mission and goals. We are stronger, more credible, and more effective when our workforce includes highly qualified individuals with backgrounds, cultures and traditions that reflect our Nation’s rich diversity.

We value diversity in our workforce and embrace the cultural and demographic dimensions of our country. We work diligently to attract and retain a workforce that represents the range of personal and professional backgrounds, and experiences and perspectives that arise from differences of culture and circumstances. This includes persons of varying age, ethnicity, gender, disability, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, political affiliation, socioeconomic and family status, and geographic region.

To further promote diversity within the Department, we have developed and implemented a Department-wide Diversity Management Plan. This plan will foster effective diversity management across the Department, sustain progress over time, and ensure accountability for results. Through respect, understanding, and open communication between and among the rich tapestry of our employees, we will enhance critical aspects of our management practices, including policy development, decision making, and problem solving.

The Justice organizational culture reflects our ongoing commitment to build and maintain a workplace environment that supports the efforts of all employees to effectively carry out the Department’s mission while ensuring that all employees are encouraged to excel as public servants.

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 nation-wide. Our office also provides resume reviews and critiques at the above events.

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Updated August 20, 2021

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