Skip to main content

Legal Careers

Assistant United States Attorney

Hiring Organization
USAO District of South Dakota
Hiring Office
Civil Division - Financial Litigation Program
Job ID
325 S. 1st Avenue, Suite 300
Sioux Falls, SD 57104 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of South Dakota is a medium sized district employing approximately 34 attorneys, with offices in Sioux Falls, Pierre, and Rapid City. This position is located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The United States Attorney’s Office has jurisdiction and responsibility in a broad range of areas which involve representing the legal interests of the federal government in a court of law, including violent crime and fraud cases that occur within the district’s nine Indian Reservations.

As the federal agency whose mission it is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.

More information about the U.S. Attorney’s Office, South Dakota can be found at:

As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.

Job Description

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of South Dakota is currently hiring an Assistant U.S. Attorney to work in the Civil Division and specialize in financial litigation, with an emphasis on recovering assets to pay restitution to victims of crime and commencing civil actions to recover debts owed to federal agencies. In some cases, the AUSA may identify and freeze proceeds of crimes and other criminal assets both domestically and internationally. The AUSA may represent the interest of federal agencies in foreclosure and bankruptcy matters. The AUSA will be responsible for handling a large and active caseload, working in close cooperation with the Financial Litigation staff, AUSAs in the Criminal Division, and agency clients. The AUSA will appear in both U.S. District Court and U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Other civil matters may also be assigned as the Civil Division has a wide variety of affirmative and defensive cases including torts, employment discrimination, civil rights, and prisoner litigation.

Working as a Financial Litigation AUSA in this district improves the quality of life for victims of crime by ensuring that victims receive court ordered restitution. Serving as an AUSA provides attorneys with the opportunity to work among mission-driven colleagues who are dedicated to the cause of justice in the District of South Dakota. AUSAs engage in regular collaboration with AUSAs in the district, as well as subject matter experts within the Department of Justice. With respect to professional development, AUSAs have access to a broad range of training, both onsite and at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina, at no cost to the AUSA.


Required qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member in good standing of the South Dakota State Bar Association, or become a member within one year of hiring, and have at least one-year post-J.D. legal experience. United States citizenship is required.

Preferred qualifications: The USAO seeks to hire lawyers with a wide range of exceptional skills and experience, unified by keen intelligence and a sincere commitment to public service. Financial litigation experience, superior academic record, excellent writing skills, impeccable character, demonstrated interest in public service, courtroom presence, and the ability to work with and relate to a wide variety of people are all considered.

Application Process

To apply, please submit a cover letter; a detailed resume; at least three references; and one writing sample that does not exceed 15 pages which is sufficiently complex to highlight your analytical skills. The sample should be primarily your own writing and editing, and it should be as recent as possible. All documents are to be submitted electronically in one single PDF attachment and include the announcement number (23-SD-CIVIL-001) in the subject line of your email.

Applications for this vacancy will be accepted via email at  

Applicants will be evaluated by a Hiring Committee based on such factors as academic performance, trial experience, debt collection or bankruptcy experience, research and writing ability, oral communication skills and other legal and community service and experience.

Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. Notify the USAO if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this USAO is involved and/or have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this USAO is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.


The range of starting pay including a 16.50% locality payment is $69,107 to $180,756.

Number of Positions
Occasional travel within the district and outside of the district may be required.
Relocation Expenses
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.

*         *         *

Department Policies

Equal Employment Opportunity:  The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer.  Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex - including gender identity, sexual orientation, or pregnancy status - or because of age (over 40), physical or mental disability, protected genetic information, parental status, marital status, political affiliation, or any other non-merit based factor.  The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice. For more information, please review our full EEO Statement.

Reasonable Accommodations:  This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities:  The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements.  Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u)) hiring authority.  Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC) to express an interest in being considered for a position. See list of DPOCs.   

Suitability and Citizenship:  It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment.  Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Congress generally prohibits agencies from employing non-citizens within the United States, except for a few narrow exceptions as set forth in the annual Appropriations Act (see, Pursuant to DOJ component policies, only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Trustee’s Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, qualifying non-U.S. citizens meeting immigration and appropriations law criteria may apply for employment with other DOJ organizations. However, please be advised that the appointment of non-U.S. citizens is extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All DOJ employees are subject to a residency requirement. Candidates must have lived in the United States for at least three of the past five years. The three-year period is cumulative, not necessarily consecutive. Federal or military employees, or dependents of federal or military employees serving overseas, are excepted from this requirement. This is a Department security requirement which is waived only for extreme circumstances and handled on a case-by-case basis.

Veterans:  There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service- connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that their retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that they were transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

USAO Residency Requirement:  Assistant United States Attorneys must reside in the district to which appointed or within 25 miles thereof.  See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district specific information.

*         *         *

This and other vacancy announcements can be found under Attorney Vacancies and Volunteer Legal Internships. The Department of Justice cannot control further dissemination and/or posting of information contained in this vacancy announcement. Such posting and/or dissemination is not an endorsement by the Department of the organization or group disseminating and/or posting the information.

Updated May 12, 2023