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Assistant United States Attorney

Hiring Organization
USAO District of Massachusetts
Job ID
1 Courthouse Way
Suite 9200
Boston, MA 02210 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

Assistant United States Attorneys prosecute all criminal and civil cases brought by the Federal government and defend the United States in civil cases.

AUSAs in this district improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents by prosecuting crimes that include terrorism, violent crimes, narcotics trafficking, fraud and other white-collar offenses, civil rights offenses, human trafficking, political corruption, organized crime and an array of other federal criminal laws.  The office also enforces federal civil rights laws, safeguards federal programs such as Medicare and Medicaid through civil actions and defends the United States in federal court. 

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

This position is for an eLitigation AUSA.  Achieving and maintaining eLitigation proficiency among attorneys and staff is a top priority of the Department of Justice and the United States Attorney’s Office.  This Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) will be responsible for building and overseeing the office’s eLitigation operations.  This includes advising and/or consulting with civil and criminal case teams, management, and others, such as the Court, Federal Public Defender, law enforcement and client agencies, on substantive eLitigation and electronic discovery (eDiscovery) issues, ensuring discovery processes are defensible, developing the office’s eLitigation policies and protocols, including procedures for processing, reviewing, producing, and managing electronically stored information (ESI), coordinating litigation support work, and providing training to AUSAs and support staff on eLitigation technology software tools and applications.  This is not a trial AUSA position; it does not involve case handling or litigation.  The selected candidate is an attorney advisor, who will be fully dedicated to coordinating the office’s eLitigation program.  The eLitigation AUSA may assist with briefing to the extent there are specific eLitigation issues before the Court, such as briefing regarding the adequacy of the search and review protocols used by our Office.  The AUSA will be located in the Boston Office of the USAO. 

Working as a federal prosecutor sworn to pursue justice in the name of the United States is deeply satisfying.  Many lawyers look back on their days as an Assistant U.S. Attorney as among the most rewarding of their professional careers.

All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a 14-month (temporary) basis pending favorable adjudication of a background investigation.


Required qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar in good standing (in any jurisdiction), and have at least three years post-J.D. legal experience.

Preferred qualifications: 

Experience with complex civil or criminal investigations and/or litigation with a large volume of electronic evidence.  Experience with using litigation technology applications, including document review platforms (e.g., Eclipse, Relativity, Everlaw, and Cellebrite) and technology assisted review (TAR), to acquire, organize, review, analyze and present electronic discovery and evidence is strongly preferred.    

Prior experience in an attorney advisor role, or experience conducting trainings and disseminating best practices is also preferred.  Successful candidates will have strong project management and communication skills.

Successful candidates should have a strong academic background, possess superior oral and written communication skills, possess strong interpersonal skills, and have demonstrated the capacity to work effectively with a team, manage multiple projects simultaneously, and function with minimal guidance in a highly demanding environment.  Successful candidates should also possess the knowledge and ability to use computers and computer applications in performing day-to-day work requirements.

Application Process

To apply, please complete the AUSA Job Application found at: and forward it with a resume and cover letter explaining why you want to be a federal prosecutor and what experiences you have that would enable you to excel at this position  to: (link sends e-mail)

If you have applied for a position in this office within the last 6 months and would like to be considered for this vacancy, you do not need to submit a new application.   


Assistant U.S. Attorneys are generally paid based on their years of experience and year of graduation from law school, with starting salaries around $132,000 for lawyers who graduated in 2011.

Number of Positions
1 - As needed, additional positions may be filled using this announcement for other units in the Criminal or Civil Division.
Travel within the district and outside of the district may be required.
Relocation Expenses
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.

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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.

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Updated September 7, 2023