Assistant United States Attorney

1441 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29201
United States
About the Office: 

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The United States Attorney's Office for the District of South Carolina is seeking applications from attorneys who are interested in working as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division in Greenville, SC.

About the District: The attorney selected for this position will join over 50 attorneys in representing the interests of the United States Attorney's Office for the District of South Carolina, located in Columbia, Greenville, Florence, or Charleston, South Carolina. The State of South Carolina offers a wonderful climate and a wide variety of cultural, educational, recreational, and social activities.

Job Description: 

The selected applicant will serve as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) assigned to the Criminal Division with responsibilities commensurate to the applicant’s experience, training, and abilities. The AUSA will assist in the implementation of the Department’s Smart on Crime Initiative for the District of South Carolina. In this capacity, the AUSA will work on the agency's prevention and reentry programs and will investigate and prosecute cases involving narcotics and violent crime. Additional duties may include investigating and prosecuting federal crimes and practice in the grand jury and before the United States District Court. The selected applicant may be required to draft responses to appellate briefs and to federal habeas petitions brought pursuant to 28 U.S.C. section 2255.


Applicants must possess a J.D. degree from an accredited law school, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of a State of South Carolina and have at least one year of post-J.D. experience. Applicants must be active members in good standing of the South Carolina Bar as the South Carolina Bar does not grant reciprocity to attorneys who are members of other state bars and local rules of the United States District Court requires SC bar membership for admission to practice before the U.S. District Court.

Preferred Qualifications:

Applicants must demonstrate a quick analytical ability and the facility to accurately and precisely articulate the critical issues in a case.

Applicants must demonstrate superior oral and writing skills as well as strong research and interpersonal skills, and good judgment.

Applicants must possess excellent communication and courtroom skills and exhibit the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, support staff and client agencies.

Applicants must have a demonstrated capacity to function, with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding environment.

Applicants will be expected to do their own legal research and writing and will be substantially self-sufficient in preparing day-to-day correspondence and pleadings.

Applicants must also demonstrate excellent computer literacy skills to include experience with automated research on the internet, electronic court filing, and electronic e-mail and word processing systems.

AD-21 0 - 3 years $45,477-$77,311 AD-24 4 years $49,855-$84,752 AD-25 5 years $54,652-$92,909 AD-26 6 years $59,911-$101,849 AD-27 7 years $65,678-$100,158 AD-28 8 years $71,999-$122,398 AD-29 9+ years $78,928-$134,177
Occasional Travel for meeting or training purposes. Travel maybe required for business and training purposes.
Application Process: 

Applications must be submitted online through the following link:

This announcement opens Thursday, June 5, 2015 and closes on Thursday, June 11, 2015. No telephone calls please. Applications must be submitted online. Each application must include a Resume, Cover Letter, South Carolina Bar Membership documentation and a Writing Sample. The USAJobs resume will not substitute for this requirement.

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Relocation Expenses: 
Not Authorized.
Number of Positions: 
Updated April 7, 2016

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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 color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit 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.

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 his  or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).


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