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Assistant United States Attorney

Hiring Organization
USAO District of South Carolina
Job ID
McMillian Federal Building
401 West Evans Street, Room 222
Florence, SC 29501 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

Our mission is to enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States, provide Federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime, seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior, and to administer and enforce the Nation's laws to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans. We strive to build a stronger office through recruitment efforts and maintain the high standards of the office by promoting professional development. We seek to build a legacy of excellence.

In all matters, it is our mission to represent the people of the United States in a manner that will instill confidence in the fairness and integrity of our office and the judicial system, and to conduct our work with the highest integrity. We strive to perform our mission in the most efficient and effective manner.

The United States Attorney's Office for the District of South Carolina is looking for a dedicated, analytical, and articulate attorney to serve as a criminal prosecutor in the Florence Division. Working with other Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs) and federal law enforcement partners, this AUSA will be responsible for criminal investigations and federal court prosecutions of those that break the law. Serving to make society safer, to protect those who are preyed upon, and to ensure the fair and equitable administration of justice makes being an AUSA an extremely rewarding and exciting career.

The attorney selected for this position will join approximately 50 attorneys in representing the interests of the United States Attorney's Office for the District of South Carolina.  The main office is located in Columbia, SC, with branches also located in Florence, Greenville, and Charleston. Each of these cities, along with the entire  State of South Carolina, offers a wonderful climate and a wide variety of cultural, educational, recreational, and social activities.

This position is located in Florence, South Carolina.

For more information on the Department of Justice and the United States Attorney's Offices, visit

All initial attorney positions to the Department of Justice are made on a 14-month (temporary) basis.

Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory preemployment adjudication.  This includes fingerprint, credit and tax checks, and drug testing.  In addition, continued employment is subject to a favorable adjudication of a background investigation.

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 selected applicant will serve as an Assistant United States Attorney assigned to the Criminal Division with responsibilities commensurate to the applicant's experience and abilities. These responsibilities – working independently and with other AUSAs – will include both investigating and prosecuting federal crimes.  The investigative work will include working with federal law enforcement partners to utilize the array of investigative techniques available – e.g., federal grand jury work, search warrants, interviews, subpoenas, document review, electronic surveillance and wiretaps, etc – to reveal evidence of criminal conduct. The AUSA will also be responsible for prosecution, including indictments, arraignments, detention hearings, motions practice and hearings, legal research, plea negotiations, trial and sentencing.  Additionally, following convictions, AUSAs are required to shepherd their cases through direct appeal in the Fourth Circuit and in federal habeas proceedings under 28 U.S.C. §2255.  Duties also will include some administrative responsibilities and developing working relationships with state and local authorities as well as the community.

Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress.


Applicants must possess a Juris Doctor (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 with the South Carolina Bar.  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 require SC bar membership for admission to practice before the U.S. District Court. 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Applicants must demonstrate a quick analytical ability to accurately and precisely identify and articulate critical issues in an investigation and prosecution.
  • Applicants must possess excellent written and oral communication abilities and courtroom skills.
  • Applicants must demonstrate superior oral and writing skills as well as strong research and interpersonal skills.
  • Applicants must demonstrate good judgment.
  • Applicants must exhibit the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, support staff, law enforcement agents, courthouse staff, and judges.
  • Applicants must have a demonstrated capacity to work hard and 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.

You must meet the required qualifications upon the closing date of this annoucment.

Education:  Applicants must possess a J.D. degree from an accredited law school.  Applicants with 3 years or less experience must provide a copy of an official transcript.

Security Requirements:  Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory preemployment adjudication.  This includes fingerprint, credit and tax checks, and drug testing.  In addition, continued employment is subject to a favorable adjudication of a background investigation.

Residency Requirements:  Assistant United States Attorneys generally must reside in the district to which he or she is appointed or within 25 miles thereof.  See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district-specific information.

Selective Service:  If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.  See

Application Process

To apply for this position, you must follow the instructions listed in the link below:

You must provide a complete application package which includes:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes: 

  • Documentation of active South Carolina Bar Membership (Required)
  • Cover Letter (Optional)
  • Writing Sample (Required)
  •  List of References - 3 minimum (Optional)
  • Your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire - online or 1203-FX (Required)
  • Your resume showing relevant experience and dates of employment (include day/month/year) (Required)
  • A recent copy of an SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action), showing title, series, grade, and current salary; and a copy of your most recent performance appraisal (Required, if applicable)
  • To get Veterans' Preference, you must indicate your preference in response to the appropriate question in your assessment questionnaire and you must submit the appropriate supporting documentation.  See the "How you will be Evaluated" section under the "Qualifications and Evaluations" Tab above for details regarding what is appropriate Veterans' Preference documentation. It is also recommended that you include veterans' preference information in your cover letter or resume(Required, if applicable)
  • Copy of your official law school transcript (only for applicants with 3 years or less of professional experience) (Required, if applicable)

If you are unable to apply online, the announcement onlines provides instructions on faxing your application in the "How to Apply" tab.



Number of Positions
One (1) position will be filled from this vacancy. As needed, additional positions may be filled using this announcement.
Travel will be required for worked related events and training.
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 July 20, 2017