OXFORD, MS 38655
United States
About the Office: 

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Mississippi covers 37 counties and is located in Oxford, MS.  The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Mississippi prosecutes federal criminal offenses and represents the interests of the United States in civil cases. We place a high value on diversity of experience and cultural perspective and encourage applications from trial attorneys from all ethnic groups, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. Our headquarters office is located in Oxford, MS with unstaffed offices in Aberdeen and Greenville, MS.  

This vacancy is located in Oxford, MS.  Oxford, MS is home to the University of Mississippi and a vibrant community of 18,000.  Oxford, MS has been named by USA Today as one of the top six college towns in the nation.  It is also included in The Best 100 Small Towns in America.  Lafayette County consistently leads the state rankings in the lowest unemployment rate per quarter.  Both Oxford city and Lafayette County school systems are consistently ranked as “5-star” systems; the highest ranking available.

Additional information about our office is available at

Our office places a high value on diversity of experiences and perspectives and encourages applications from all qualified men and women from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, veterans, LGBT individuals, and persons with disabilities.
Job Description: 

Responsibilities and Opportunity Offered

The Northern District of Mississippi is accepting applications for an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) position in its Criminal Division.   Attorneys in the Criminal Division are responsible for the prosecution of a variety of crimes under federal law including violent crime, fraud, public corruption, illegal immigration, child pornography, human trafficking, drug violations, firearms violations, terrorism and asset forfeiture. Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as training and experience progress.

Type of Position:

This is a permanent position: however, all initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a 14-month (temporary) basis pending favorable adjudication of a background investigation. This appointment can be extended or made permanent without further competition.  A selectee who is currently employed with the U.S. Attorney’s office will be considered and he employment status will be reviewed based on his/her current appointment.


Who May Apply:  Any U. S. Citizen


  • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of the State territory, or the District of Columbia, and have at least one (1) year of post-J.D. experience. Ideal qualifications include at least 3-5 years of post J. D. litigation experience.
  • Applicants must be an active members in good standing of the bar (any jurisdiction). 
  • Applicants must demonstrate a quick analytical 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 attorney, support staff, and client agencies.
  • Applicants must have a demonstrated capacity to function, with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding environment. 

Security RequirementsInitial appointment is conditional upon a satisfactory pre-employment adjudication.  This includes fingerprint, tax and credit checks, and drug testing.  In addition, continued employment is subject to a favorable adjudication of a background investigation.

Residency Requirements: AUSAs generally must reside in the District to which he/she is appointed or within 25 miles thereof.  See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district specific information.

AUSA pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number of years of professional attorney experience. The current recruiting range of basic annual pay for this position is $53,062.00 through $138,790.00 plus locality rate.
1-5 days per month.
Application Process: 

 - No telephone calls please -

To apply, interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample. If a current or former federal employee you must also submit a copy of your latest SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) and a copy of your “last” performance appraisal, or if none, please include a statement to that effect.

Complete application packages should be mailed to:

United States Attorney’s Office - NDMS

ATTN: Administrative Officer

900 Jefferson Avenue

Oxford, MS 38665

 *** Please include the vacancy announcement number listed at the top of the announcement on your resume and cover letter.    

  Application Deadline: 

This position is open until Friday, May 31st, 2019.    Applications MUST be postmarked NLT May 31st, 2019 to be considered for this position.     


Application Deadline: 
Thursday, May 30, 2019
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses ARE NOT authorized.
Number of Positions: 
Updated May 17, 2019

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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, protected genetic information, pregnancy, status as a parent, or any other nonmerit-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 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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