Assistant US Attorney

US Attorney's Office, District of New Jersey
970 Broad Street, Suite 700
Newark, NJ 07102
United States
About the Office: 

The United States Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey employ more than 250 employees.

Positions include Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSA) in our Criminal Division, Special Prosecutions

Division, Civil Division and Appeals Division. ln addition there are a variety of support staff positions, college

students, and law students. Selection for positions in the District are made wilhout regard to race, sex,

creed, color, national origin, handicap condition, age, or political affiliation. Employment is contingent upon

satisfactory completion of a background investigation conducted by the Department of Justice. The

investigation process includes a drug test, a fingerprint check, and a thorough review of the applicant's

background to determjne whether there have been any significant problems with unresolved financial

indebtedness, failure to file and/or pay income taxes, criminat record, illegal drug use, etc.

Job Description: 

lnitial assignments for AUSAS can be in the Criminal Division, where they will be responsible for

representing the United States in the prosecution of Federal crimes, in the Appeals Division, where they will

be responsible for representing the United States in criminal cases before the Third Circuit Court of

Appeals, or in the Civil Division, where they will be responsible for representing the United States in either

defensive or affirmative civil actions.


Applicants for an AUSA position must possess a J.D. degree and be an active member of at least one bar

(any jurisdiction), and have at least one year post - J.D. legal experience.

$53,062 - $124,503 plus locality pay
Application Process: 

Applications for attorney positions are evaluated by the Hiring Committee on an on-going basis. However, we anticipate few, if any, offers of employment will be made in the next year as a result of efforts to shrink the federal workforce. Candidates selected for AUSA positions are expected to make a three-year commitment.  Applicants for AUSA positions must possess a J.D. degree and be an active member of at least one bar (any jurisdiction). Individuals interested in AUSA positions should submit a resume and cover letter in electronic form only to the following e-mail address by December 31, 2018:

Email:  Please include “Last Name – Assistant US Attorney position” on the subject line of your email.

Please address your cover letter to:       

Rachael Honig
First Assistant U.S. Attorney
United States Attorney's Office
District of New Jersey
970 Broad Street
Room 700
Newark, NJ 07102

Please do not send a paper copy of your resume and cover letter unless you have no access to or ability to use e-mail. 

Application Deadline: 
Monday, December 31, 2018
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be authorized
Number of Positions: 
Updated April 9, 2018

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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 targeted/severe disabilities are encouraged to register for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Shared List of People with Disabilities (the Bender Disability Employment Registry) by submitting their resume to and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at  Individuals with disabilities may also contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC).  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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