The mission of the National Security Division (NSD) is to coordinate the Department’s efforts in carrying out its core mission of combating terrorism and protecting national security. NSD is responsible for supervising the enforcement of all federal criminal laws related to counterterrorism and counterespionage, except those specifically assigned to other divisions. NSD also serves as the Department of Justice’s liaison to the United States Intelligence Community (USIC) and represents the government and the USIC before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. NSD advises the Attorney General regarding all matters of national security policy.
CTS is responsible for assisting in the design, implementation, and support of law enforcement efforts and strategies relating to combating international and domestic terrorism. Through investigation and prosecution, CTS seeks to assist in preventing and disrupting acts of terrorism that may occur anywhere in the world, and that impact U.S. persons and/or significant United States interests. Through participation in terrorism training exercises with the interagency community and other emergency preparedness-related activities, CTS seeks to enhance the ability to combat, prepare for and respond to terrorist threats.
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.
CTS is seeking experienced attorneys to work in all areas of the counterterrorism mission, including the application of investigative techniques to the task of identifying and disrupting terrorist plots before they occur. CTS Trial Attorneys work closely with agents from the FBI, the CTS Regional Coordinators, and the National Security Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council (ATAC) Coordinators and terrorism prosecutors in U.S. Attorneys’ Offices throughout the country to support investigations, review intelligence, and assist in the resulting criminal litigation. In addition, CTS Trial Attorneys sometimes assist with the development of policies, plans, operations, and initiatives to promote the enforcement of terrorism statutes. CTS Trial Attorneys are occasionally engaged in identifying terrorist trends and patterns, foreign and domestic training, public speaking, and topical writing in this enforcement area. CTS trial attorneys are sometimes called upon to respond to terrorist events with little notice and to staff law enforcement command posts during civil unrest, terrorist events, and other emergency situations.
Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of a State, Territory, or the District of Columbia, and have at least 4-5 years of post J.D. professional experience to be qualified at the GS-14 or GS-15 levels. In addition to having significant criminal trial experience, applicants must also have strong academic credentials and superior writing and analytic skills.
Applicants must also be able to qualify for the highest and most sensitive security clearances.
It is the policy of the National Security Division to request a three-year commitment for all attorney positions.
To apply for a Trial Attorney position with CTS, please submit a resume and a cover letter (highlighting your relevant experience), a writing sample (no longer than 15 pages that exhibits your own written advocacy skills), and a copy of your most recent performance appraisal (if available) to:
No telephone calls please.
Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.