The United States Attorney's Office prosecutes all federal criminal cases and represents the interests of the United States in civil cases in Maryland. The United States Attorney has two offices - the Northern Division located in Baltimore and the Southern Division located in Greenbelt.
The Criminal Division, which includes 45 lawyers in Baltimore and 21 in Greenbelt, prosecutes cases including violent crimes, narcotics conspiracies, white collar fraud, public corruption, child exploitation, civil rights violations, environmental crime and national security matters. The Civil Division, consisting of 12 lawyers located in Baltimore, defends the interests of the United States in civil litigation, pursues affirmative civil enforcement in a variety of fraud matters, and collects debts owed to the United States.
The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland is seeking applications from attorneys who are willing to accept unpaid temporary positions that offer a valuable opportunity to gain training and experience in the work of an Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA). Successful applicants will serve as Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys (SAUSAs) with responsibilities that may include legal research and writing, conducting depositions, attending settlement conferences, participating in Grand Jury investigations, assisting with wiretaps, arguing motions, conducting hearings and trials, and handling proceedings in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. SAUSAs will also have opportunities to observe a wide range of legal proceedings. These positions require a minimum commitment of six months and may continue for up to one year. SAUSAs will not be hired by this office as Assistant U.S. Attorneys at the conclusion of their SAUSA terms.
The office is seeking applications for the Civil and Criminal Divisions, either in the Baltimore office located at 36 S. Charles Street, 4th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21201 or the Greenbelt office located at 6404 Ivy Lane, 8th Floor, Greenbelt, MD 20770.
Only applicants with outstanding academic records and superior legal research and writing skills will be considered. An applicant must be a U.S. citizen who possesses a J.D. degree from a law school approved by the American Bar Association and is an active member in good standing of a bar (any U.S. jurisdiction). Any applicant invited for an interview will be required to submit a writing sample.
United States citizenship is required.
Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory pre-employment 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.
A Special Assistant United States Attorney generally must reside in the district to which he or she is appointed. See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district-specific information.
Uncompensated Special Assistant United States Attorneys may not engage in the compensated practice of law outside the office. Attorneys are not eligible to serve as Special Assistant United States Attorneys if they have had an employment offer deferred by a law firm and received a payment for the period of their deferral with the expectation of future employment with the law firm, or if they will receive any payment from a law firm during their unpaid employment with the Department of Justice. In addition, contractors, including employees of contractors who do business with the Department of Justice, and who also are attorneys, are not eligible to serve as uncompensated Special Assistant United States Attorneys.
Please submit a cover letter, resume and copy of your law school transcript to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org by 9/30/2017 . Please reference the Announcement Number above and indicate the division and location of preference. No telephone calls please. We will contact you if we believe an interview is appropriate or if further information is required.