The United States Attorney's Office for the Central District of California (USAO) is responsible for representing the federal government in virtually all litigation involving the United States in the Central District of California. This includes criminal prosecutions for violations of federal law, civil lawsuits by and against the government, and actions to collect judgments and restitution on behalf of victims and taxpayers. With an authorized strength of approximately 280 Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs), the USAO is the second largest in the country. The USAO is divided into four litigating Divisions (Criminal, National Security, Civil, and Tax). The USAO's main offices are in Los Angeles. The USAO's Criminal Division has branch offices in Santa Ana and Riverside.
The U.S. Attorney's Office, Central District of California is currently interviewing for a limited number of one-year term Uncompensated Special Assistant U.S. Attorney (SAUSA) positions within the Criminal Division in Los Angeles, CA. A SAUSA appointment with the U.S. Attorney's Office offers unique and challenging experiences for the highly motivated attorney. The SAUSA will be primarily responsible for prosecuting misdemeanor and infraction offenses which occur on federal property within the Central District of California such as federal buildings, national parks, military installations, post offices, Veteran Affairs medical centers, national wildlife refuges, and national forests. For example, the SAUSA may be responsible for a trial on a DUI offense that occurred on federal property. The SAUSA will travel to various courthouse within the district for trials, including in Santa Barbara and Riverside counties.
Required qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least one year post-J.D. experience. Applicants with less than one year of experience may be considered on a case-by-case basis. If not already an active member of the California bar, any applicant hired will be required to take (prior to their entry on duty date) and subsequently pass the California bar exam. SAUSAs must become active members of the California bar and maintain California bar membership.
Appointment is subject to an FBI background investigation, including credit, arrest, and drug use inquiries.
United States Citizenship is required.
Attorneys seeking a position as a SAUSA should (1) complete the PDF application found at https://www.justice.gov/usao-cdca/employment/attorneyslawyers and (2) create a second PDF containing—in this order—(a) a cover letter to the attention of First Assistant United States Attorney, Tracy Wilkison, (b) resume, (c) law school transcript, and (d) a brief writing sample (preferably 10 pages or less). Please be sure to indicate in your cover letter that you are applying for the Uncompensated Special Assistant U.S. Attorney position. The two PDFs should be e-mailed to USACAC.SAUSAHiring@usdoj.gov.