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Experienced Attorneys

The Department of Justice offers a broad range of opportunities for experienced attorneys to work on many significant and complex issues that face our nation. Our lawyers work in virtually every area of legal practice.

The effectiveness of the Department's law enforcement and other legal responsibilities depends upon the continued recruitment and hiring of excellent and diverse legal talent. We recognize the need for attorneys of varied backgrounds and skills, and offer an inclusive environment that relies on diverse perspectives to ensure that we effectively serve the American people.

Experienced Attorney Hiring Process

As a general rule, an attorney with a J.D. degree (or equivalent) who is an active member of the bar of any U.S. jurisdiction and has at least one year post-J.D. (or equivalent) legal or other relevant experience is eligible for an experienced attorney position. The required number of years of experience can be increased and additional eligibility criteria required for some experienced attorney positions; however, all applicants must have at least one year of post-J.D. (or equivalent) experience, except for uncompensated Special Attorneys, where the one-year requirement does not apply.

Current Attorney Vacancies

We maintain a current listing of all attorney vacancies at Justice. These employment opportunities are searchable by hiring component, geographic locale, and practice area.

Additional Information

Updated November 15, 2023