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Why Justice

The Benefits of Working at Justice

  • Wide Range of Practice Areas

As our nation’s largest legal employer, Justice offers opportunities for law students and attorneys in virtually every legal practice area. Explore the work of various DOJ organizations and find those that best match your interests and expertise.

  • Offices Nationwide

Several organizations have offices throughout the country, including the Antitrust Division, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the U.S. Trustee Program, the Executive Office for Immigration Review, the Environment and Natural Resources Division, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  The 94 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices are organized into districts and located in every state and territory.  More information about Justice field-office locations employing attorneys is available on the DOJ Offices by State Chart.

  • Work-Life Balance

The Department’s work-life philosophy offers an array of benefits to support employees and maximize their performance through practical and workable solutions to balancing the demands of work and personal lives. Benefits include: generous leave programs, dependent care support (including a child care center and emergency child care services in the Washington, D.C. area), dependent care resource and referral services, and flexible work options. An Employee Assistance Program offers confidential counseling and referral services.

  • Mentors

Justice puts a high priority on the personal and professional development of its attorneys and seeks to ensure that entry into government service is as smooth as possible.  When attorneys with less than five years experience join Justice, they are assigned a more experienced attorney through the Department’s Attorney Mentor Program.  Mentors help these attorneys navigate their way and orient them to their office, DOJ, and federal practice.  They help these attorneys build their confidence and shorten their learning curve.

  • Attorney Student Loan Repayment Program

Federal work is both challenging and rewarding. We recognize that pay disparities often exist between federal attorney salaries and those of private sector counterparts. One way Justice tries to make up for that difference is through student loan repayment assistance.

The Attorney Student Loan Repayment Program (ASLRP) provides student loan repayments for qualifying student loans in exchange for a three-year service commitment. Justice requires a minimum aggregate loan balance of $10,000 to initially qualify, and it matches individual attorney payments up to a maximum of $6,000 per year. ASLRP is highly competitive, and open to both entry-level and experienced attorneys. For additional information, view the ASLRP Policy.

Updated February 28, 2023