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The United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California seeks to hire exceptionally talented attorneys from diverse backgrounds who wish to serve the public and the cause of justice by becoming Assistant United States Attorneys. Active California bar membership is required to serve as an AUSA in this Office.

The Office seeks to hire exceptionally talented attorneys from diverse backgrounds who wish to serve the public and the cause of justice by becoming Assistant United States Attorneys. Active California bar membership is required to serve as an AUSA in this Office. Persons with pending applications with the Office need not reapply.

Attorneys seeking a position as an AUSA should complete the PDF application below and create a second PDF containing a cover letter to the attention of First Assistant United States Attorney Tracy Wilkison, resume, law school transcript, and brief writing sample (preferably 10 pages or less). Please include the cover letter, resume, law school transcript, and writing sample in a single pdf in that order.

*Helpful hints: Users must use a full version of Adobe Acrobat to fill out the application. Do not use any Viewer software.
You must download a blank copy of the application to your computer. Enter the data and save the application.

The two PDFs should be e-mailed to USACAC.AUSAHiring@usdoj.gov (link sends e-mail). This position is open until filled, but applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Required qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree and be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction). 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. AUSAs must become active members of the California bar and maintain California bar membership.

Preferred qualifications: Hiring for AUSA positions within the USAO is highly competitive. The USAO seeks a diverse complement of lawyers with a wide range of exceptional skills and experience, unified by keen intelligence and sincere commitment to public interest. Litigation experience, superior academic record, excellent writing skills, impeccable character, demonstrated interest in public service, courtroom presence, and the ability to work with and relate to a wide variety of people are all taken into account. Most attorneys hired have several years of experience, although highly qualified recent graduates with some experience in practice or as a judicial clerk are also considered. Ties to the Central District of California will be considered.

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Updated December 10, 2018

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