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Assistant U.S. Attorney Positions

The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia is unique among U.S. Attorney’s Offices in the size and scope of its work. It serves as both the local and the federal prosecutor for the nation’s capital. On the local side, cases prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs) assigned to the Superior Court Division range from misdemeanor offenses to homicides. On the federal side, cases prosecuted by AUSAs assigned to the Criminal Division include, but are not limited to, drug trafficking; violent crime and firearms possession; cybercrimes; fraud and public corruption; and terrorism. In both roles, the Office is committed to being responsive and accountable to the citizens of the District of Columbia. The Office’s Civil Division further enforces the law and defends the interests of the United States in civil suits brought in the District of Columbia. 

Applicants must possess the qualities necessary to excel in their mission to enforce the criminal laws of the District of Columbia and the United States. These qualities include advocacy and communication skills; superior writing and analytical skills; the ability to manage a high-volume docket; and dedication to duty. Applicants must also demonstrate the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, support staff, investigative agencies, witnesses, and crime victims. Applicants must also demonstrate their willingness to meet the high ethical standards expected of prosecutors in their interactions with opposing counsel and the courts.

The United States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia hires through vacancy announcements posted on the USAJobs site at  Please refer to the USAJobs site for open vacancy announcements and submit all required documents online during the USAJobs application process.  Please do not send documents directly to the USAO.

Required Qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree; be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction); have at least 1 year post-J.D. legal experience; and be willing to make a four-year commitment. Applicants must meet all qualification requirements on the date the USAJobs application package is submitted.

Preferred Qualifications: Litigation experience and a minimum GPA of 3.0 is preferred.

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Updated April 1, 2019