Assistant United States Attorneys are some of the best and the brightest lawyers in the nation. Candidates who meet the high standards of the office are assigned to work in one of the sections of the Criminal or Civil Divisions. While there is no "typical" Assistant United States Attorney, most attorneys who begin working in the office have several years of litigation experience beyond law school. See benefits package (PDF format).
Employment for all positions is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background investigation by the Department of Justice. This is a thorough investigation that includes reference checks with current and former employers, military records and credit bureaus. It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment. The investigation also includes verification of tax filings and attendance at institutions of higher learning. Final adjudication of security clearances can take from four to six months; therefore, the Department can grant a waiver for most positions, allowing the selectee to enter on duty, while the investigation is being conducted. United States citizenship is required.