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Employment Opportunities for: Attorneys | Support Staff | Students

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York covers 32 counties in Upstate New York with offices in Syracuse, Albany, Binghamton, and Plattsburgh.  The office has three divisions: Criminal, Civil, and Appellate.

The Criminal Division prosecutes federal crimes including violent crimes, drug trafficking, immigration, firearms, child exploitation, fraud, public corruption, environmental crimes, and anti-terrorism. The Civil Division represents federal agencies and employees in tort claims, constitutional torts, medical malpractice, bankruptcy, and general civil litigation.  The Civil Division also files affirmative litigation under the False Claims Act. The Appellate Division handles criminal and civil appeals. The office hires experienced attorneys (as Assistant United States Attorneys), support staff, and qualified law students (as interns).

There are three general areas of employment. Please use the links above for more information.  The United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of New York places a high value on diversity of experiences and perspectives and encourages applications from all qualified individuals from all ethnicities and racial backgrounds, veterans, LGBT individuals, and persons with disabilities.

EMPLOYMENT FOR ADMITTED ATTORNEYS

Current opportunities:

Openings periodically occur for attorneys.  When open, vacancies are available at the Department of Justice's web site at Department of Justice's Legal Vacancies and USAJobs.  Applications are only accepted through USAJobs.

Non-discrimination

‘It is the policy of the United States Attorneys’ offices (USAOs) and the Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA) to provide an inclusive and equitable workplace free of discrimination and harassment and to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) solely based on merit. In accordance with civil rights laws, federal regulations, governing executive orders, and the Department’s EEO policy, the USAOs and EOUSA will not discriminate or harass any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex – including sexual orientation, gender identity or pregnancy status, age (over 40), physical or mental disability, protected genetic information, parental status, marital status, political affiliation, any other nonmerit-based factor, or reprisal for prior EEO activity.’  (EOUSA/USAO Equal Employment Opportunity Policy). The foregoing policy, which applies to employees, is also followed by this office regarding volunteer student interns.

Background checks

All offers of employment, including positions for attorneys are conditioned upon the successful clearance of a background check. Employment cannot be commenced until the employee has cleared.

EMPLOYMENT FOR SUPPORT STAFF

Openings periodically occur for various permanent positions as a support staff member. Job titles include Legal Assistant, Paralegal, and various administrative positions. When open, vacancies are available at USAJobs.  Applications are only accepted through USAJobs.

Background checks

All offers of employment, including positions for support staff, are conditioned upon the successful clearance of a background check. Employment cannot be commenced until the employee has cleared.

Non-discrimination

‘It is the policy of the United States Attorneys’ offices (USAOs) and the Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA) to provide an inclusive and equitable workplace free of discrimination and harassment and to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) solely based on merit. In accordance with civil rights laws, federal regulations, governing executive orders, and the Department’s EEO policy, the USAOs and EOUSA will not discriminate or harass any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex – including sexual orientation, gender identity or pregnancy status, age (over 40), physical or mental disability, protected genetic information, parental status, marital status, political affiliation, any other nonmerit-based factor, or reprisal for prior EEO activity.’  (EOUSA/USAO Equal Employment Opportunity Policy). The foregoing policy, which applies to employees, is also followed by this office regarding volunteer student interns.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR LAW STUDENTS

Law students are selected as volunteer interns during both the academic year and summer. Law students perform legal research, draft memoranda, observe court proceedings, and generally assist in litigation and trials. Qualifications include outstanding academic credentials; demonstrated research, writing and analytical ability; and U.S. citizenship.

Law students typically work part-time during the academic year and full-time during the summer. "Split" summers are allowed but not encouraged. Law students may also work full time during either the fall or spring semester. (Please check with your law school to see if it allows off-campus internships).

Law student internships are volunteer positions. During the academic year and summer, academic credit may be granted by your law school. This office participates in work study programs. Applications should include a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, and writing sample, and should be sent directly to the following persons:

  • Syracuse
    Assistant United States Attorney Adrian S. LaRochelle and 
    Assistant United States Attorney Emer M. Stack
    P.O. Box 7198
    100 S. Clinton St.
    Syracuse, NY 13261-7198
    Applications may be emailed to USANYN.LawIntern-Syr@usdoj.gov
    Inquiries: Brianna Strauss, 315.448.0915
    Hiring needs: approx. 4-6 students summer (full time); approx. 4-6 students academic year (part time).
  • Albany
    Assistant United States Attorney Adam J. Katz and
    Assistant United States Attorney Alexander Wentworth-Ping
    James T. Foley Courthouse
    445 Broadway, Room 218
    Albany, NY 12207
    Applications may be emailed to USANYN.LawIntern-Alb@usdoj.gov
    Inquiries: Jessica Warholic, 607.773.2738
    Hiring needs: approx. 4-6 students summer (full time); approx. 4-6 students academic year (part time).

Background Checks

The office performs a background check on all applicants. Law students must pass a background check before they can begin working as interns. Common issues that arise are as follows:

  • Citizenship: Students must be U.S. citizens or owe permanent allegiance to the United States (natives of American Samoa).
  • Drug use: Any type of illegal drug use within 12 months of completing the background check paperwork is an automatic disqualification. Admitted drug use outside this 12-month period will require a letter of explanation describing the events surrounding the drug use.
  • Credit history: All outstanding credit problems must be resolved before work can begin. A history of serious credit problems may be grounds for disqualification.
  • Employment History: Students must submit a written explanation if they have been fired from a previous job, quit after having been told that they would be fired, or left a job by mutual agreement because of specific problems.
  • Criminal History: Students must submit a written explanation if they have been charged, convicted, imprisoned, or been on probation or parole for any offense.
     

Non-discrimination

‘It is the policy of the United States Attorneys’ offices (USAOs) and the Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA) to provide an inclusive and equitable workplace free of discrimination and harassment and to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) solely based on merit. In accordance with civil rights laws, federal regulations, governing executive orders, and the Department’s EEO policy, the USAOs and EOUSA will not discriminate or harass any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex – including sexual orientation, gender identity or pregnancy status, age (over 40), physical or mental disability, protected genetic information, parental status, marital status, political affiliation, any other nonmerit-based factor, or reprisal for prior EEO activity.’  (EOUSA/USAO Equal Employment Opportunity Policy). The foregoing policy, which applies to employees, is also followed by this office regarding volunteer student interns.

Application deadline

The application deadline for both academic year and summer law student internships is February 15.

Updated May 17, 2022

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