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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.

EMPLOYMENT FOR ADMITTED ATTORNEYS

Current opportunities: The United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of New York is currently hiring attorneys to work in the Criminal, Civil, and Appellate Divisions in Albany, Binghamton, Plattsburgh, and Syracuse, New York.  More information about these positions is available at the Department of Justice's web site at Department of Justice's Legal Vacancies.

Non-discrimination

'It is the policy of the United States Attorney’s Offices (USAOs) and the Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA) to provide equal opportunity in employment on the basis of merit and to prohibit discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability (physical or mental), sexual orientation or reprisal. (United States Attorneys' Manual section 3-5.000). 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.

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

This office follows the Equal Employment Opportunity Policy in United States Attorney’s Manual (USAM) §3-5.100, which states in part, "It is the policy of the United States Attorney’s Offices (USAOs) and the Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA) to provide equal opportunity in employment on the basis of merit and to prohibit discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability (physical or mental), sexual orientation or reprisal." Relevant hiring policies are described in detail in USAM Chapter 3-5.000. This office does not subscribe to non-discrimination policies of any third party, including law schools.

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 and writing sample, and should be sent directly to the following persons:

Syracuse
Assistant United States Attorney Tamara B. Thomson
P.O. Box 7198
100 S. Clinton St.
Syracuse, NY 13261-7198
Applications may be emailed to Patricia.V.White@usdoj.gov
Inquiries: Patricia White, 315.448-0672
Hiring needs: approx. 8 students summer (full time); approx. 8 students academic year (part time).

Albany
Civil Chief Tom Spina
James T. Foley Courthouse
445 Broadway
Albany, NY 12207

Academic year (part time)
Contact: AUSA Adam Katz, 518.431.0247
Hiring needs: approx. 5 students

Summer (full time)
Contact: Tom Spina, 518.431.0247
Hiring needs: approx. 4-8 students

Binghamton
Applications may be emailed to Kathleen.S.Torres@usdoj.gov
Inquiries: Kathleen Torres, 607.773.2888
Hiring needs: approx. 2 students summer (full time); approx. 1 student academic year (part time).

Plattsburgh
Assistant United States Attorney Katherine Kopita
14 Durkee Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Applications may be emailed to Katherine.kopita@usdoj.gov
Inquiries: Katherine Kopita, 518.314.7800
Hiring needs: 1 student summer (full 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 Attorney’s Offices (USAOs) and the Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA) to provide equal opportunity in employment on the basis of merit and to prohibit discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability (physical or mental), sexual orientation or reprisal. (United States Attorneys' Manual section 3-5.000). 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 January 15.

Updated July 13, 2018

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