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Assistant U. S. Attorney Positions

The United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of California, serving San Diego and Imperial Counties, will only accept applications in response to a posted Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) vacancy.

Qualified candidates who meet all the vacancy requirements are selected for interviews. The United States Attorney’s Office seeks highly qualified applicants with extensive litigation experience, strong writing skills and excellent credentials. Exceptional lawyers who are active members of a state bar will be considered.

Application Process

Vacancy announcements will be posted on USAJobs:, the Office and Attorney Recruitment:, and through this website.

All applicants will be directed to apply on-line through the USAJobs website. Our office requires that all applicants submit the following materials as part of their application: Cover letter, resumé, writing sample and the completed SDCA application form. A copy of the SDCA application form is available on this website.

If you need assistance or have questions, please contact Nitza Williamson at (619) 546-9273 or via email:

Applications materials must be submitted by the deadline listed on the vacancy announcement (EST). Please include the vacancy announcement number in your cover letter when submitting your application materials.

Department Policies

Assistant U.S. Attorneys generally must reside in the district to which he or she is appointed. See 28 U.S.C. §545 for district-specific information.

The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism, or any non-merit factor. The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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. Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the United States Attorneys’ Offices. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, non-U.S. Citizens may apply for employment with other organizations, but should be advised that appointments of non-U.S. Citizens are extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The Department of Justice considers veterans’ preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans’ preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions.

The Department of Justice cannot control further dissemination and/or posting of information contained in this vacancy announcement. Such posting and/or dissemination is not an endorsement by the Department of the organization or group disseminating and/or posting the information.

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Updated April 9, 2019

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