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Assistant U.S. Attorney Positions

The United States Attorney's Office employs approximately 180 Assistant United States Attorneys. Slightly more than half of these attorneys work in the Houston office, but a growing number are assigned to our offices in Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Laredo, McAllen and Victoria. The office's attorneys bring a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, including service in private law firms, state prosecutor's offices, public defender's offices and the military (to name a few). Career prosecutors make up a significant percentage of the office's attorneys.

The United States Attorney's Office - Southern District of Texas publicly advertises its attorney vacancies on USAJOBS. Even when positions are not immediately available, however, the office welcomes expressions of interest from qualified candidates.

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For basic consideration, applicants must possess a J.D. degree and be an active member of at least one bar (any jurisdiction). Preferred qualifications include strong academics, superior research and writing skills and a demonstrated commitment to professionalism, ethics, civility and public service. Candidates with fewer than three years of experience as a licensed attorney will typically be less competitive in the selection process.


Prior to hire for permanent AUSA employment, attorneys are asked for a commitment that they will serve with the office for a period of at least three years, in the location and duty position to which they are assigned upon hire. 

Security Forms
Applicants who have tentatively been selected for positions with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Texas will find below a list of security and administrative forms required for a background investigation.
AUSA Security and Administration Forms

Other Resources
Office of Personnel Management Web Site

Updated December 12, 2022