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Opportunities for Lawyers

The United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington recruits for Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs) in the Seattle and Tacoma offices as vacancies occur.

Candidates interested in applying for attorney vacancies must have a J.D. degree; be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of a state, territory, or the District of Columbia; have a minimum of three years of post J.D. experience; and possess excellent academic credentials. Trial experience is a plus. Salary is commensurate with experience.

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 checks with present and former employers, military records and credit bureaus. The investigation also includes verifications of tax filings and attendance at institutions of higher learning. Those who are selected are subject to drug testing by urinalysis. United States citizenship is required.

Openings are infrequent and highly competitive. Since knowing when vacancies will occur is difficult, interested, qualified applicants should visit the Office of Attorney and Recruitment and Management's web site for current vacancies and detailed application procedures. Our office welcomes expressions of interest from qualified applicants outside of a publicly announced vacancy.

Please email your application materials to:

Equal Employment Opportunity

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, protected genetic information, pregnancy, status as a parent, or any other nonmerit-based 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. For more information, please review our full EEO Statement.

Current Announcements:

23-WDWA-AUSA-06 (Civil-Sea/Tac)

Assistant United States Attorney

Open: Tuesday, 8/1/2023, Closes: Wednesday, 8/30/23


Assistant United States Attorney

Open: Thursday, 8/17/23, Closes: Thursday, 8/31/23


Assistant United States Attorney (Term position NTE 9/30/26)

Open: Thursday, 8/17/23, Closes: Thursday, 8/31/23


Updated August 23, 2023