JOIN THE USTP TEAM
The USTP offers a wide range of career opportunities in the legal, financial, paraprofessional, administrative, and IT fields—both in our headquarters in Washington, DC, and in our 90 field offices across the country. You can view our active job announcements using the quick links on the right sidebar. And if you are interested in learning more about the work of the USTP, consider engaging with one of our Ambassador Attorneys.
Opportunities for Attorneys
Our legal hiring is open to both new, entry-level attorneys and experienced attorneys.
New attorneys are hired through Justice’s competitive, centralized recruitment program—the Attorney General’s Honors Program—which is open to graduating law students and recent law school graduates who entered judicial clerkships, graduate law programs, or qualifying legal fellowships within 9 months of law school graduation and who meet additional eligibility programs. Learn more about the Honors Program and the application process here.
The USTP also offers opportunities for experienced attorneys looking to work on significant and complex issues in bankruptcy. Current experienced attorney vacancies are posted here.
Opportunities for Non-Attorneys
The USTP has many opportunities for non-attorney professionals, including auditors, paralegals, legal clerks, and administrative support personnel such as information technology specialists, budget analysts, and procurement specialists. Current USTP non-attorney vacancies are posted on USAJobs.gov (using the search term “U.S. Trustee Program”).
Volunteer Legal Internships
Legal internships are an excellent opportunity for law students with a background and interest in bankruptcy, policy making, administrative law, and legislative matters to gain experience and possibly to earn course credit. Learn more about these internships here.
Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program
The USTP utilizes OPM’s highly competitive PMF Program to identify graduate students to fill positions at the GS-9 through GS-11 level. Fellows embark on a two-year assignment with the USTP, which includes extensive training and a four-to-six-month developmental detail, with the option of converting to a permanent position upon completion of the program. Learn more about the PMF Program and the application process here.
Private Trustee Appointments
The USTP appoints and supervises private trustees who administer bankruptcy estates under chapters 7, 12, and 13 of the Bankruptcy Code. In addition, under the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019, the USTP maintains pools of private trustees who are appointed on a case-by-case basis as chapter 11 subchapter V trustees charged with facilitating the development of a consensual plan of reorganization by qualifying small business debtors and, in cases where the debtor is removed as the debtor-in-possession, with operating the debtor’s business and performing case administration duties. Private trustees are not government employees; however, they do work in concert with the USTP to ensure the efficiency and integrity of the bankruptcy system. For more information on the role of private trustees, as well as current vacancy announcements, visit our Private Trustee Information page.