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U.S. Attorney's Office - C.D. California - Criminal and National Security Divisions (Los Angeles)

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USAO Central District of California


Los Angeles, CA 90012

About the Office: The United States Attorney's Office for the Central District of California (USAO) is responsible for representing the federal government in virtually all litigation involving the United States in the Central District of California. This includes criminal prosecutions for violations of federal law, civil lawsuits by and against the government, and actions to collect judgments and restitution on behalf of victims and taxpayers. With an authorized strength of approximately 280 Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs), the USAO is the second largest in the country. The USAO is divided into four litigating Divisions (Criminal, National Security, Civil, and Tax). The USAO's main offices are in Los Angeles. The USAO's Criminal Division has branch offices in Santa Ana and Riverside.

Job Description:  Hiring is for five AUSA positions in our Criminal and National Security Divisions. As needed, additional positions may be filled using this announcement. Persons with pending applications with the USAO need not reapply.         

AUSAs in these divisions prosecute federal cases in the Central District of California and advise federal law enforcement agents oninvestigations, present cases to the grand jury, try cases before the United States District Court, and represent the United States in criminal appeals before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a 14 month (temporary) basis pending favorable adjudication of a background investigation.


Required qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least 3 years post-J.D. experience. If not already an active member of the California bar, any applicant hired will be required to take (prior to their entry on duty date) and subsequently pass the California bar exam.  AUSAs must become active members of the California bar and maintain California bar membership.
Preferred qualifications: Hiring for AUSA positions within the USAO is highly competitive. The USAO seeks a diverse complement of lawyers with a wide range of exceptional skills and experience, unified by keen intelligence and sincere commitment to public interest. Litigation experience, superior academic record, excellent writing skills, impeccable character, demonstrated interest in public service, courtroom presence, and the ability to work with and relate to a wide variety of people are all taken into account. Most attorneys hired have several years of experience, although highly qualified recent graduates with some experience in practice or as a judicial clerk are also considered. Ties to the Central District of California will be considered. 

Salary:  AUSA pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number years of professional attorney experience. The range of basic pay is $45,932 to $121,569 plus locality pay where authorized.

Travel:  Travel may be required between 1-5 nights per month or more depending on the needs of any particular case assignment, both within and outside the district.

Application Process: 

Attorneys seeking a position as an AUSA should complete the PDF application found at and create a second PDF containing a cover letter to the attention of First Assistant United States Attorney Patrick R. Fitzgerald, resume, law school transcript, and brief writing sample (preferably 10 pages or less). Please include the cover letter, resume, law school transcript, and writing sample in a single pdf in that order. Please be sure to indicate preferred Division(s) and office(s) and all jurisdictions in which admitted to practice law.
The two PDFs should be e-mailed to  This position is open until filled, but applications will be considered on a rolling basis until September 1, 2016.  No telephone calls please.
Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory pre-employment adjudication. This includes fingerprint, credit and tax checks, and drug testing. In addition, continued employment is subject to a favorable adjudication of a background investigation.           
This and other attorney vacancy announcements can be found at:

Application Deadline: Thursday, September 1, 2016

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses will not be authorized.

Number of Positions:  5