Assistant United States Attorney

USAO Eastern District of Virginia

An appointment as an AUSA with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Virginia offers unique and challenging experiences for highly motivated attorneys: an opportunity to work on their own caseload and handle their own trials and appeals as a representative of the United States. This office is hiring for one AUSA in the Criminal Division of the Richmond Office. The AUSA will handle all phases of a criminal prosecution, from investigation and trial through appeals and collateral litigation. This position will focus primarily on white-collar and fraud offenses, but may involve some general crimes.

All initial attorney appointments to the Department of Justice are made on a 14 month (temporary) basis pending favorable adjudication of a background investigation. Temporary appointments may or may not be made permanent without further competition.


Required qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), have at least three years of post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience, and possess superior communication and courtroom skills, exhibit exceptional research and writing ability, perform thorough legal and factual analyses, demonstrate strong interpersonal skills, exercise good judgment and function with minimal guidance in a highly demanding environment.

Preferred qualifications: Experience litigating criminal cases (white-collar) in federal courts and/or demonstrated interest in litigating white-collar criminal cases is strongly preferred, and/or a federal court clerkship.

United States citizenship is required.

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.

Assistant United States Attorneys generally must reside in the district to which he or she is appointed or within 25 miles thereof. See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district-specific information.

Assistant United States Attorneys’ pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number of years of professional attorney experience. The range of basic pay for these positions will be $59,906 to $145,836, plus locality pay.
Travel within and outside the District may be required but should be minimal.
Application Process:

Applications must be submitted online through the following link:

Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.

Application Deadline:
Tuesday, August 3, 2021
Relocation Expenses:
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
Number of Positions:
One, but additional positions may be filled if vacancies occur.
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