Assistant US Attorney - Eastern District

Job Description:  An appointment with the U.S. Attorney’s Office offers unique and challenging experiences for the highly motivated attorney. Serving as an Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) and assigned to the Criminal Division, you will be part of a dedicated team helping to enforce federal criminal and civil laws that protect life, liberty, and property of citizens. Criminal Division assignments include, but are not limited to, the investigation and prosecution of federal criminal laws involving guns, violence, immigration, terrorism, drug trafficking, crimes against children, government program fraud, health care fraud, other white collar offenses, public corruption, and organized crime.

Type of Position: All initial attorney appointments in the Department of Justice are made on a 14-month (temporary) basis. 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 jurisdiction), and have at least two years of post-J.D. experience. United States citizenship is required.

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.


AUSA pay is based on the number of years of professional attorney experience. The range of starting pay (including locality differential applicable to the USAO, Eastern District of Michigan’s Detroit duty station) is $68,230 to $166,400.

Travel: Occasional travel may be required.

Application Process:  Applications for this vacancy will be accepted through September 30, 2019. Applicants are evaluated by the Hiring Committee on the basis of such factors as academic performance, trial experience, research and writing ability, oral communication skills, and other legal and community service and experience.

Interested persons should provide the following information:

  1. A cover letter, which must include the vacancy number listed above and the date;
  2. A detailed resume;
  3. One writing sample that is 10 pages or less;
  4. A completed questionnaire (see attached).

Please send these materials as a single attachment (PDF preferred) via email to USAMIE.HIRE@USDOJ.GOV. The preferred method for applying is by email, but you may apply through the mail by sending the materials to:

Saima Mohsin

First Assistant U.S. Attorney

Eastern District of Michigan

211 W. Fort Street, Suite 2001

Detroit, MI 48226

Please use only one method of application (email or traditional mail), and do not send multiple applications. Applications must be received or postmarked by September 30, 2019.