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If you are looking for an exciting and challenging position, this may be the opportunity for you!  With a diverse and talented workforce of over 100,000 men and women, Justice leads the Nation in ensuring the protection of all Americans while preserving their constitutional freedoms. You will be part of a dedicated team helping to enforce Federal criminal and civil laws that protect life, liberty and the property of citizens.

The United States Attorney's Office is a great place to work.  The Department of Justice ranked #8 out of 19 large Federal cabinet agencies and the Executive Office of the United States Attorney’s Office/United States Attorney’s Offices ranked #54 out of 292 agency subcomponents in a study, "The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government, 2012 Rankings" published by the Partnership for Public Service.  See

The United States Attorney's Office for the District of South Carolina is seeking applications from attorneys who are interested in an unpaid position as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Civil Division in Columbia, SC.

About the District: The attorney selected for this position will join approximately 50 attorneys in representing the interests of the United States Attorney's Office for the District of South Carolina, located in Columbia, Greenville, Florence, or Charleston, South Carolina. The State of South Carolina offers a wonderful climate and a wide variety of cultural, educational, recreational, and social activities. More information about the office may be accessed at:

This posting is for an uncompensated Special Assistant United States Attorney position.

This is a one year appointment WITHOUT benefit entitlements. 

Note: Employees of the Department of Justice, including uncompensated Special Attorneys, may not engage in the compensated practice of law outside the office. Attorneys are not eligible to serve as Special Attorneys if they have had an employment offer deferred by a law firm and received a payment for the period of their deferral with the expectation of future employment with the law firm, or if they will receive any payment from a law firm during their unpaid employment with the Department of Justice. In addition, contractors, including employees of contractors who do business with the Department of Justice, and who also are attorneys, are not eligible to serve as uncompensated Special Attorneys. 

As needed, additional positions may be filled using this announcement.

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Responsibilities and Opportunity Offered:  The selected applicant will serve as an uncompensated Special Assistant United States Attorney (SAUSA) assigned to the Civil Division.  The incumbent in this position will have the opportunity to perform an important public service by representing the interests of the United States of America in civil actions brought by or against the United States in the United States District Court.  The responsibilities of this position may include researching legal issues, drafting legal memoranda, drafting and responding to discovery requests, document review and organization, taking or defending depositions, and representing the United States as primary and/or secondary counsel in judicial proceedings, such as hearings and trials, in various federal district, bankruptcy, and state court actions.  The areas of legal practice include, but are not limited to, foreclosure, bankruptcy, social security, Bivens actions, actions brought by individuals in federal custody, actions brought under the Freedom of Information Act, actions seeking review of administrative decisions of federal agencies, actions to defend or enforce subpoenas, medical malpractice, employment discrimination, and personal injury litigation pursuant to the Federal Tort Claims Act. 

Travel Required:  Occasional travel both within and outside the District may be required.