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Job Title:  Special Assistant United States Attorney (Uncompensated)
Department:  Department Of Justice
Agency:  Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys and the Office of the U.S. Attorneys
Job Announcement Number:  13-SC-932728-SAUSA-05

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$0.00 to $0.00 / Per Year
Thursday, August 15, 2013 to Monday, August 26, 2013
Full Time - Temporary NTE 12 months
Few vacancies in the following location:
Florence, SC United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


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 Criminal Division in Greenville, 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.

To view the entire vacancy announcement including instructions on how to apply, click on the tabs above.


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Background investigation and credit check required.
  • You must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable.
  • Applicant must possess a J.D. degree.
  • Applicant must be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction).
  • Applicant must pass a drug test prior to appointment.


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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 Criminal Division with responsibilities commensurate to the applicant’s experience and abilities. These responsibilities may include assisting in the investigation and prosecution of federal crimes, and, as such, may involve practice in the grand jury and before the United States District Court. The incumbent in this position will assist in drafting responses to appellate briefs and to federal habeas petitions brought pursuant to 28 U.S.C. section 2255.  Additional duties may include researching legal issues, assisting experienced Assistant U.S. Attorneys with hearings and trials, and some administrative responsibilities.

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


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Required Qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree and be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of a State, territory, or District of Columbia. Applicants must be active members in good standing of the bar (any jurisdiction).

Note: South Carolina Bar does not have formal reciprocity agreements with any states. The local rules of the United States District Court require S.C. Bar membership for admission to practice before the U.S. District Court. Attorneys who are not current members of the S.C. Bar may be asked, if selected, to consider taking the S.C. Bar at the earliest available timeframe.

Preferred Qualifications: The office seeks applicants with excellent skills in the following areas:(1) sound judgment and a strong work ethic; (2) the ability to work independently and efficiently; (3) the ability to work collaboratively and professionally with other lawyers and support staff; (4) strong skills in legal analysis, research and writing; (5) the ability to analyze complex legal and factual issues; and (6) strong organizational skills.



Applicants with three years or less experience must provide a copy of an official transcript.

Applicants must meet all qualifications upon the closing date of this announcement.

All academic degrees and course work must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see

Employment is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background investigation, to include credit check and arrest record, adjudicated by the Department of Justice.

Following appointment, Special Assistant United States Attorneys generally must reside within the district to which he or she is appointed.  See 28 U.S.C 545 for district-specific information.

Individuals selected will be prohibited from engaging in any outside practice of law while appointed.

It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment.  Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation.  Only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the United States Attorneys' Offices.  Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, non-U.S. citizens may apply for employment with other organizations, but should be advised that appointments of non-U.S. citizens are extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements.  Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


The Occupational Questionnaire will take you approximately 20 minutes to complete.  To preview the Occupational Questionnaire, click the following link View Assessment Questions

Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements.  To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire.


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Payment of relocation expenses will not be authorized.

A Benefits Package is not authorized for this position.


Veterans' Preference:  If you are entitled to Veterans' Preference, you must indicate the type of preference you are claiming in your application and submit the appropriate documentation, as specified below.

  • In order to verify your Veterans' Preference entitlement, please submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 (certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty); official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty; or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
  • In addition, if you are a disabled veteran, a Purple Heart recipient, or widow/widower of a veteran, the spouse of a disabled veteran or the natural mother of a disabled or deceased veteran, you must submit a signed and dated Standard Form (SF) 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and the other required documentation identified on the reverse side of the SF-15 to support your preference claim.

There is no formal rating system for applying veteran's preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veteran's preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring.  Applicants eligible for veteran's preference must include that information in their resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g. the DD-214, Certificate of Release of Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions.  Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, for a copy of SF-15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting documents).  Applicants should note that SF-15 requires supporting documentation associated with service-connected disabilities or receipt of non service connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except the case of service members submitting official statements of retirement order from a brand of the Armed Forces showing that his or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

Failure to submit the required documentation may result in preference not being considered.

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.  See

Reasonable Accommodation Statement: Federal Agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities, where appropriate.  Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. 

EEO Statement: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, status as a parent, genetic information, disability, age, membership or non membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or an non-merit factor. 

The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer.  Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any non merit factor.  The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities.  The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice.  This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

The Department of Justice cannot control further dissemination and/or posting of information contained in this vacancy announcement.  Such posting and/or dissemination is not an endorsement by the Department of the organization or group disseminating and/or posting the information.   


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You may apply online or fax in your documents.  Applying online is the quickest and most convenient way to process your application and track your status. 

The complete Application Package to include all Required Documents list below must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time on Monday, August 26, 2013.

To begin the online process, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Apply Online button at the bottom of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire.  You must click the Submit My Answers button at the end of this process.
  2. To fax supporting documents that you are unable to upload, complete this cover page, and use the following Vacancy ID, 932728  Fax your documents to 1-(478)-757-3144.  You can verify that your uploaded documents are attached to your application by checking the Details tab of your Application Manager account for this vacancy announcement.  Your documents will display under the Details tab in the Document area.  Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process.  Documents submitted with missing information may not be processed.

If you cannot apply online, follow these steps:

  1. Print a copy of this vacancy announcement.
  2. Print the Occupational Questionnaire using the link here so that you can read the questions offline. View Occupational Questionnaire.
  3. Print the OPM Form 1203-FX, in order to provide your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire.  You may obtain the form either by using this URL link,, or calling USAJOBS at (703) 724-1850.  After the introduction press "1" and listen for instructions.  You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions.
  4. Be sure to double check your application before submission.  Fax the completed 1203-FX, resume, and supporting documents to 1-(478)-757-3144.  Your 1203-FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.  Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process.  Documents submitted with missing information may not be processed.


You must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:

  • Your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire (Online or 1203-FX).
  • Your resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional) to include paid or non-paid experience, job title, dates held (month, day, year), number of hours worked per week, duties, and salary if applicable.
  • Veteran Preference documentation, if applicable. (See Benefits and Other Information section for details.)
  • Copy of Official Transcript (only if applicant has 3 years or less experience).
  • Writing Sample.
  • References List.  Your list should include the name, position title (if applicable), email address, and phone number of the reference contact.




Gina F. Jones
Phone: (803)929-3000
TDD: (803) 929-3000
Agency Information:
Executive Office for US Attys
Do not mail application
Apply Online
Columbia, SC


We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the recruitment process has been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation, to include a credit check. We expect to make a final job offer within 80 days after the closing date of the announcement.

A Human Resources representative will contact individuals with whom they would like to schedule an interview.

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