Assistant District Attorney
Each year, hundreds of law school graduates and practicing attorneys apply for limited positions as Assistant District Attorneys. Our hiring classes are comprised of recent law school graduates as well attorneys who join the office as laterals or after clerking.
Assistant District Attorneys are given substantial responsibility early in their careers. ADAs generally start in the Criminal Division. As they gain experience, they have the opportunity to handle more serious and complex cases. They are also afforded the opportunity to transfer to the office's White Collar Criminal Division, which is comprised of experienced attorneys who prosecute fraud, corruption, and white-collar crimes. Unlike many other prosecution agencies, we prosecute cases vertically, meaning that one ADA handles a case from its inception to final disposition.
Given the diverse nature of our community, the ability to work with people of different backgrounds is critical. The office seeks to have a legal staff that reflects the diversity of the community that we serve. To that end, we actively recruit minority applicants. The office is firmly committed to a policy against discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or employment status.
Currently, the office is interviewing for positions with the Misdemeanor Unit, both paid and unpaid (as volunteer positions) and for lateral hires. If you would like to join our efforts in making San Francisco the safest big city, please review the following:
If you are an experienced attorney currently practicing law, or have recently graduated from law school and have passed the California Bar, the office encourages you to submit your application. Attorneys must be admitted in California prior to submitting an application and reside in California throughout the tenure of their employment.
The office considers academic achievement as only one indicator of an applicant's potential. Equally important are qualities of personal character, integrity, judgment, and maturity. Prior leadership experience and a demonstrated commitment to public service are also valued qualities. Assistant District Attorneys are selected solely on the basis of merit, without regard to political affiliation. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.
All interested applicants, please be advised that there are multiple steps to the application process. They include submitting an online application, personal and professional materials, and navigating multiple rounds of interviews.
How to Apply:
- Please visit Job Postings
- Selected “Attorney (Civil/Criminal) PEX-8177-070981” and follow the prompts to complete and submit the online portion of the application process.
All Applicants must also: Submit Application Materials
All applicants selected for the first round interview will be contacted directly. Please ensure that all contact information you provide is valid.
If a job opening is not presently open, please consider submitting your application materials (see above) anyway. Your information will be kept on file and considered for review when openings become available.
All applicants are required to submit the following materials to Shavaun Tolliver in a single Word or PDF file:
- Cover Letter
Please address your cover letter to:
Human Resources Manager
Office of District Attorney Suzy Loftus
350 Rhode Island St, 400N
San Francisco, CA 94103
Unofficial (or official) transcript
Unofficial Transcript: Please provide the most recent copy of your transcript. It should include your current course schedule, if applicable.
Official law school transcript: An official transcript is issued directly from the law school generating the grade report. It usually has an official seal and/or a signature of the registrar. You may have the registrar mail the transcript directly to our office or you may bring it to your interview in an envelope sealed by your registrar.
- Writing sample
Writing sample: Your writing sample should show substantial legal research and analysis and should be limited to no more than 12 pages. It need not be on a criminal law subject and there is no specific length requirement. Please submit what you consider to be the best example of your writing. The sample should be accompanied by a cover page explaining (a) the sample's original purpose (e.g., class assignment, moot court brief, internal memorandum for employer); (b) when and for whom the sample was written; (c) the extent of editing by any third party; (d) if the writing sample is an excerpt from a larger document, the nature of such larger document; and (e) if the sample is a collaborative work, which portion of the sample was written by the applicant. You may submit additional samples while your application is pending if you desire.
- Three references
References: We require at least three professional references from former or current employers who have firsthand knowledge of your performance in a legal position. References from former or current employers in a legal setting are preferable to academic references. Personal references are not desired, nor are letters of recommendation. Please include a full name, current telephone number, and e-mail address for each reference provided.
Salaries range from $121,784-$213,330 a year commensurate to experience. Please see Job Postings for additional information.
Benefits include a comprehensive insurance plan offering medical, dental and vision, life and long-term disability options, generous vacation time, parental leaves, domestic partnership benefits, pre-tax spending options and deferred compensation plans. For more information about benefits, please click here.