U.S. Attorney's Office, District of SD


Sioux Falls, SD

Job Details

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of South Dakota is seeking an experienced legal assistant to work in the Civil Division located in our Sioux Falls Office. Legal Assistants provide a variety of legal assistance and office support services. If selected, you will receive formal and/or on-the-job training as needed. Duties include: examining, preparing and processing a variety of technical legal documents, e.g., complaints, briefs, motions, orders, answers, pleadings, and subpoenas; providing assistance to attorneys in trial and grand jury preparation; assembling exhibits, affidavits, discovery and other legal documents; assembling and organizing files and records material for disposition or transfer to records depository; maintaining calendar of assigned active cases; tracking filing, hearing, and trial dates, and scheduling conferences and interviews; travel by preparing itinerary and securing transportation and hotel reservations; and producing a variety of written documents and materials using a wide range of office software applications.

Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress. The Civil Division handles civil matters on behalf of the United States, including defensive torts, medical malpractice cases, constitutional claims, employment discrimination, appeals under the Administrative Procedures Act, bankruptcy, prisoner litigation, federal debt collection, foreclosures, FOIA and Privacy Act litigation, and IRS summons enforcement. The successful candidate may also handle other civil matters, including affirmative civil litigation and civil appeals.

More information about the U.S. Attorney’s Office, South Dakota can be found at: http://www.justice.gov/usao/sd/.


GS-07: To be eligible at the GS-7 level, you must have at least ONE full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-6 level in Federal Service.

Specialized experience is defined as experience providing assistance to attorneys by preparing complaints, motions, subpoenas, orders, or other hearing and/or trial documents accurately and in proper format; verifying citations and statutory references contained in legal documents; assisting with discovery, hearing or trial preparation by performing duties such as compiling trial notebooks, assembling jury instructions, and compiling witness and exhibit lists; and using automated software to produce legal related reports and documents, including developing tables of contents and indices to briefs.

To be qualified, you must type at least 40 words per minute based on a 5 minute sample with three or fewer errors. (A typing test may later be required.)

  • Salary

$44,740 -$58,158 per year

  • Pay scale & grade


Open & closing dates

 10/24/2022 to 11/14/2022

Application Information

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