ADA Career Opportunities
The Nassau County District Attorney's
Office is one of the largest district attorney’s offices in the country with more than
175 lawyers and a total staff in excess of 370. Situated
on Long Island, immediately to the east of New York City, the
office is committed to hiring the most qualified trial, investigative
and appellate attorneys.
The DA’s Office is now accepting applications for the September 2015 hiring class.
(Applications from Admitted Attorneys practicing in excess of 3 years are accepted year-round.)
APPLYING FOR AN ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY POSITION
Applicants for an Assistant District Attorney position must submit the following to the
Executive Assistant District Attorney,
Albert J. Teichman, to be considered for a first stage interview:
- Cover Letter
- Statement of Interest indicating why you want to work as a prosecutor; and specifically, the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office
- A completed and signed Application Packet, including
ADA Applicant Packet
- Conditions of Employment
- Applicant Questionnaire
- Applicant Information Sheet
- Three-Year Commitment
- Political Activity by ADA’s
- Gun Ownership
NOTE: Upon notification of your Second Stage interview, submission of a writing sample is required. Choose a current issue in the criminal justice system about which you feel strongly and prepare a writing sample presenting your position on that issue. This is neither a research paper nor a legal brief, but a sample of your ability to:
- Recognize a significant issue in the criminal justice system;
- Adopt a specific, reasoned position on that issue;
- Articulate that position in a logical and persuasive manner.
This writing sample should be an original position paper and not an abstraction or adaptation of earlier research from law school assignments. Submissions should be limited to three (3) double-spaced pages.
Interviews are conducted from September to the end of April each year. In addition to inviting candidates to the office, interviewers are sent to law schools in various parts of the country to recruit promising attorneys. All hiring is based on merit.
Due to the number of applicants and the limited number of openings, we cannot offer positions to many qualified candidates. The interviewing process has three (3) stages:
Stage 1 - Consists of an interview with an assistant district attorney.
Stage 2 - Consists of a panel interview with two senior assistant district attorneys.
Stage 3 - Consists of an interview with the District Attorney. If the District Attorney extends an offer of employment to you and you accept it, we will conduct a complete investigation of your background. The offer is contingent on the results of that investigation.
Within 30 days of your interview, you will receive either a letter telling you that you have been advanced to the next interviewing stage, or a rejection letter.
The Nassau County District Attorney's Office has been designated
by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board as an
Accredited Continuing Legal Education Provider. In that regard,
and in conjunction with the office's commitment to excellence,
all new attorneys are given the benefit of an extensive training
course before being asked to appear in court. The course runs
for a full month and is conducted by members of the staff who
are also professors of law and published authors in the field
of criminal trial practice. The curriculum for the course includes
lectures, demonstrations and participation in investigation,
case preparation, jury selection, opening statements, direct
examination, cross-examination, summation, pre-trial suppression
hearings and constitutional criminal law. This training program
far exceeds the requirements of the New York State Continuing
Legal Education Board for newly admitted attorneys.
CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION
As an Accredited Continuing Legal Education Provider, the office
presents live and videotaped lectures throughout the year on
a wide variety of current legal topics, for the benefit of newly
admitted and experienced attorneys. These lectures meet or exceed
the individual Continuing Legal Education requirements of New
York State and are open to all current members of the office at no charge.
DISTRICT ATTORNEY CAREER AND SALARY
There are yearly salary increases determined by budgetary
increases are based on merit and responsibility.
Assistant district attorneys are entitled to the following
- 13 paid holidays each year
- 5 vacation days the first year (10 days each year after)
- 10 personal days each calendar year
- 10 sick days each year
- Additional bonus vacation days based upon years of service
- Attorneys hired after Jan. 1, 2002 have a choice of a number of contributory medical plans. Coverage becomes effective within 1 month of service
- Childcare Leave
- Deferred compensation plan
- Flex benefits plan (for medical and child-care expenses)
- County Credit Union
Nassau is an affluent county of 1.4 million residents, situated on Long Island, immediately to the east of New York City, approximately one hour from midtown Manhattan. Together with the neighboring county of Suffolk, the area ranks 11th in population among the nation's 50 largest metropolitan areas. The Long Island region in general is responsible for 25% of all registered voters in the State of New York.
Despite its metropolitan potential, however, Nassau remains a suburban community. It is divided into the three towns of Hempstead, North Hempstead and Oyster Bay, and the two cities of Long Beach and Glen Cove. Each of these communities has its own park system for the benefit of its residents. In addition, Nassau is bordered on the north by Long Island Sound and on the south by Jones Beach and the Atlantic Ocean. Thus, sailing, boating and swimming are frequent recreational activities. Nassau is also the home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, the New York Islanders hockey team, the New York Saints lacrosse team and Hofstra University, the training camp of the New York Jets football team.