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Apparently, the Department of Justice Can't Afford Lawyers Anymore

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"In a time of potentially diminished resources, we're trying to be as creative as we can," US Attorney Paul Fishman tells the New Jersey Law Journal. "This is a project that has been tried with great success in other US Attorneys' Offices around the country."

The "project" to which Fishman refers is the hiring of "Special Assistant US Attorneys" -- with "special," in this case, meaning "free."

Announced today, New Jersey is looking to fill Special Assistant positions in the General Crimes Unit of the Criminal Division in Newark and in the Criminal Division in Camden:

Position Description:

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey is seeking applications from attorneys who are willing to accept an unpaid temporary position that offers a valuable opportunity to gain exposure to the office while also obtaining litigation experience. Successful applicants will serve as Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys (SAUSAs) with responsibilities that may include researching legal issues, drafting briefs, conducting hearings and trials, and attending judicial proceedings. This position may continue for up to one year. SAUSAs will not be hired by this office as Assistant US Attorneys at the conclusion of their SAUSA term. However, they may apply for AUSA positions in the office after completing their service as a SAUSA. Only applicants with outstanding academic records and superior legal research and writing skills will be considered. Prior litigation experience is preferred, but the positions are open to lawyers who are finishing judicial clerkships and to highly qualified lawyers who have recently graduated from law school.

Well, with a plush salary and benefit package like the feds are offering, there's not much question the DOJ will get only applications from the best of the best. Who in their right mind would turn down the opportunity to work for free while being explicitly told, in no uncertain terms, that they "will not be hired by this office as Assistant US Attorneys at the conclusion of their SAUSA term?"

Other offices are even harder up.

On Friday, the Western District of Oklahoma just closed the application period for a two-year stint as an unpaid Special Assistant.

Huh.Maybe not all federal employees are overpaid?
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