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Application Process

At the beginning of the law school year, our office conducts interviews at more than 40 law schools and job fairs.  Applicants who do not obtain an on-campus interview are encouraged to request an in-house interview. We also conduct in-house interviews for law students attending law schools that we do not visit.

The successful applicant will complete four rounds of interviews:

  1. First interview with one Hiring Board member
  2. Panel interview with three Hiring Board members
  3. Executive Panel interview with the Director of Legal Hiring, Administrative ADA Bonnie Sard, and two ADAs from the Executive Staff
  4. Interview with District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.

The office considers academic achievement as only one indicator of an applicant's potential. Equally important are qualities of personal character; the office seeks applicants with 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.

How to Apply

All applications must be submitted online. Applicants will be required to attach a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, writing sample, and the names and telephone numbers of three professional references. Only complete applications are reviewed. Cover letters should be addressed to:

Ms. Robin R. Edwards
Administrator of the Legal Hiring Unit
New York County District Attorney's Office
One Hogan Place
New York, NY 10013

Please read all instructions carefully and hover over the question mark for more information. Documents should be in Word or PDF format.  We strongly encourage you to review the FAQ section for more information about our application process.    


Graduating Law Students

  • Eligibility: Third-year day students and fourth-year evening students
  • Applications are accepted from August 1st through October 1st. All submissions must be submitted by 5:00 pm (EST).  Only law students graduating in 2018 may apply online by clicking on the link below.

Graduating Law Student Application

Law Clerks

  • Eligibility: Current judicial law clerks who started their clerkships immediately after law school graduation
  • Applications are accepted beginning on August 1st. We strongly encourage clerks to apply before January 1st. Employment decisions are made on a rolling basis. Law clerks may apply online by clicking on the link below.

Law Clerk Application 


  • Eligibility: Experienced attorneys who are currently practicing law. All attorneys who practiced law immediately after graduation and are currently clerking are considered lateral applicants.
  • All lateral candidates must have passed the NYS Bar Examination prior to submitting an application. Lateral applicants may apply online by clicking on the link below.
  • Attorneys must be admitted in New York State by the time of appointment and reside in New York State throughout the tenure of their employment.

Lateral Application


The New York County District Attorney's Office is currently seeking experienced attorneys for positions in various Bureaus & Units within the office. We have openings in the Trial Division, Investigation Division, and Appeals Division.