Careers & Recruiting

The District Attorney's staff numbers more than 400 and includes approximately 186 Assistant District Attorneys. There are many opportunities in the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office for individuals committed to public service.

In addition to Assistant District Attorneys, other positions include: Detective Investigator, District Attorney Investigator, Evidence Control Clerk, Victim Advocate, Legal Stenographer/Grand Jury Reporter, Security Guard, and Legal Secretary. 

Assistant District Attorney 

Overview

The Suffolk County District Attorney's office is New York State's busiest prosecutor's office outside of the City of New York. The office carries a felony conviction rate of more than 97%. Our office attracts law school graduates with the potential to develop into outstanding prosecutors enabling the District Attorney to maintain one of the finest prosecutor's offices in the United States. The office seeks candidates with diverse backgrounds and strong character traits who are committed to public service.  

The few selected are provided with extensive on-the-job-training and are quickly given the opportunity to develop trial and appellate litigation skills. The office maintains a Training and Education Unit that provides ongoing continuing educational opportunities and supplements its training with that provided by the National District Attorneys Association and the New York Prosecutors Training Institute (NYPTI). The office is also at the forefront in providing prosecutors with the technological tools needed to vigorously represent the people of New York State in criminal prosecutions.

The District Attorney requires a three year commitment upon acceptance of a position as an Assistant District Attorney. Starting annual salary is competitive and includes a comprehensive benefits plan.

Requirements

• Graduation from an accredited law school
• United States citizenship
• Residency in the County of Suffolk at the time of commencement of employment
• Record of academic excellence
• High moral character and sincere interest in public service

Benefits

• Health Insurance, including optical and dental benefits
• Vacation, Personal and Sick Time
• Maternity and Disability Leave
• Deferred Compensation
• New York State Retirement
• Life Insurance
• Legal and other benefits

Locations

• Central Islip
• Hauppauge
• Riverhead
• Southold
• Southampton

Career Track

Entry level Assistant District Attorneys begin their tenure in the District Court Bureau where they prosecute misdemeanor crimes and violation offenses. This initial assignment provides the development of investigative and trial experience. Some Assistant District Attorneys will serve for a period of time in the Domestic Violence Unit, prosecuting misdemeanor domestic violence cases and/or in the East End Bureau where prosecution of misdemeanor crimes takes place in the Town and Village courts located in the eastern towns of Suffolk County. Assistant District Attorneys then move on to the Case Advisory Bureau where felony crimes are screened and processed. Thereafter, assistants move into various divisions of the office including Trial, Investigations and Appeals where they develop specialized skills and experience in various areas of criminal law, including: Homicide; Economic Crime; Environmental Crime; Government Corruption; Insurance Crime; Narcotics; Gangs; Weapons; Major Felony Crime; Child Abuse and Domestic Violence; Elder Abuse; Tax and Computer/Internet crimes. All promotions in the Suffolk County District Attorney's office are merit based. 


Do You Have What It Takes? 

Many successful applicants have served as interns in the criminal justice system in prosecutors' offices, defense firms, public defender’s offices and in judicial clerkships. The District Attorney encourages law students to actively participate in intern/externship and legal clinical programs. Many have been active in Law Review, Moot Court and Trial Advocacy programs.

The District Attorney also encourages involvement in community volunteerism and other good citizenship activities. The Office evaluates candidates based on life experience in addition to academic achievement and legal and professional employment experience. Since the District Attorney's Office is a law enforcement agency, applicants are subject to an extensive background investigation. All Assistant District Attorneys are bound by the Canons of Ethics and the Ethical Guidelines for the New York State District Attorneys Association. 

Recruitment schedule

The Suffolk County District Attorney’s office generally does not engage in lateral hiring. Those interested in a lateral move from another prosecutor’s or government office or who have been admitted attorneys in private practice for a number of years may submit an application for review but such an application will be given serious consideration for lateral hiring in only the rarest of circumstances. 

Entry level Assistant District Attorneys are hired as a “class” and begin employment in early August. This schedule allows for third year law students to graduate and take the New York State Bar Examination in late July. A resume and cover letter should be sent between September 1st and December 10th to be considered for an entry level position in the class that will begin employment in August of the following year. The selection process for an entry level Assistant District Attorney is very competitive. Resumes and letters should set forth the applicant’s qualifications consistent with the requirements and ideals set forth above.

Applicants accepted for panel interviews will be notified in December. Panel interviews are conducted between mid-December and mid-January to coincide with Law School semester break schedules. Once the panel interviews are completed, a limited number of applicants will be selected for a final interview that will take place in March. Final interview applicants will receive a letter by the end of April notifying them of the results of the final interview process. Final interview applicants who are not offered a position may be placed on a waiting list as positions may become available after the final interview notifications are sent out.

If you are a third year law student who is a Law Assistant working in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office through a criminal externship program for the fall semester covering the above mentioned September 1st through December 10th time period or will be a Law Assistant for the following spring semester of the year the class is being hired, and you would like to apply for a position as an Assistant District Attorney,  you must submit a cover letter and resume as per the below instructions to the Bureau Chief of the District Court Bureau by the end of your externship or, in the case of spring semester Law Assistants, by the end of February.

Applicants who have previously graduated from law school and have taken and/or passed the New York State Bar Examination are encouraged to apply but should be advised that all such applications will be considered for entry level  Assistant District Attorney positions only in accordance with the above schedule. To apply for an Assistant District Attorney position, send your resume and cover letter by mail to: Mr. Edward G. Heilig, Division Chief, North County Complex, Building 77, Hauppauge, N.Y. 11788 or send the cover letter and resume addressed to Mr. Heilig via e-mail to Laura.Colaianni@suffolkcountyny.gov


NOTICE OF JOB OFFERINGS

Please be advised that an opening for the position of Assistant Special Investigator in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office may arise in the near future. This position is in the exempt class and the appointee serves at the pleasure of the District Attorney.

The minimum qualifications for the position include ten (10) years of experience as a detective or investigator employed by a Police Department or a District Attorney’s Office located in the State of New York. 

The starting salary for the position is $63,345. Suffolk County residency is required. Interested candidates should mail resumes to:

Division Chief Edward G. Heilig
Suffolk County District Attorney Office
Building 77, North County Complex
Veterans Memorial Highway
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Please be advised that an opening for the position of Assistant Special Investigator in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office may arise in the near future.  This position is in the exempt class and the appointee serves at the pleasure of the District Attorney.  

     The minimum qualifications for the position include ten (10) years of experience as a detective or investigator employed by a Police Department or a District Attorney’s Office located in the State of New York, with specific training and experience investigating medical insurance fraud, prescription drug diversion, money laundering and revenue crimes, including violations of New York State taxation and finance laws. Applicant must have training and certifications in the field of electronic evidence collection and recovery.

     The starting salary for the position is $63,345.  Suffolk County residency is required.  Interested candidates should mail resumes detailing their qualifications consistent with the above to:

Division Chief Edward G. Heilig
Suffolk County District Attorney Office
Building 77, North County Complex
Veterans Memorial Highway
Hauppauge, NY 11788


       Please be advised that an opening for the position of Special Investigator in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office may arise in the near future.  This position is in the exempt class and the appointee serves at the pleasure of the District Attorney.  

     The minimum qualifications for the position include ten (10) years of experience as a detective employed by a Police Department or Investigator employed by a District Attorney’s Office located in the State of New York, with specific prior experience as a Systems Administrator for the SyTech ADACS Platform, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Electronic Surveillance Platform approved for use in eavesdropping warrants.  Prior experience in covert neutralization of locks, locking systems, and surveillance security systems on public and private premises is also required for this position. Applicants must provide specific detail as to their training and experience in the above areas to be considered for this position. 

     The starting salary for the position is $104,896.  Suffolk County residency is required.  

Interested candidates should mail resumes to:

Division Chief Edward G. Heilig
Suffolk County District Attorney Office
Building 77, North County Complex
Veterans Memorial Highway
Hauppauge, NY 11788


Civil Service Positions 

Detective Investigators, District Attorney Investigators, Evidence Control Clerks, Victim Advocates, Legal Stenographers and Legal Secretary positions are all open competitive examinations. Visit the Suffolk County Civil Service Website or applications can be made by writing to: 

Suffolk County Department of Civil Service
P.O. Box 6100
Bldg. 158, North County Complex
Hauppauge, NY 11788-0099
Phone: (631) 853-5500, Fax (631) 853-4796 


The Office of the Suffolk County District Attorney reserves the right to change without notice any statement on this page concerning, but not limited to, rules, policies, eligibility, recruitment and terms of employment.  The Office of the Suffolk County District Attorney is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Note:  The outside practice of law by Assistant District Attorneys is prohibited.