Assistant District Attorney Salary
The average salary for an Assistant District Attorney is $58,201 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on pay for this job.
Job Description for Assistant District Attorney
Assistant district attorneys work alongside their district attorneys in specific jurisdictions and report directly to the head prosecutor. A bachelor’s degree, completion of law school, and passing a bar exam (depending on their state’s preferences and requirements) are necessary for the position; after completing these steps, they will then work in a district attorney’s office to complete further training.Read More...
Assistant district attorneys must have strong analytical and litigation skills, be able to multi-task, and excel at communication and problem-solving. Legal research, both online and book-based, is one of the most important parts of the job, and staying up-to-date with and knowledgeable of both federal and local laws is always important.
Assistant district attorneys assist their district attorneys in prosecuting individuals accused of crimes, helping to develop policy revisions, and evaluating litigation procedures. Long hours, travel, interviewing clients and witnesses, and occasional high-stress situations are common for those in this position. Though typical hours are standard government hours, overtime and work on evenings, weekends, and holidays may be necessary. Opportunities to assist in more complex and demanding cases may be offered as they advance in their skills, and they work both inside the district attorney’s office and in the courtroom.
Some assistant district attorneys may choose to become district attorneys themselves; the office of district attorney is an elected position in most counties.
Assistant District Attorney Tasks
- Prepare and organize materials for cases.
- Evaluate cases and determine course of action.
- Interview and advise witnesses.
- Prosecute felonies and misdemeanors.
- Act as representative of the court in a variety of settings.
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