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The Westchester County District Attorney’s Office has career opportunities for attorneys, criminal investigators and civil service support staff. The requirements for each type of position vary, so please be sure to review the information below carefully before submitting an application to our office.

Attorney Career Opportunities
The Westchester County District Attorney's Office has opportunities for attorneys to join the largest prosecutors' office in New York State north of New York City.  Unfortunately, due to the high number of applicants and the limited number of available positions, we are unable offer positions to many qualified candidates.

New Assistant District Attorneys must make a three year commitment; however, most stay well beyond that commitment. First-time ADAs start in the Appeals and Special Litigation Division where they are provided with legal foundation training before moving to the Local Courts and Grand Jury Division. After gaining experience in the Westchester County local courts, ADAs often transfer to the Trial, Special Prosecutions or Investigations Divisions. Assistant District Attorneys serve at the pleasure of the District Attorney.  

In light of the diversity in Westchester County, the office seeks to have a legal staff that reflects the diversity of the community that we serve. To that end, we actively recruit minority applicants. The office is firmly committed to a policy against discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or employment status.

New York State Public Officers Law Section 3(1) requires that all persons holding civil office be citizens of the United States. Accordingly, United States citizenship is required of all Assistant District Attorneys upon commencement of their employment, as is New York State residency.  

Both entry level and experienced attorney candidates who accept an offer of employment must pass a background investigation as a condition of their employment. The investigation includes a verification of name, residence, and educational background, as well as a criminal history check, interviews with references, close personal associates, former employers, co-workers, neighbors, landlords, and educational institutions, and a thorough check of credit, military, tax, and police records.

Applicants for an assistant district attorney position must submit the following materials to be considered for a first stage interview:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Law School Transcript: Please provide the most recent copy of your transcript. It should include your current course schedule, if applicable.
  • Statement of Interest: A 250 word answer to the question: “Why do you want to work in the Westchester County District Attorney’s office?”
  • References: We require the full name, current telephone number and email address for at least four professional references from former or current employers who have firsthand knowledge of your performance, preferably in a legal position. No more than two of your references can be from the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office.

Documents should be sent by e-mail in pdf format to First Deputy District Attorney Eileen Songer McCarthy at emccarthy@westchesterda.net.

All interviews are conducted by Hiring Committee members who are experienced Assistant District Attorneys. You will be given the name of your two interviewers at the time of your interview. Interviews are approximately thirty minutes long; however, applicants should plan to be in the office for at least one hour.

If a first round interview is granted, applicants will be provided with and asked to complete an Applicant Questionnaire and bring photo-identification to the interview.

If a second round interview is granted, applicants will be asked to provide a writing sample. Your writing sample should show substantial legal research and analysis. It need not be on a criminal law subject and there is no specific length requirement. However, the sample should indicate when and for whom the sample was written.  

A successful applicant will complete four rounds of interviews, the third round being with members of the Executive staff and the final interview being with the District Attorney.

Senior Criminal Investigator
The Westchester County District Attorney's Office has opportunities for experienced police officers, as defined by Article 1.20(34)(g) of the Criminal Procedure Law, to join the largest prosecutors' office in New York State north of New York City. The office endeavors to retain a complete listing of interested applicants should vacancies arise.

Investigators in the District Attorney’s Office conduct investigations to accumulate valid evidence to assist in the legal work of the office, therefore, incumbents must have thorough knowledge of procedures, methods and techniques of criminal investigation. More details are outlined in the link below.

If you are interested in applying for the position of Criminal Investigator, e-mail your resume and cover letter to Chief Criminal Investigator Matt Tormey at mtormey@westchesterda.net. Only submissions sent by e-mail will be considered.

Civil Service Career Opportunities
We are currently accepting applications for the following civil service positions:

  • No positions are currently available.

Visit Westchester County’s Current Openings for other job postings for positions in the District Attorney’s Office and throughout the county.

The District Attorney’s Office is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applicants that reflect the diversity of our community.