A career as an Assistant State’s Attorney is designed for those attorneys committed to public service and the pursuit of justice. Assistant State’s Attorneys are responsible for adult prosecutions and juvenile delinquency hearings for crimes that occur in Baltimore City.
Currently, the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City fills entry level Assistant State’s Attorney positions with recent law school graduates, judicial law clerks and members of the SAO Honors Law Clerk Program. The SAO is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce.
Entry level ASAs must be members of the Maryland State Bar. The starting salary for entry level ASAs is $63,000. In addition to offering a competitive salary and benefits package, newly admitted attorneys can expect to obtain exceptional trial experience. While all ASAs serve at the pleasure of the State’s Attorney, advancement through the office is primarily based on the needs of the office, litigation skills and exhibited work ethic.
After an extensive classroom training and orientation period, newly admitted attorneys can expect to begin their career as a prosecutor in the District Court Division where they will become proficient in handling cases in Early Resolution Court, Criminal District Court and Criminal Traffic Court. While in District Court, ASAs gain experience managing large dockets, negotiating plea agreements, recommending sentences, interviewing witnesses and police officers, arguing motions to suppress, and handling misdemeanor trials. Once an attorney shows mastery of the District Court Division ASAs will typically move to the Juvenile Division where they will litigate misdemeanors and felonies. Ultimately, ASAs will transfer to the Circuit Court Division where they will begin their jury trial practice in the Misdemeanor Division. Once proficient in misdemeanor jury trials ASAs will move to the General Felony Division where they will have an opportunity to handle major felony prosecutions. Finally, more seasoned Assistant State’s Attorneys can transfer from the General Felony Division to a more specialized unit such as Major Investigations (MIU); Special Victims Unit (SVU); Police Integrity Unit (PIU); Conviction Integrity Unit; Criminal Strategies; Economic Crimes and Asset Forfeiture.
How to Apply
The SAO currently has a rolling application process. We retain a pool of eligible applicants and make offers as positions become available.To apply, interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter and transcript to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note “Entry Level ASA Position” within the subject line.