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The District Attorney's Office employs a number of prosecutors within various concentrations. 

Current Opportunities

Assistant District Attorney – Seeking new and experienced attorneys

Location: Schenectady County

Description: The Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office is seeking to fill several Assistant District Attorney positions within our City Court, County Court, Grand Jury and Major Crimes Units.  Entry level candidates must be in the third year of law school and intending to seek admission to the New York State Bar.  Experienced attorneys will ideally have litigation or appellate experience, preferably in the area of criminal prosecution or defense. 

Current salary structure:

ADA I (0-1 yrs)            $71,500
ADA II  (1-3 yrs)          $82,500
ADA III (4-5 yrs)          $93,500
ADA IV (6-7 yrs)          $101,200
ADA V  (8-9 yrs)          $106,700
ADA VI (10+ yrs)         $113,300


Please send application materials including a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to the attention of:  Counsel to the District Attorney Peter H. Willis
612 State Street, Schenectady, NY 12305.

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The Schenectady County District Attorney legal intern program is also run primarily out of the appellate bureau.  Law students who are accepted into the program become an invaluable resource for the office and provide much of the research support and initial drafts for appellate briefs and other motions that are filed with the Court of Appeals, Appellate Division, and County Court.  Along with working in the appellate bureau, interns also assist prosecutors in Schenectady City Court and other local courts.  Under the program interns are also allowed, under supervision, to represent the office as attorneys in minor court proceedings and non-jury trials.  The combined focus of the legal research and writing from the appellate bureau and the practical opportunity to observe and participate in court proceedings, has given many young attorneys a strong platform to pursue careers in prosecution not only in Schenectady County, but in numerous offices throughout the State.


This volunteer program gives students an opportunity to explore careers in areas of criminal justice other than law enforcement and at the same time earn credits toward their degree. Students work directly with crime victims and assist them through the stages of the criminal justice process, and they advocate to prosecutors and law enforcement officials the needs of crime victims. Additionally, students observe firsthand how the court process is run and what the job of a prosecutor, defense attorney, and judge entails.