US Department of the Navy - Washington Navy Yard, DC4.3

30+ days agoFull-time$65,000 - $160,000 a year
The Navy's Office of the General Counsel (OGC) has over 140 locations around the world. To view Department of the Navy's Office of the General Counsel (OGC) current attorney vacancies please go to the OGC website at: . Please note that the OGC website lists all available attorney positions. All questions regarding vacancy announcements should be directed to the point of contact listed for the specific vacancy.

OGC consists of approximately 750 civilian attorneys, 25 uniformed Navy JAGs and Marine Corps Judge Advocates, and over 200 support staff located in 140 offices throughout the United States and overseas. These positions range from GS-11 to GS-15. Approximately 300 civilian attorneys are located in Washington D.C..

The Office of the General Counsel of the Navy provides legal advice to the Secretary of the Navy, the Under Secretary of the Navy, the Assistant Secretaries of the Navy and their staffs, and the multiple components of the Department, to include the Navy and the Marine Corps, in the obligation of an annual budget of over $160 billion and the management of over 900,000 service members and civilians. . Civilian Navy OGC attorneys help clients address legal concerns in virtually every area of the law related to business, including government contracts, public employment ethics, environmental concerns, personal and real property law, personnel law, fiscal issues, intellectual property law, litigation, legislation, cyber and intelligence law.


As an Office of General Counsel attorney:
You'll have an immediate opportunity to directly serve clients assigned to you on significant matters.
You'll be trained in the fields you practice.
You'll have a clear opportunity to advance so that your skills increase, and
You'll enjoy a sense of satisfaction from meaningful service.
Travel Required
Occasional travel - Travel is dependent upon position description and availability of funding.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential

Who May Apply
This job is open to…
United States Citizens
Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

Job family (Series)
0905 Attorney

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Conditions of Employment
Must be a US Citizen.
Males must be registered or exempt from Selective Service.
Must be determined suitable for federal employment.
Must participate in the direct deposit pay program.
May be required to successfully complete a probationary/trial period.
See special requirements section for additional requirements.
A secret or top secret security clearance is a requirement of a position with OGC. Failure to obtain and maintain the required level of clearance may result in the withdrawal of a position offer or removal. If you possess a security clearance, please indicate the level and termination date in your resume.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has not issued qualification standards for attorney positions. However, OGC sets minimum qualifications for attorney positions and sets forth these qualifications in each vacancy announcement.

The successful candidate:
Must be a U.S. citizen
Graduated with a J.D. or LL.B from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association
An active member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. Commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia
Admitted to practice before a state or federal court
Must obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance
Patent Attorneys must be members of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Organization

A secret or top secret security clearance is a requirement of a position with OGC. Failure to obtain and maintain the required level of clearance may result in the withdrawal of a position offer or removal. If you possess a security clearance, please indicate the level and termination date in your resume.
Additional information
Navy OGC welcomes applications from law students and practicing attorneys. Recent law school graduates may also apply, if the candidate has taken the bar examination and is awaiting the results.

Navy OGC recruits each year at law schools and consortiums across the country. Also, individual OGC offices often recruit through law schools in their region for local openings. We always welcome inquiries from students at other schools that we're not able to visit. Each year, a number of second-year students apply for and are selected to participate in our Summer Law Clerk Program. Our clerks have an opportunity to undertake a variety of projects and visit naval activities, such as the Naval Air Station or board a Navy ship. Each fall, a number of offers ("advance commitments") are made to third-year students who have served as summer law clerks. These "advance commitments," will begin work after they have completed law school and after taking the bar exam.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

ICTAP does not apply to Excepted Service positions.

This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Relocation expenses may or may not be authorized.

A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the selectee fails to meet the pre-employment requirements, including failure to report to any of the scheduled appointments.

The Department of the Navy uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit

How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Please review the information listed in each vacancy announcement at:

Veteran's Preference:
Department of the Navy attorney positions are in the excepted service, not the competitive civil service. There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of the Navy considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor consideration in the attorney hiring process. If you are eligible for veterans' preference in hiring, you are encouraged to include that information in your application along with the supporting documentation, e.g., SF-15, DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other supporting documentation.

Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Required Documents

Required Documents
For information on what documents to submit, please review the information listed in each vacancy announcement.

Typically the following documents are required to be submitted when applying for OGC attorney positions, however please follow all instructions on the specific vacancy announcement on the OGC website link above:

Cover letter, resume, Optional Application for Federal Employment or SF-171, Application for Federal Employment (no longer available but still accepted). If you submit a resume, it must include the employment and personal history information outlined in the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) flyer titled "Applying for a Federal Job" (OF-510).
Two legal writing samples.
Copy of law school transcript (if candidate graduated from law school within the last five years).
Two of your most recent performance appraisals, if applicable.
Names and telephone numbers of at least three references (in addition to current supervisors).
Veterans' Preference Documentation, if applicable (SF-15, DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other supporting documentation.)
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.


A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits .

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