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    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: http://www.secnav.navy.mil/OGC/Lists/Vacancies2/Front.aspx. 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.

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    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


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    0905 Attorney

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    Conditions Of Employment

    • Must be a US Citizen.
    • Males must be registered or exempt from Selective Service. www.sss.gov
    • 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 required. Failure to obtain and maintain the required clearance may result in the withdrawal of a position offer or removal. Show the level and termination date of your current clearance in your resume.


    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.

    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.


    This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

    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 www.dhs.gov/E-Verify.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Please review the information listed in each vacancy announcement at: http://www.secnav.navy.mil/OGC/Lists/Vacancies2/Front.aspx.

    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


    Drug test required


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    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.)

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    How to Apply

    For instructions on how to apply, please review the information listed in each vacancy announcement on the OGC website. The list of current attorney vacancies is available at: http://www.secnav.navy.mil/OGC/Pages/Attorneys.aspx

    ** Note: Resumes are not accepted via the USAJOBS website. **

    Agency contact information

    OGC Attorney Careers


    1000 Navy Pentagon
    Washington, DC 20350-1000
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    Next steps

    When the application process is complete, your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the hiring eligibility and qualification requirements listed in this announcement. You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume along with your supporting documentation to determine your level of knowledge, skill, and ability, related to the job requirements. Interviews may be conducted to determine the best qualified applicants.

    Best qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official. The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews, and once the selection is made, you will receive a notification of the decision.

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/434612600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.