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    The FBI seeks experienced and highly qualified attorneys to join the Office of the General Counsel (OGC). The OGC provides legal advice to the entire FBI on a wide range of substantive issues. The OGC works closely with other offices of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and other members of the Intelligence Community. OGC also assists the FBI in forming partnerships with other federal, state, local and international agencies, as well as private-sector entities, in support of FBI operations.

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    As an Office of the General Counsel (OGC) Attorney, you will serve as legal counsel for the FBI. The FBI's OGC consists of three branches: Investigative and Administrative Law Branch, National Security and Cyber Law Branch and the Litigation Branch. Your duties and responsibilities will depend on the type of law you practice within each branch. Please visit our postings on the Department of Justice (DOJ) website: https://www.justice.gov/legal-careers to view all of our current vacancies. All three branches are currently hiring with openings in some or all of the following units: Civil Litigation Unit, Employment Law Unit, FOIA Litigation Unit, Fiscal and Contract Law Unit, Privacy and Civil Liberties Unit, Cyber Law Unit, Counterintelligence Law Unit, Counterterrorism Law Unit and the Investigative Law Unit.

    Note: Additional postings may be added to the DOJ website periodically.

    Specialized Experience - Specific to each unit. Please reference the DOJ postings above.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Travel is dependent on position.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    Conditions Of Employment

    To be eligible for this position, you:

    • Must be a U.S. citizen.
    • Must be able to obtain a Top Secret Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) clearance.
    • Must complete form FD-887, Request for Access to Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI).
    • Must complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450 annually.
    • Must pass an FBI polygraph examination.
    • Must pass an FBI-administered urinalysis drug test.
    • Must be in compliance with the FBI Employment Drug Policy:
      • No use of marijuana within the last three years.
      • No use of any other illegal drug in the past 10 years.
      • No selling, distributing, manufacturing or transporting of any illegal drugs.
      • No use of a prescription drug or a legally obtainable substance in a manner for which it was not intended within the last three years.
    In addition, you:
    • Must never have been convicted of a felony.
    • Must not be in default on a student loan insured by the U.S. government.
    • Must be registered with the Selective Service System (males only, exceptions apply).
    Please be advised, candidates selected for this position must be DOJ-approved.


    GS-14: Applicants applying for the GS-14 must also have two and a half or more years post-JD attorney experience.
    GS-15: Applicants applying for the GS-15 must also have four or more years of post-JD attorney experience.


    Applicants must possess a JD degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association (or have an LLM (Master of Laws) degree or other graduate law degree in addition to a JD) and be an active member of the bar (in any U.S. jurisdiction).

    Additional information

    The FBI is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for this vacancy. Except where otherwise provided by law, selection will be made without regard to, and there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, parental status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, age, sex, sexual orientation, membership or nonmembership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other nonmerit factors.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    All applicants are evaluated on Core Competencies of collaboration, communication, flexibility/adaptability, initiative, interpersonal ability, leadership, organizing/planning and problem solving/judgment.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Drug test required


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    Required Documents

    To apply for any of these positions, you must provide a complete application package that includes the following REQUIRED documents:

    • Your resume and cover letter.
    • A writing sample, not to exceed 10 pages.
    • Proof of current and active bar association membership.*
    • Photocopy of law school transcripts.*
    • Current SF-50 (if external government employee).
    * Current FBI-OGC Assistant General Counsels (AGCs) do not need to provide law school transcripts or proof of bar association membership. NO EXTENSIONS WILL BE GRANTED FOR REQUIRED DOCUMENTS.

    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.

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    How to Apply

    To submit your application please follow the steps under the How to Apply section of each job posting at: https://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/vacancies?position=All&tid=227&practice_area=All&field_va_location_administrative_area=All.

    Agency contact information

    OGC Jobs


    Federal Bureau of Investigation
    935 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
    Washington, DC 20535
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    The FBI's mission is to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States. We employ 36,000 people at locations around the globe. In addition to our Headquarters in Washington, D.C., we have 56 Field Offices in major U.S. cities, plus more than 350 satellite offices, called resident agencies, in cities and towns across the nation. In addition, we have more than 60 international offices, called legal attachés (legats), in U.S. embassies worldwide.

    The FBI places a high value on diversity of experiences and perspectives and encourages applications from all qualified men and women from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, veterans, LGBT individuals and persons with disabilities.

    Next steps

    Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications. The most competitive candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. You will be notified of your status throughout the process.

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 to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • 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.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/550473400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.