Job Overview


Are you interested in a rewarding and challenging opportunity? Join the U.S. Department of Justice!

The Civil Rights Division (Division) is primarily responsible for enforcing federal statutes and executive orders that prohibit, among other things, unlawful discrimination in education, employment, housing, police services, public accommodations and facilities, voting, and federally funded and conducted programs. The laws that the Division enforces also prohibit conduct by law enforcement agencies, as well as conditions in public residential institutions, such as health care and correctional facilities, that violate the constitution.

The Educational Opportunities Section (EOS or Section) enforces civil rights laws to prevent discrimination against students at every stage of their education on the basis of race, national origin, sex, disability, religion, and gender identity. Our work includes investigations, litigation, negotiated settlements, amicus and statement of interest briefing, and a broad spectrum of advocacy on behalf of students, independently and in coordination with other federal agencies, including the Department of Education. The Section can directly enforce Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974 (EEOA), and Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Section also can enforce other statutes such as Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act if the Department of Justice provides financial assistance to the school or upon referral from other federal agencies. The Section may intervene in private suits alleging violations of education-related anti-discrimination statutes and the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution. The Section also represents the Department of Education in lawsuits. EOS attorneys enjoy a diverse practice before federal district courts throughout the country, often with complex trials and negotiated settlements.


The Division is seeking experienced attorneys for uncompensated Special Attorney employment in the Educational Opportunities Section. The core duties include developing investigations, negotiations, and litigation addressing all aspects of the EOS enforcement duties.