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Job Title:  General Attorney
Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Job Announcement Number:  OPLA-FLO-1084193

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$50,790.00 to $111,203.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, April 09, 2014 to Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
Many vacancies in the following location(s):
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More Locations  (6)
United States Citizens


Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

This is a key position within the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ICE utilizes the government's second largest cadre of law enforcement officers to ensure our nation's economic, transportation and infrastructure security. ICE enforces immigration and customs laws. Our talented and courageous workforce identifies criminal activities and eliminates vulnerabilities that pose a threat to our nation's borders.

ICE is the primary investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). With more than 19,000 employees in 400 offices around the world, ICE is a key component of the DHS layered defense approach to protecting our nation. For additional information about ICE and career opportunities go to

This announcement will be used to fill vacancies within the Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA) Field Offices. Although the announcement is advertised for multiple locations, it is not intended to convey any implication that these positions are vacant and will be filled at all locations. In some cases, advertised duty locations will not have a vacancy during the open period of this announcement. The selecting official will make the final decision on the duty location selectee(s) will be assigned.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses will not be paid.

Note: One or more positions may be filled using this vacancy announcement.

This is a bargaining unit position.

Please note that due to the high volume of inquiries and requests, we will return your voice message(s) as time permits.

If you have questions in regards to this application please contact 


  • Not Required


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Ability to pass background investigation and drug screen for fed employment
  • Selective Service registration for males born after 12/31/1959
  • Relevant Experience (see Qualifications and Evaluations Tab)
  • Complete Application Package (see How to Apply Tab)


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The Office of the Principal Legal Advisor of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is seeking an attorney for the offices listed in this advertisement. ICE is the investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security, and our attorneys help enforce the immigration and customs laws of the United States. The responsibilities of the position consist primarily of representation of the government in removal proceedings before Immigration Judges, frequently involving applicants for asylum or for other relief under the U.S. immigration laws. Additional duties include providing legal advice and support to the other ICE components and litigation support to U.S. Attorneys' Offices in immigration and/or customs matters. The position also involves appellate advocacy before the Board of Immigration Appeals, including the preparation of briefs and other pleadings. Some travel may be required.


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Applicants must be a graduate of a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association and an active member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Applicants with fewer than five (5) years of legal experience must submit a copy of their law school transcript and grade point average or class ranking as part of the application package.

Educational Requirements:

Applicants must possess a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from an American Bar Association (ABA)-accredited law school. If you have less than five (5) years practicing law, you must submit a copy of your transcripts to prove that you possess a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from an American Bar Association (ABA)-accredited law school. Failure to submit transcripts will result in you receiving an ineligible rating.

NOTE: Transcripts must be submitted to verify that you meet the educational requirement for applicants with less than five (5) years of experience practicing as an attorney. Others should identify the law school from which they graduated, the year they graduated, and the year they were first admitted to a bar.

Qualifications by Closing Date: Unless otherwise noted, you must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements by 11:59 P.M. Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of the announcement, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Please note that qualification claims will be subject to verification.




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DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; transportation subsidies; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to and select "benefits".


This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive service.

Travel: This position may require you to travel.

Promotion Potential: When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval. If you are selected at a grade lower than the highest shown in this announcement, you will be placed under a career development plan and can be non-competitively promoted when you successfully complete the requirements for the higher grade.

Probationary Period:  New attorneys to the Federal government will be required to serve a trial period of up to two (2) years.

All agency employees are required to participate in Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer for salary payments.

Important! All the information you provide may be verified by a review of the work experience and/or education as shown on your application forms, by checking references and through other means, including the interview process. This verification could occur at any stage of the application process. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for rating you ineligible, not hiring you, or for firing you after you begin work.


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Your Résumé
2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (Eastern Standard Time) on Wednesday, April 23, 2014

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 
Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.;

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 1084193.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire,
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


In addition to completing an on-line questionnaire and submitting an on-line resume, the following supporting documents must be received by the closing date of this announcement.

Transcripts: You must submit a copy of your transcripts to prove that you possess a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from an American Bar Association (ABA)-accredited law school if you have less than 5 years of experience as a practicing attorney.

Bar Membership: You must submit proof of your current membership (card or other documentary evidence). This documentation must be submitted with your application package. You must also submit a letter or certificate of good standing dated within 60 days of the application deadline.

Writing Sample: A writing sample must be submitted as part of your application package. It must not exceed ten (10) double-spaced pages.

Cover Letter: You must submit a cover letter detailing the skills, legal experience, and interests that qualify you for the position with your application package. It must contain the following information:

  • your full name;
  • home address;
  • home and work e-mail addresses;
  • home, work, and cell telephone numbers;
  • name of law school, year of graduation, and year admitted to the bar.

If you are a current or former Federal employee, please provide a copy of your SF-50 or equivalent.

It is your responsibility to verify that information is entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., résumé, veterans documentation, completed assessment, and SF-50) is received an accurate.

Applications and supporting documentation will not be accepted by mail or email. If you are unable to apply on-line, please contact the individual listed on this announcement at least one day prior to the closing date for further instructions. You may apply more than once; however, only your most recent application will be used.

You must submit all required information by the closing date. If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible. Also if you do not provide an email address, you will not be notified of the outcome of your application.


Wanda J. Johnson
Phone: (214)905-5311
Agency Information:
Office of the Principal Legal Advisor
7701 N Stemmons Freeway
8th Floor
Dallas, TX


We expect to make a selection within 90 days of the closing date of this announcement. All qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and a possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted. If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation

Additional Duty Location Info

Many vacancies in the following locations:
Los Angeles, CA View Map
San Francisco, CA View Map
New Orleans, LA View Map
Newark, NJ View Map
Las Vegas, NV View Map
Buffalo, NY View Map
New York, NY View Map
Memphis, TN View Map
Houston, TX View Map
Salt Lake City, UT View Map
Arlington, VA View Map

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