Job Overview

Summary

About the Agency

The Congressional Research Service (CRS), American Law Division, is seeking a Legislative Attorney to provide analysis of legal questions that emerge from the work of Congress related to environmental law in particular and American public law generally. This is a non-litigating position that emphasizes qualifications and interest in legal research and writing in a public service legislative context. Candidates with research experience in and a broad general knowledge of legal issues regarding the environment in particular and American public law in general, who demonstrate strong research, writing, and oral communication skills, and who possess a portfolio of high quality legal analytical writing are encouraged to apply.

The primary focus of this position is the broad area of environmental law. However, given the relatively small staff of the American Law Division and the breadth of issues the Division covers for Congress, candidates must also be capable of working in a number of different areas of the law and have the intellectual curiosity to seek out and maintain a broad portfolio of legal issues. In addition to experience with environmental law, applicants should have knowledge of administrative law, constitutional law, and budget and appropriations.

The Legislative Attorney prepares objective, non-partisan analytical studies and descriptive and background memoranda and reports on legal issues of national significance; provides personal consultation and assistance to congressional committees, Members, and staff on legal issues throughout the legislative process; and participates in or leads team research projects and seminars. The Legislative Attorney is expected to develop over time the skills necessary to provide legal analysis and consultation to congressional committees, Members, and staff at increasingly sophisticated levels.

CRS works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS has been a valued and respected resource on Capitol Hill for nearly a century.

CRS is well known for analysis that is authoritative, confidential, objective, and nonpartisan. Its highest priority is to ensure that Congress has immediate access to the nation's best thinking on legal and public policy issues of interest to its Members and Committees.

Duties

Prepares probing and innovative written legal analyses, arguments, briefs, or other analytical documents that relate complex variables within the attorney's specialized field of law to the development, interpretation, or implementation of important public policies.

Provides congressional staff with consultations and oral briefings that clarify legal questions, identify and discuss legal options, and inform congressional staff of CRS informational and analytical capabilities within the scope of the attorney's subject areas.

Prepares authoritative descriptive and background reports, memoranda, bill digests, surveys of laws, comparisons of laws and bills, and other types of written responses for congressional committees, Members, and staff that are characterized by substantical breadth and depth and that cover all pertinent factors and relationships.

Advises and assists other legislative attorneys and analysts and specialists through provision of legal analysis and information in support of their service to Congress.

Prepares and delivers oral presentations at CRS seminars and other outreach programs.

In response to congressional inquiries, locates, organizes, summarizes, and interprets legal information and other pre-existing legal materials, on difficult or misunderstood policy issues through research, including search of the reference collections and databases of CRS, the Library, other institutions or through contacts and networking with Executive Branch officials or other professionals in the field.