Civilian Careers at the Department of Navy, Office of the General Counsel
The Department of the Navy Office of the General Counsel (DON OGC) is a world-class legal organization, composed of talented, trained, and dedicated professionals, working together to aid our clients in achieving the DON's mission.  We are see​king attorneys and support staff with diverse experiences and backgrounds, with strong legal skills, that share in our dedication to public service to support the Department of the Navy's mission.
DON OGC is committed to equal employment opportunity in our hiring process. We actively seek qualified applications among women and minority law students and attorneys, and make offers to comparably qualified applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, political affiliation, or marital status.





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DON OGC hires attorneys at all levels of experience from recent law school graduates to individuals with many years of experience.  Our attorneys can be licensed in any state, territory, or the District of Columbia.  We have attorneys from 175 law schools currently represented in our ranks.  DON OGC has an extremely diverse practice including: Government ContractsEmployment/LaborComplex LitigationIntellectual PropertyGovernment EthicsReal EstateFiscal, as well as other more specialized areas. 

Minimum Qualifications:  DON OGC seeks attorneys with diverse backgrounds, who like a challenge, and welcome immediate responsibility. Our job announcements provide information regarding specific qualifications, but we generally seek the following: 

  • A strong academic record or proven employment record
  • Good research and writing skills
  • Talent for building client relationships
  • An interest in serving our nation as a civilian attorney


Salary Information:  Attorneys are hired at the GS-11 pay grade (or equivalency) through GS-15 grade (or equivalency). The pay offered will be based upon the successful applicant's qualifications and funding availability.  To be eligible for selection at the GS-11 level, the applicant must have one year of relevant experience in the OGC practice area cited in the announcement. To be eligible for selection at the GS-12 level, the applicant must have two years of experience in an OGC practice or one year of experience plus an LLM. To be eligible for selection at the GS-13 level, the applicant must have in excess of two years of experience in an OGC practice area.  To be eligible for selection at the GS-14 level, the applicant must have a minimum of three and one-half years of experience in an OGC practice area.  To be eligible for selection at the GS-15 level, the applicant must have a minimum of five and a half years of experience in an OGC practice area.​


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 DON OGC Attorney Vacancies

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Primary Job Resposibilities
39-18 Assistant/Associate Counsel5/4/2018Naval Surface Warfare Center, Philadelphia Division, PAGS-11/12/13/14/15
Assistant/Associate Counsel
The NSWC Philadelphia Division Office of Counsel is currently comprised of six attorneys, and two paralegals. The office has a varied workload covering nearly the full range of OGC practice, with emphasis on federal acquisition law, civilian personnel law (CPL), labor law, litigation, and intellectual property law.
41-18 Assistant Counsel/Associate Counsel5/2/2018Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SPAWARSYSCEN) Atlantic, Charleston, SCGS-13/14/15
Assistant Counsel/Associate Counsel
This non-supervisory position will provide support to SPAWARSYSCEN Atlantic in all areas of OGC practice, with an emphasis on civilian personnel law (CPL). The incumbent serves as a legal advisor to SPAWARSYSCEN management and Human Resources on civilian personnel matters and provides advice and representation in all areas of CPL, including matters pertaining to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), federal court litigation, labor law matters, disciplinary actions, performance appraisals and requests for reasonable accommodation. The selected attorney may also provide support in the areas of ethics/standards of conduct, Freedom of Information Act, Privacy Act, information security, and fiscal law. The selected attorney may also assist with JAGMAN investigations and responses to Congressional, Government Accountability Office, Naval Audit Service and Inspector General inquiries, as required. The successful candidate will be expected to travel occasionally, particularly to New Orleans, LA; Norfolk, VA and Washington, DC.
42-18 Associate Counsel5/7/2018Quantico Area Counsel Office (QACO), Quantico, VAGS-14
Associate Counsel
The successful candidate for this Associate Counsel position will be expected to concentrate primarily on Federal acquisition law and fiscal law, but may also be called upon to provide legal services in other OGC practice areas, including but not limited to, ethics/standards of conduct, and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act related to acquisition matters. The responsibilities of this non-supervisory position includes advising clients and rendering legal opinions on a variety of Federal acquisition law-related matters to include: contractual interpretation; drafting and reviewing contractual modifications; contract disputes and claims; responding to bid protests; drafting and reviewing solicitations, acquisition strategy and planning documents, as well as other acquisition-related documents; competitive and sole source selections; statutory interpretation; and preparing or reviewing responses to Congressional, Government Accountability Office (GAO), Inspectors General, and Naval Audit Service requests, as may be required. On cases delegated for trial by the Office of Counsel for the Commandant, OGC, the successful candidate will represent the Marine Corps before administrative forums such as the GAO and Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA), and will participate in complex negotiations with contractors, subcontractors, and their attorneys, on legal matters arising in connection with acquisitions.
44-18 Attorney-Advisor4/24/2018Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Headquarters, Stafford, VAGS-15
The incumbent serves as a Staff Attorney within the NCIS Office of Counsel, with continuing responsibility for providing legal counsel primarily in the area of national security law. Additional responsibilities are in the areas of criminal law and military justice, procurement law, employment and equal opportunity law, and administrative law.  The incumbent also has responsibility for numerous special projects and assignments within the overall responsibility of the NCIS Counsel, to include duties as directed by higher authority.

The incumbent provides legal advice and counsel to senior NCIS officials on investigations and operations relating to national security, specifically to the Director, the Director’s staff, and senior managers within the National Security Directorate and the Global Operations Directorate. Principal areas of practice will include counterintelligence, intelligence oversight, and cyber operations. The incumbent provides legal advice and counsel on substantive and procedural criminal law issues, as it relates to national security matters. The incumbent provides legal advice on matters arising in the adjudication of employee security clearances and the underlying background investigations. The incumbent reviews proposed legislation, rules, regulations, and instructions impacting NCIS operations and interests and provides legal advice and recommendations. The incumbent performs other duties as assigned.
45-18 Counsel, Deputy Commandant (Manpower & Reserve Affairs)New5/7/2018Manpower and Reserve Affairs, (M&RA), U.S. Marine Corps, Quantico, VAGS-15
Counsel, Deputy Commandant (Manpower & Reserve Affairs)
The Office of Counsel, M&RA, is responsible for the full range of Navy OGC legal services, with special emphasis on civilian personnel law and ethics. The successful candidate will have significant experience in one or more of these areas, as well as significant supervisory experience, the demonstrated ability to work with general officer and Senior Executive Service (SES) clients, as well as senior military and civilian clients, and the ability to maintain cooperative relationships with senior staff members in a dynamic organization. The office also provides legal services in the areas of procurement law, standards of conduct, FOIA/Privacy Act, audits and investigations, non-appropriated funds, and other general business law matters. The duties of this position require occasional travel.
46-18 Associate CounselNew5/2/2018Navy Region Europe Africa Southwest Asia (CNREURAFSWA), Rota, SpainGS-15
Associate Counsel
This position is located in a fast-paced and dynamic overseas environment requiring an attorney who has the ability to concurrently handle multiple issues touching upon a diverse range of legal and business disciplines. The incumbent is a member of the CNREURAFSWA Office of Counsel staff, reporting to the CNREURAFSWA Region Counsel. The incumbent can anticipate being called upon to provide legal services in most areas of the OGC practice, including appropriated and non-appropriated fund contracts and civilian personnel matters; Morale, Welfare and Recreation; housing; environmental; fiscal; ethics/standards of conduct; FOIA/Privacy Act; and administrative law. The primary emphasis will be on legal matters arising out of the operation and management of the Navy’s shore infrastructure and U.S. and non-U.S. civilian workforce in Spain. This entails understanding the U.S. Forces relationship with Spain and the rights and responsibilities outlined in the Agreement on Defense Cooperation between the Kingdom of Spain and the United States of America. The complexity of the practice is further impacted by significant questions of international law (especially international business and labor transactions) and a variety of sensitive political considerations. The incumbent will supervise one Spanish National attorney.

Law Students

2006 Summer Law Students​​
The DON OGC Summer Law Clerk Program is an exciting way to spend your summer.  Our program benefits include: a paid summer clerkship; an assigned mentor and co-mentor; assignments in multiple legal practice areas; experience drafting legal writing samples; annual and sick leave; transportation subsidy benefits; scheduled events at the U.S. Capitol, U.S. Supreme Court, Naval Academy, and Naval Ships and Aircraft; potential for an Advance Commitment to work for OGC after law school; and exposure to DON OGC senior leadership, including members of the Senior Executive Service.  The DON OGC Summer Law Clerk Program is a civilian program seeking highly qualified law school candidates with diverse experiences and backgrounds. Students interested in participating in the DON OGC Summer Law Clerk Program should apply through their Career Development Office, or various job fairs throughout the United States.  Application materials include a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and transcript.

Minimum Requirements

  • Completed Two Years of Legal Studies
  • Currently Ranked in Top Third of Class or Membership in Law
  • Review/Law Journal or Moot Court
  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Strong Interview Skills
  • Strong Interest in Supporting our Nation's Sailors and Marines
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Support Staff

2015 Support Staff Workshop USS Truman  

​​​​DON OGC also has over 200 Support Staff, including paralegals, law clerks, management analysts, and administrative support personnel.  Support Staff are located in virtually all DON OGC offices around the world.

Our Support Staff regularly meet to share best practices, lessons learned, and to gain substantive knowledge (e.g. Freedom of Information Act, Ethics, Financial Disclosure Management, Budget Process, Executive Correspondence, etc.).  The 2015 DON OGC Support Staff Workshop was held in Norfolk, Virginia, where they toured the USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75).


 Support Staff Vacancies

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