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

Job Type
Primary Job Resposibilities
26-18 Assistant Counsel (General)6/22/2018Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD), Orlando, FLGS-12/13/14
Assistant Counsel (General)
The successful candidate will be expected to concentrate primarily on federal acquisition law, but will also be expected to provide legal advice across the full range of legal services handled by OGC, including fiscal law, ethics and standards of conduct, litigation, civilian personnel law, Freedom of Information Act, and review of non-FAR based agreements with NAWCTSD's customers. Because of the fast-paced acquisition environment at NAWCTSD, the successful candidate shall have at least two years of federal acquisition law experience.
57-18 Associate Counsel6/29/2018Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED), Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, CAGS-14/15
Associate Counsel
The incumbent will provide advice and training to BUMED and Human Resources (HR) personnel on adverse and corrective personnel actions, application of personnel laws and the full range of discrimination laws. The incumbent will serve as the agency representative in hearings before administrative forums, typically the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Merit System Protection Board (MSPB), state forums, and assist the Department of Justice in representing the Department of the Navy in Federal courts. While the position concentrates on civilian personnel law issues, it may also encompass the full range of Department of the Navy (DON) Office of the General Counsel (OGC) practice areas including fiscal law, ethics, federal procurement law, Freedom of Information Act and privacy law, and general administrative law. The successful candidate will have significant experience in civilian personnel law as well as excellent communication, analytical and interpersonal skills, as she/he will be called upon to gather and organize pertinent factual information quickly and be prepared to address complex civilian personnel law issues on short notice to a diverse audience including senior leaders within BUMED.
61-18 General Attorney7/3/2018Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD), China Lake, CAGS-13/14/15
General Attorney
It is anticipated that the attorney selected to fill this position will be assigned to provide legal support to a Senior Executive Service-led component of NAWCWD. Though the legal work of the position is primarily focused in the acquisition arena, the incumbent should be prepared to provide legal support across the full range of OGC practice areas. Because of the seniority of the principal client, breadth of legal responsibilities, and expected independence of the incumbent, the preference is to fill the position at the Science and Technology Reinvention Laboratory (STRL) DA-06 Pay Band (GS-14/GS-15 equivalent), but consideration will be given to experienced attorneys at the DA-05 level (GS-13 equivalent).
62-18 Assistant Counsel7/2/2018Strategic Weapons Facility, Pacific (SWFPAC), Bangor, WAGS-13/14
Assistant Counsel
The incumbent will focus most of his/her practice in the areas of civilian personnel law and ethics/Standards of Conduct. The incumbent will provide advice on employee performance, discipline, and union matters. The incumbent will also provide advice on human resources policy matters, provide advice to SSP’s EEO office, and provide advice on requests for Reasonable Accommodation. Additionally, the incumbent will litigate cases before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Merit Systems Protection Board. The incumbent will provide advice on the full spectrum of ethics/Standards of Conduct matters. As part of the general law practice, the incumbent will also provide advice on FOIA, support agreements and fiscal law matters. The incumbent will also provide advice on administrative investigations and provide support to the SSP Inspector General. Efforts in these practice areas will include the provision of legal advice, both written and oral, and communication with other federal government attorneys and members of the private bar.
63-18 Assistant Counsel6/24/2018NAVFAC Atlantic (MIDLANT), Norfolk, VAGS-12/13/14
Assistant Counsel
The successful applicant’s duties will be primarily focused in the area of government contract law, including procurement of construction, facilities maintenance, architecture/engineering and base operations services, and in the areas of real estate, environmental and civilian personnel law. Other practice areas include fiscal law, the Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act, and ethics.
64-18 General Attorney6/29/2018Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), Patuxent River, MDGS-11/12/13/14/15
General Attorney
There are multiple anticipated vacancies for attorneys within the Office of Counsel, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) at its offices located in Patuxent River, Md. The anticipated vacancies are expected to occur within the NAVAIR Headquarters Office of Counsel, the Commander, Fleet Readiness Center (COMFRC), and the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD).

Some of the anticipated vacancies fall within legal departments practicing primarily in the acquisition or civilian personnel law area, whereas others fall within departments that provide general legal services across a variety of OGC practice areas, such as, civilian personnel law and labor law, acquisition law, fiscal law, Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act Law, ethics and standards of conduct, environmental compliance, and the review of non-FAR based agreements.
65-18 Assistant Counsel6/25/2018U.S. Fleet Forces (USFF), Norfolk, VAGS-14
Assistant Counsel
The incumbent’s primary focus is support to the USFF N1, Director, Civilian Human Resources (DCHR), and Command Deputy Equal Employment Opportunity Officer (CDEEOO). DCHR and CDEEOO are lead authorities on Human Resources Management and EEO for USFF. Human Resource Management authority is exercised through three Human Resources Directors (HRDs) located in the following Fleet Human Resources Offices (FLTHROs): Fleet HRO Norfolk; Fleet HRO Norfolk Naval Shipyard; and, Fleet HRO Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

The FLTHROs provide oversight of all civilian personnel advisory services; provide personnel service for over 22,000 Navy civilian appropriated fund employees located at large, complex, multi-mission military installations, geographically dispersed throughout the continental United States and overseas; and, exercise delegated personnel management authority for all major Human Resources functions including Customer Advisor, Staffing, and Workforce Shaping, Employee/Labor Relations, Training, Classification/Compensation, EEO, Workers’ Compensation, and miscellaneous programs such as the Civilian Employee Assistance Program, Drug Free Workplace, and Quality of Work/Life.
66-18 Counsel6/25/2018NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Sigonella at the Naval Support Activity Rota, SpainGS-14
While a significant portion of the practice involves federal acquisition law, the incumbent will also advise on a wide range of legal issues in other OGC practice areas, including: fiscal law, civilian personnel law, environmental law, foreign and international law, bankruptcy law, data rights, licensing agreements, inter- and intra-service support agreements, FOIA, Privacy Act, ethics and standards of conduct, fraud programs, transportation law, resolution of audits, release of technical information, GAO protests, litigation at ASBCA courts, contract interpretation, foreign national access to sites and information, and litigation. Many of these issues arise within the context of U.S. rights and obligations under the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Status of Forces Agreement and other international and bi-lateral agreements. The NAVSUP FLC Sigonella Office of Counsel is a field office of the Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Office of Counsel.
67-18 Assistant Counsel6/25/2018NAVSUP Weapons System Support (NAVSUP WSS), Mechanicsburg, PAGS-11/12/13/14
Assistant Counsel
The NAVSUP WSS Office of Counsel has a varied and complex workload, covering the full range of OGC practice, including federal acquisition law, civilian personnel law, EEO, labor management relations, arbitration, litigation, and client counseling, as well as ethics, FOIA, and fiscal law. The successful candidate will be expected to support all of these areas. Significant weight will be given to a candidate's breadth of experience, with emphasis on experience in federal acquisition law.

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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