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
106-17 Assistant/Associate Counsel12/15/2017Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast (NAVFAC SOUTHEAST), Jacksonville, FLGS-12/13/14
Assistant/Associate Counsel
The successful applicant’s duties will be primarily in the area of Civilian Personnel Law and Ethics. However,
he/she may also be assigned duties in the other practice areas noted above if the need arises. Limited domestic
travel may be required.
109-17 Assistant/Associate Counsel1/2/2018Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic (SPAWARSYSCEN Atlantic), Charleston, SCGS-13/14/15
Assistant/Associate Counsel
This non-supervisory position will provide support to SPAWARSYSCEN Atlantic in all areas of OGC practice, with an emphasis on Federal Acquisition law and fiscal law, including advising clients on contractual interpretation; drafting and reviewing contractual modifications; responding to bid protests; contract disputes and claims; drafting and reviewing solicitations; acquisition strategy and planning documents and other acquisition-related documents; competitive source selections; statutory interpretation, and preparing or reviewing responses to Congressional, Government Accountability Office (GAO); Inspectors General (IG) and Naval Audit Service inquiries, as required. Knowledge of support agreements; memoranda of understanding/agreement; and Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADA) is a plus. Additionally, the selected attorney may serve as a legal advisor to SPAWARSYSCEN management and Human Resources on civilian personnel law (CPL) matters (EEOC, MSPB, labor law, etc.); as well as, provide support in the areas of ethics/standards of conduct, Freedom of Information Act, Privacy Act, and information security. The successful candidate will be expected to travel occasionally, particularly to Norfolk, VA and New Orleans, LA.
112-17 Assistant Counsel12/21/2017U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Washington, DCGS-13/14/15
Assistant Counsel
The primary purpose of the position is to provide legal advice and representation in the areas of export controls, acquisition, 10 USC 2539b agreements, and other business-related matters. Periodic travel may be required.
113-17 Assistant/Associate Counsel - Systems Section1/2/2018Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), Washington Navy Yard, DCGS-14/15
Assistant/Associate Counsel - Systems Section
The selected applicant will manage an extensive and challenging portfolio of Navy systems that are critical to the future of the Navy. The individual will counsel clients on the full range of government acquisition, including acquisition planning, source selections, contract administration, contract disputes, and protests at the Government Accountability Office and elsewhere. The individual will address questions of fiscal law and interpret legislation, regulations, and policy guidance. The ability to work on a team and forge strong working relationships with attorneys and clients is essential.
114-17 Counsel, Special Projects DivisionNew1/3/2018Special Projects Division (SPD), Joint Base, Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB), Washington, DCGS-15
Counsel, Special Projects Division
The SPD Office of Counsel is comprised of approximately 10 attorneys located in multiple locations throughout the Continental United States (CONUS) and has a robust and varied workload covering the full range of the Office of General Counsel (OGC) practice areas, including acquisition/contract law, fiscal law, civilian personnel law, ethics and standards of conduct, bid protest and national security related litigation, environmental law, intellectual property law, Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act and other information disclosure issues, and other federal non-acquisition related areas of practice.
115-17 Attorney-AdvisorNew12/22/2017Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe, U.S. Naval Forces Africa, and Commander, SIXTH Fleet (CNE-CNAC-C6F), Naples, ItalyGS-14
The Assistant Counsel will be expected to perform the full range of DON OGC practice, with an emphasis on fiscal law, acquisition, civilian personnel law, ethics and standards of conduct, agreements, and international law.  Although CNE-CNA-C6F is not a procuring activity, the Assistant Counsel will provide customary procurement assistance and be responsible for reviewing contractual implications in implementing arrangements under Status of Forces Agreements (SOFA), international Memoranda of Agreements, and other bi-lateral arrangements (e.g., acquisition and cross-servicing agreements (ACSA)), as well as EUCOM/AFRICOM taskings related to humanitarian projects and contingency operations. Of particular interest are the Command’s theater security cooperation mission and the legal ramifications of forging close working partnerships with foreign militaries, civilian agencies of the United States, international and non-governmental organizations, as well as with our traditional NATO allies. The Assistant Counsel will be an essential member of staff regional teams and assist in the planning and execution of complex and diverse operations, exercises, and projects. The attorney can anticipate that the client will seek legal counsel to deal with suddenly emerging missions, novel requirements, and unpredictable challenges in this expansive operating area. The Assistant Counsel works closely with the Fleet Judge Advocate in providing a wide spectrum of advice to support CNE-CNA-C6F operations and other assigned responsibilities.

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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