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
130-18 Assistant Counsel - BRAC Attorney12/28/2018San Diego, CAGS-14
Assistant Counsel - BRAC Attorney
The primary purpose of this position is to support the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Project Management Office responsible for the disposal of Navy-owned properties in the United States that have been or will be closed pursuant to the BRAC process. Duties of the selected attorney will be flexible and may include real estate, environmental, contract and utilities law as well as other OGC practice areas. However, it is anticipated that that the principal practice areas will be in environmental law and federal real estate law.
134-18 Assistant/Associate Counsel 12/14/2018Port Hueneme, CAGS-11/12/13/14/15
Assistant/Associate Counsel
The successful candidate for the Assistant/Associate Counsel position will be expected to practice primarily in CPL/labor law or federal acquisition law, and also in one or more of the following practice areas: ethics and standards of conduct, the Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act, fiscal law and environmental law.
143-18 Associate Counsel12/19/2018NAVSUP, Mechanicsburg, PAGS-15
Associate Counsel
The NAVSUP Office of Counsel has a varied and complex workload covering the full spectrum of OGC practice areas including federal acquisition law, civilian personnel law, equal employment opportunity, labor management relations, arbitration, litigation, and client counseling as well as ethics, privacy, Freedom of Information and fiscal law. The successful candidate for this Associate Counsel supervisory position will be expected to support all of these areas with an emphasis in the areas of federal acquisition law, ethics, litigation, FOIA and privacy law.
147-18 Attorney-Advisor12/24/2018NAVFAC Marianas, GuamGS-11/12/13/14
The primary duties of the position will involve federal acquisition law, and to a lesser extent, fiscal, environmental, real estate, and civilian personnel law. Duties may also include cybersecurity, third-party financed energy projects, safety law including explosives safety, labor law, litigation, ethics/standards of conduct, personal property accountability, data rights, international law and interagency support agreements.
148-18 Counsel12/10/2018Port Hueneme Division, CAGS-15
The NSWC Port Hueneme Office of Counsel employs five attorneys and has a varied workload. The Counsel, NSWC Port Hueneme, will lead the office and supervise four attorneys, one paralegal assistant, and one legal assistant. The office's primary practice areas are federal acquisition law and civilian personnel law (CPL) and labor law, and the office advises on a wide range of legal issues in other OGC practice areas, including ethics and standards of conduct, fiscal law, the Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts, and intellectual property law.  In addition to managing and supervising the office, the successful candidate will be expected to carry their own significant workload in federal acquisition law and CPL.
149-18 Supervisory Attorney1/4/2019Arlington, VAGS-15
Supervisory Attorney
The attorney selected to fill this position will provide the full range of legal and business advice to the PEO (a three star billet), with a primary focus on procurement and fiscal law, major systems acquisitions, data rights, international co-operative program/foreign military sales issues and legislative/policy issues. The F-35 legal office often coordinates with attorneys and other officials in the Navy, Air Force, DoD and Department of State concerning matters of mutual interest. The F-35 Legal Department Head also will serve as a member of the NAVAIR Office of Counsel Senior Staff, and will supervise the work of five other attorneys assigned to PEO (F-35).

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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