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
87-17 Counsel10/23/2017Marine Corps Logistics Command (MARCORLOGCOM), Albany, GAGS-15
The incumbent will supervise seven attorneys and three support staff including three attorneys and one support staff at MCLB Barstow, CA, one attorney at the Blount Island Command in Jacksonville, FL, and three attorneys and two support staff at the main office at MCLB Albany, GA. The incumbent, in addition to supervisorial and management duties, is expected to perform the full range of OGC services including acquisition law, civilian personnel law, environmental law and land use, ethics, and all business law matters with primary emphasis in the areas of acquisition law, civilian personnel law, and environmental law. To be eligible for selection at the GS 15 level, the applicant must have five years of legal experience in relevant OGC practice areas including acquisition law, civilian personnel law, and environmental law. The incumbent will be expected to engage in a wide range of clients to include General Officers, members of the Senior Executive Service, and Commanders rendering oral advice and written legal opinions in a variety of complex legal issues; the successful applicant must possess strong communication and interpersonal skills.
88-17 Assistant Counsel10/30/2017Quantico Area Counsel Office, Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC), Quantico, VAGS-11/12/13
Assistant Counsel
The successful candidate(s) will actively engage clients as early in the acquisition processes as practicable to provide advice, recommend alternatives, and inform the clients about applicable law, regulation and policy including Secretarial acquisition initiatives such as maintaining robust competition, using appropriate contract types, and using appropriate incentive structures. The successful candidate(s) will review and evaluate proposed legislation and provide advice on their effect on the Marine Corps and Department of the Navy programs, policies, and regulation. The successful candidate(s) will advise MCSC officials on extremely complex and difficult problems with legal implications. Problems of unusual delicacy and sensitivity are common, and legal courses of action may be recommended that have major impacts on the Marine Corps or defense procurement and allied industries whose technology and economic position affects the health and stability of the national economy and national defense.
89-17 Assistant Counsel10/23/2017Marine Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC), Twentynine Palms, CAGS-14
Assistant Counsel
The Office of Counsel, MCAGCC, MAGTFTC, is responsible for the full range of Department of the Navy OGC legal services, with special emphasis on civilian personnel law, environmental law, procurement and ethics. The successful candidate will ideally have significant legal experience in civilian personnel and labor law and at least one or more of other Navy OGC practice areas, as well as the demonstrated ability to work with senior military 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 fiscal 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.
90-17 Assistant Counsel10/30/2017Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY), Portsmouth, VAGS-11/12/13
Assistant Counsel
This is a re-advertisement of Personnel Notice 78-17. Applicants who previously applied for PN 78-17, will be reconsidered and need not reapply.

The successful candidate for the Assistant Counsel position will be expected to practice primarily in civilian personnel and labor law and/or acquisition law, but is also expected to provide some legal services in the other areas identified above. The Assistant Counsel position will be filled at the GS-11, GS-12, or GS-13 level, and the position will have promotion potential to the GS-14 level.
92-17 Assistant Counsel10/26/2017Military Sealift Command (MSC), Norfolk, VAGS-11/12/13
Assistant Counsel
The incumbent is expected to be responsible for matters that fall within the traditional Department of the Navy OGC areas of practice, with an emphasis on acquisition and acquisition-related litigation. The successful candidate is expected to render legal advice and assistance, perform legal research, and represent MSC in a broad range of legal issues related to acquisition matters. The attorney selected for this position will work with technical representatives, contracting officers and specialists, and may be asked to provide support in other OGC practice areas, including but not limited to: ethics, fiscal, command investigations, admiralty and maritime law.
93-17 Associate Counsel (Acquisition)10/27/2017Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), Washington Navy Yard, Washington, DCGS-15
Associate Counsel (Acquisition)
The principal duties of the attorney selected for this positon will be in the areas of acquisition and fiscal law.  These duties will include advising Headquarter clients on particular acquisition and fiscal law matters requiring headquarter’s attention, as well as general policy matters in these areas to include contracts for military construction, facilities maintenance, architect/engineer services, base operations and support services, and energy and utility services; intra- and inter-governmental procurement; labor and economic preferences; bid protests and contract disputes associated with the above; and related issues of fiscal law. Additionally, the incumbent will be expected to assist field counsel on novel or complex matters involving acquisition and fiscal law matters and coordinate policy and other developments in assigned areas, to include appropriate liaison with attorneys across the Department of Navy, Department of Defense, and other federal agencies.
94-17 Assistant Counsel10/25/2017Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF), Bremerton, WAGS-11/12/13/14
Assistant Counsel
The PSNS & IMF Office of Counsel consists of a Counsel, Deputy Counsel, seven Assistant Counsels, and three administrative assistants. The Office of Counsel, PSNS & IMF, has a varied workload covering the full range of OGC practice, with emphasis on civilian personnel/employment and labor law in the federal sector (hereafter referred to as CPL), federal acquisition law, and environmental law. The successful candidate will be expected to assume a busy CPL workload, but will also handle issues covering the full range of OGC practice areas.

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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