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.
 

 

 

Attorneys


 

 
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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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12-17 Attorney-Advisor5/25/2017Naval Facilities Engineering Command Marianas (NAVFAC Marianas), GuamGS-11/12/13/14
Attorney-Advisor
Please Note the Following:

1. The President has ordered a government-wide hiring freeze subject to certain limited exceptions. This position is subject to the hiring freeze. Although we are moving forward with the consideration of candidates, we will not make a selection for this vacancy announcement unless and until the position is no longer subject to the hiring freeze.

2. If you previously applied for this vacancy, you do not have to reapply, but you must inform the POC below of your continued interest in the position.

The primary duties of this position will involve acquisition law, environmental law, and to a lesser extent, real estate law and civilian personnel. Duties also likely will involve cybersecurity, third-party financed energy projects, utilities law where some actions may be before the Guam Public Utilities Commission, safety law including explosives safety, labor law, litigation, ethics/standards of conduct, personal property accountability, data rights, international law and interagency support agreements.
28-17 Assistant Counsel (Environmental)5/31/2017Naval Facilities Engineering Command Atlantic (NAVFAC Atlantic), Norfolk, VAGS-13/14
Assistant Counsel (Environmental)
A vacancy is anticipated in August 2017 for an attorney to serve as an Assistant Counsel in the Office of Counsel, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Atlantic (NAVFAC Atlantic) in Norfolk, Virginia.

The principal duties of the attorney selected for this position will be to provide legal support in the area of environmental law. Real estate will be a secondary focus of the position. However, the selectee may also be assigned duties in the other practice areas noted above as the needs of the office may require. Periodic travel may be required.
30-17 5/30/2017Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division, Dahlgren, VAGS-11/12/13/14/15
Assistant/Associate Counsel
This is a new position. With the addition of this position, the NSWC Dahlgren Office of Counsel will employ six attorneys and two paralegal assistants. This office has a varied workload covering nearly the full range of OGC practice, with emphasis on federal acquisition law, civilian personnel, labor law, and intellectual property law.

The successful candidate for the Assistant Counsel position will be expected to practice primarily in acquisition law, but will also provide some legal services in the areas of ethics and standards of conduct, the Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act, civilian personnel law (CPL), fiscal law and environmental law.
32-17 Assistant/Associate CounselNew6/2/2017Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), Washington Navy Yard, DCGS-14/15
Assistant/Associate Counsel
Applicants who previously applied for this position under Vacancy Record # 125-16 need not reapply. All applications will be considered.

The responsibilities of this senior non-supervisory position include serving as the lead attorney assigned to NGEN-R efforts, advising clients primarily on acquisition-related matters including competitive source selections; responding to bid protests; contract administration, interpretation and modification; review of Major Automated Information System (MAIS) program documentation; and responses to Congressional, Government Accountability Office, Inspectors General, and Naval Audit Service inquiries/audits. The successful applicant will also provide advice in the areas of fiscal law, ethics/standards of conduct, data rights, and other areas of OGC practice as necessary. This position is co-located with PMW 205, separate from the rest of the attorneys supporting PEO EIS, so the incumbent will be expected to operate independently with minimal supervision.
33-17 Assistant/Associate CounselNew6/2/2017Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), Washington Navy Yard, DCGS-14/15
Assistant/Associate Counsel
Applicants who previously applied for this position under Vacancy Record # 114-16 need not reapply. All applications will be considered.

The responsibilities of this non-supervisory position include advising clients 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 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. The selected applicant may also provide advice on ethics/standards of conduct and fiscal law or other areas within the DON OGC’s areas of practice.
34-17 Assistant/Associate CounselNew6/2/2017Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), San Diego, CAGS-11/12/13/14/15
Assistant/Associate Counsel
Applicants who previously applied for this position under Vacancy Record # 108-16 need not reapply. All applications will be considered.

The responsibilities of this non-supervisory position include advising clients 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 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. The selected applicant may also provide advice on ethics/standards of conduct and fiscal law or other areas within the Department of the Navy (DON) OGC’s areas of practice.
35-17 Assistant CounselNew5/31/2017Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center Pearl Harbor (FLCPH), HIGS-12/13/14
Assistant Counsel
The NAVSUP FLC Pearl Harbor Office of Counsel is comprised of the Counsel, one Assistant Counsel, and a paralegal. The practice primarily involves acquisition law, but the successful candidate will provide advice in virtually all areas of OGC practice including ethics, fiscal law, land use, environmental law, Freedom of Information/Privacy Act, inter- and intra-service support agreements, civilian personnel law, litigation, and fraud programs. The Assistant Counsel may be required to perform occasional temporary duty at locations other than Pearl Harbor.
36-17 Associate CounselNew6/6/2017Office of Naval Research (ONR), Arlington, VAGS-14/15
Associate Counsel
The incumbent serves as an Associate Counsel in the General Law Section specializing in Acquisition and Procurement. The General Law Section comprises a staff of seven attorneys who provide support on business and commercial matters, particularly with respect to contracts and assistance agreements. In addition, the General Law Section works closely with the office’s Intellectual Property Section attorneys and staff on business-related
intellectual property issues such as technology transfers, contract data rights and related litigation. The incumbent reports to the Supervisory Associate Counsel, General Law Section.
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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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