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


 

 
2010 OGC Conference 

 
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.​

 

Want more information? Click buttons below to download our printable brochures.

 ​Career Button OGC Why Button OGC Difference Button 

 

 

Interested in a military career with the Navy JAG or Marine Corps SJA Office?
Click Here for Navy or Click Here for Marine Corps

 

 

 DON OGC Attorney Vacancies

 
  
  
  
  
Job Type
Primary Job Resposibilities
109-18 Assistant Counsel11/9/2018Portsmouth, NHGS-11/12/13/14/15
Assistant Counsel
The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Office of Counsel employs six attorneys, a paralegal and an administrative officer, and has a varied workload covering most of the DON Office of the General Counsel’s (OGC’s) practice areas with emphasis on civilian personnel and labor law, fiscal law, federal acquisition law, standards of conduct and ethics, Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act matters, and related litigation. 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 other areas identified above.
112-18 Ships Deputy Section Head10/19/2018Washington, DCGS-15
Ships Deputy Section Head
The Ships Deputy Section Head directly supervises a staff of 8 attorneys plus one reemployed annuitant and also serves as the legal advisor to the Program Executive Officer (PEO) Ships, PEO Aircraft Carriers, and PEO Submarines as well as shared responsibility for PEO Unmanned and Small Combatants (USC). The Ships Section is responsible for providing legal advice to officials within NAVSEA and its affiliated PEOs regarding all matters pertaining to the acquisition, maintenance, and disposal of U.S. Navy warships, auxiliary vessels and small boats and craft, as well as the acquisition of complex services, certain international acquisitions, and related fiscal law matters. The subjects of these procurements range from complex, high visibility ACAT I programs to more streamlined acquisitions. The Ships Deputy Section Head may be called upon not only to supervise the work of other attorneys but also to provide legal advice on all acquisition law matters to include milestone decisions for major defense systems and other acquisition programs at any level, matters of congressional or secretarial interest, legislation, source selections, protests, and industry inquiries. The Ships Deputy Section Head often coordinates with attorneys in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition), the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management & Comptroller), and the Office of Legislative Affairs, as well as with other systems commands and NAVSEA field activities, concerning matters of mutual interest. As such, the Ships Deputy Section Head must be conversant with all issues within the section.
113-18 Assistant Counsel (Temporary)10/15/2018NETC, Pensacola, FLGS-14
Assistant Counsel (Temporary)
The successful candidate will be expected to provide legal support in each of the traditional OGC practice areas with a major focus on civilian personnel, ethics, fiscal law, contract and intellectual property issues arising from NETC headquarters and subordinate training activities. Other major practice areas include litigation before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) and support to Assistant United States Attorneys representing the Navy in federal court. Additional areas of practice include miscellaneous administrative law issues that arise concerning the authority to conduct training both within and outside CONUS.  The successful candidate, moreover, will be expected to play a lead role in coordinating NETC's ethics and standards of conduct compliance program with the NETC Force Judge Advocate, NETC OGC field offices, and subordinate training and education organizations.
114-18 Assistant/Associate Counsel10/23/2018Arlington, VAGS-13/14/15
Assistant/Associate Counsel
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; DoD 5000 program requirements and documentation; statutory and regulatory interpretation; and preparing or reviewing responses to Congressional, Government Accountability Office (GAO), Inspectors General, and Naval Audit Service requests as may be required. In addition, the selected applicant will provide management advice on civilian personnel law, including advising on management inquiries, prohibited personnel practices, reasonable accommodation, performance issues, and disciplinary actions. Advising on civilian personnel law is expected to be less than 20% of the workload and the selected applicant is not expected to provide representation on civilian personnel matters. 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.
115-18 Patent Attorney10/23/2018San Diego, CAGS-11/12/13/14/15
Patent Attorney
The candidate selected for this position will provide intellectual property legal services primarily consisting of preparing, drafting, and prosecuting patent applications in the fields of mechanical and electrical engineering or computer science, along with limited counseling on intellectual property matters.
116-16 Deputy Counsel10/23/2018Charleston, SCGS-15
Deputy Counsel
The Deputy Counsel is a supervisory position that will assist in the management and support of

SPAWARSYSCEN Atlantic in all areas of OGC practice, with an emphasis on Federal Government acquisition and civilian personnel law. The selected attorney may also provide support in the areas of ethics/standards of conduct, fiscal law, Freedom of Information Act, Privacy Act, and information security. In addition, the selected attorney may assist with JAGMAN investigations and responses to Congressional, Government Accountability Office, Naval Audit Service and Inspector General inquiries, as required. In addition to traditional legal practice, the Deputy Counsel supports the Counsel in long-range planning, managing programs, preparing budgets and proposals for funding specific projects and programs.
117-18 Associate Counsel (Environmental/Real Estate)10/17/2018San Diego, CAGS-14
Associate Counsel (Environmental/Real Estate)
The Associate Counsel delivers legal services to the Command's senior clients regarding the full range of command environmental and real estate matters, including environmental cleanup and restoration, environmental compliance relating to air, water and hazardous waste, environmental planning, real property acquisition and outgrants, condemnation, and the Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) program; the Associate Counsel is the NAVFAC SW attorney primarily responsible for provision of environmental/real estate legal services to NAVFAC SW's team supporting the Marine Corps.
118-18 Environmental and Occupational Safety and Health Section Head10/30/2018Washington Navy Yard, DCGS-15
Environmental and Occupational Safety and Health Section Head
Substantive areas of practice in the environmental area include environmental compliance, environmental planning, environmental remediation, natural and cultural resources protection, regulation of nuclear materials, pollution prevention, contract review to ensure appropriate treatment of environmental matters, real property law and litigation support. Responsibilities in the occupational safety and health (OSH) area include advising on Command-wide policy, reviewing pertinent portions of contracts, and assisting field activities in the resolution of emergent OSH issues. In both the environmental and the OSH areas, the incumbent is responsible for providing timely and thorough drafting or analysis and comment on legislative and regulatory proposals.
119-18 Senior Environmental Attorney10/30/2018Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, HawaiiGS-14/15
Senior Environmental Attorney
The primary responsibility of this position will be to provide advice in the area of federal environmental law, with current emphasis on matters related to several Pacific Fleet at-sea EIS projects and technical reports, and issues associated with Defense Policy Review Initiative (DPRI) related activities in the Indo-Pacific region, to include Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Hawaii, and Australia. The incumbent will also be required to handle a wide range of legal matters and issues that may arise, including fiscal, acquisition, real estate, civilian personnel, Freedom of Information Act, Privacy Act, ethics/standards of conduct, and litigation/litigation support related to any of these practice areas.
120-18 Assistant/Associate Counsel - Systems Section10/10/2018Washington Navy Yard, DCGS-13/14/15
Assistant/Associate Counsel - Systems Section
The Systems Section is responsible for advising NAVSEA and its five affiliated Program Executive Offices primarily on acquiring weapons, communications, and other critical shipboard systems used on US Navy ships. Section attorneys are also responsible for advising on the acquisition of support service contracts, frequently under the Navy's SeaPort-e Multiple Award Contract. While the majority of the work is typically competitive, attorneys also work on sole source awards and contract administration issues, including related fiscal law issues. Procurements range from ACAT I programs to simplified acquisitions. Attorneys are expected to defend procurement decisions that are protested at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and elsewhere. Attorneys coordinate closely with other attorneys in the section and frequently work with attorneys in offices throughout the Department of the Navy.
121-18 Counsel10/19/2018NAWCTSD, Orlando, FLGS-15
Counsel
The Counsel will be expected to perform and oversee the full range of OGC practice areas with an emphasis on federal acquisition law. Other practice areas include civilian personnel law, fiscal law, ethics/standards of conduct, litigation, data rights, review of non-FAR based agreements with NAWCTSD's customers, Freedom of Information Act, and Privacy Act.
122-18 Assistant Counsel10/23/2018NAWCTSD, Orlando, FLGS-11/12/13/14/15
Assistant Counsel
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.
124-18 Assistant/Associate Counsel (Civilian Personnel Law)10/31/2018AGC INTELGS-14/15
Assistant/Associate Counsel (Civilian Personnel Law)
The primary responsibilities of this position will be to provide advice and representation in the area of Civilian Personnel Law. The incumbent will provide pre-litigation advice on matters involving employee performance, and discipline The incumbent will provide advice on human resources policy matters, provide advice to SPD’s EEO office, and advise on requests for Reasonable Accommodation. The incumbent will also litigate SPD cases before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Merit Systems Protection Board, and provide SPD Office of Counsel’s support to the U.S. Attorney’s Office and/or the Department of Justice on Civilian Personnel Law cases in United States Federal District Court. The incumbent will also provide advice on other General Law matters including Standards of Conduct, FOIA and Privacy Act; and support for administrative investigations including support to the Command Inspector General.
65-18 Assistant Counsel10/17/2018Norfolk, VAGS-14
Assistant Counsel
NOTE: This is a re-opening of Personnel Notice 65-18. If you applied previously for this position, your application will be forwarded for consideration.

When Counsel, USFF is absent, the Assistant Counsel may be required to act in his/her stead. As such, the incumbent is responsible for providing legal advice across the full range of traditional DON Office of the General Counsel practice areas including civilian personnel law, labor relations, fiscal law, acquisition law, ethics and standards of conduct, Freedom of Information and Privacy Act law, as well as litigation in those 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
 PDF IconClick here for a printable brochure about our Summer Law Clerk Program

 

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

 
  
  
  
  
Job Type
Primary Job Resposibilities
123-18 Summer Law Clerks (6 - 10 anticiapted vacancies)10/24/2018DGC's Office (Washington DC area)GS-09
Summer Law Clerks (6 - 10 anticiapted vacancies)
The Department of the Navy Office of the General Counsel (DON OGC) has anticipated vacancies for six – ten second year law students to participate in the 2019 DON OGC Summer Law Clerk program in Washington, DC. The ten-week program begins the first week of June and provides law students with the opportunity to experience the practice of law within the Department. Students will be assigned to a Navy command for the ten week program and during that time they will work with OGC attorneys on legal projects and participate in law clerk activities that highlight the legal practice of each major Navy systems command. Students will also see firsthand on command visits how DON OGC's legal work directly impacts the Sailors and Marines. Additional information about the Summer Law Clerk program can be found at http://www.secnav.navy.mil/OGC/Pages/Attorneys.aspx#student.
​ 

 
For more information on DON OGC Support Staff vacancies, please visit https://www.usajobs.gov/