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.​

 

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 DON OGC Attorney Vacancies

 
  
  
  
  
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Primary Job Resposibilities
104-17 Patent Attorney12/7/2017Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD), China Lake, CAGS-11/12/13/14/15
Patent Attorney
The candidate selected for this position will provide a range of intellectual property services, including drafting and prosecuting patent applications, reviewing research publications for potentially patentable material, providing litigation support for patent infringement claims, resolving patent and copyright administrative claims, and counseling on contract and technology transfer intellectual property matters such as rights in inventions, patents, technical data, and computer software.
94-17 Assistant Counsel11/24/2017Puget 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.
SLC-18 Summer Law Clerks12/1/2017Department of the Navy, Office of General Counsel, Washington, DC metropolitan areaGS-09
Summer Law Clerks
The incumbent will perform independent legal research on questions assigned and draft memoranda on a myriad of legal questions pertaining to all aspects of OGC areas of practice noted above. The incumbent will study and analyze Federal and State statutes, regulations, court decisions, and opinions of the Comptroller General of the United States and other policies. Incumbents may also be required to trace DON and Department of Defense directives to their origin and determine their current status or applicability. The summer law clerks will report to the Assistant to the Deputy General Counsel (Personnel). For additional information about the OGC Summer Law Clerk program, please view:  http://www.secnav.navy.mil/OGC/Pages/Attorneys.aspx#student
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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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For more information on DON OGC Support Staff vacancies, please visit https://www.usajobs.gov/