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
75-17 Assistant Counsel9/11/2017Commander, Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia (CNREURAFSWA), Naples, ItalyGS-13/14
Assistant Counsel
This position is located in a fast-paced and dynamic overseas environment that will require an attorney who has the ability to concurrently handle multiple issues, which touch upon a diverse range of legal and business disciplines. Practice areas include the full range of OGC practice, including business and commercial law; civilian personal law (appropriated, non-appropriated, and foreign nationals); real and personal property; fiscal law; morale, welfare and recreation; and international agreements, with emphasis on labor, employment and civilian personnel law. The incumbent devotes significant time advising the Commanding Officer, Naval Support Activity, Naples, Italy, and occasional travel in support of projects and clients at various CNREURAFSWA sites may be required.
76-17 Assistant Counsel (Land Use and Environment)9/11/2017Office of Counsel for the Commandant, United States Marine Corps, Pentagon, Washington, DCGS-14
Assistant Counsel (Land Use and Environment)
Under the supervision of the Associate Counsel (Land Use and Environment), the Assistant Counsel provides legal and policy advice to Marine Corps Installation Command (MCICOM) leadership and staff, primarily in the areas of real property management (acquisition, use and disposal), environmental planning (NEPA, ESA and NHPA compliance), environmental compliance, encroachment prevention, and utility/energy issues. The selected attorney also provides advice on legislative initiatives and congressional RFIs, privatized housing issues, and military construction issues; regularly assists field and regional counsel in dealing with specific land use and environmental issues and engages with other federal agencies on land use and environmental matters affecting USMC installations and training ranges. In short, the Assistant Counsel deals with the full range of legal issues arising from the management and use of USMC installations, facilities and ranges.
80-17 General Attorney Advisor9/25/2017Office of Counsel, Naval Air Systems, Patuxent River, MarylandGS-11/12/13/14/15
General Attorney Advisor
Program attorneys practice law predominantly in the area of federal procurement and manage extensive and
challenging acquisition portfolios, including major weapons systems that are critical to the future of the
Department of the Navy. These are often the subject of intense interest in the Department of the Navy
Secretariat, the Department of Defense, and the Congress. The successful applicant will counsel clients on the
full range of government acquisition-related issues, including the preparation and review of acquisition strategies
and other elements of acquisition planning; solicitations, contracts, modifications and other contractual
documents; competitive source selections; life-cycle logistics support; contract disputes, claims and terminations;
and responses to Government Accountability Office protests and other litigation related to assigned programs.
Further, the incumbent must provide legal advice on questions of fiscal law, and interpret applicable statutes,
regulations, and policy guidance. The incumbent may also address other practice areas within the NAVAIR
Office of Counsel: e.g., environmental law, Freedom of Information Act law, ethics, and civilian personnel law.
The ability to forge strong working relationships with attorneys and clients alike is essential for program
81-17 BRAC Attorney9/25/2017Office of Counsel, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, San Diego, CaliforniaGS-14
BRAC Attorney
The NAVFAC SW Office of Counsel is comprised of 19 attorneys and two support staff and has an extremely
busy and varied workload covering the full range of OGC practice, including acquisition, environmental law,
civilian personnel and labor law, real estate, fiscal law, utilities, litigation, the Freedom of Information and Privacy
Acts, and ethics/standards of conduct. 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, federal real estate
and acquisition law. Periodic travel will be required.
This position has a full performance level of GS-14. The selected applicant must have at least three-and-one-half
years of professional, relevant legal experience.
82-17 Assistant/Associate Counsel10/9/2017Office of Counsel, Space and Naval Warfare Systems, San Diego, CaliforniaGS-11/12/13/14/15
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; 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.

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

Job Type
Primary Job Resposibilities
2-17S Legal Assistant (OA)9/19/2017Commander, Navy Region SW, San Diego, CAGS-07
Legal Assistant (OA)
The selectee for this GS 7/8 position will serve as a Legal Assistant (OA) in the Office of Counsel of Commander, Navy Region SW, San Diego, CA. The successful selectee will perform the following duties:

* Give general administrative office support to attorneys which includes filing, photocopying, scanning, faxing, and assembling general correspondence.
* Verify citations and statutory references obtained in legal documents against original sources for accuracy and compliance with the source material.
* Establish and maintain an accurate system for recording and filing all correspondence sent or received from the Legal Department.

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