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

 
  
  
  
  
Job Type
Primary Job Resposibilities
1-19 Assistant Counsel (Acquisition Law)2/4/2019Quantico, VAGS-12/13
Assistant Counsel (Acquisition Law)
The successful candidate for this Associate Counsel position will be expected to concentrate primarily on Federal acquisition law and fiscal law, but may also be called upon to provide legal services in other OGC practice areas, including but not limited to, ethics/standards of conduct, and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act related to acquisition matters. The responsibilities of this non-supervisory position includes advising clients and rendering legal opinions 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 and sole 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. On cases delegated for trial by the Office of Counsel for the Commandant, OGC, the successful candidate will represent the Marine Corps before administrative forums such as the GAO and Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA), and will participate in complex negotiations with contractors, subcontractors, and their attorneys, on legal matters arising in connection with acquisitions.
151-18 Associate Counsel (Environmental & Real Estate)1/7/2019Quantico, VAGS-14
Associate Counsel (Environmental & Real Estate)
The successful candidate for this position will be expected to concentrate primarily on environmental and land use law, but may also be called upon to provide legal services in other OGC practice areas. Including but not limited to, Federal acquisition and fiscal law, civilian personnel law, ethics/standards of conduct and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act. With respect to environmental law, among other duties. The successful candidate will review and respond to questions relating to actions, and proposed actions of the supported Marine Corps commands involving the application of the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, Toxic Substances Control Act, Endangered Species Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, and other Federal environmental and real estate statutes and regulations. With respect to real estate law, in conjunction with attorneys representing Naval Facilities Engineering Command, the successful candidate will provide all necessary legal services involving the acquisition, management, and disposal of real property. Additionally, in support of the National Museum of the Marine Corps, located at MCJNCR-MCBQ, the successful applicant is expected to have or develop experience and skills in a broad range of legal disciplines specific to the operation of Federal museums and preservation of historic assets, including fiscal law with an emphasis on receipt and use of gifts, volunteer services, and other funding arrangements with tax-exempt support and fund raising foundations; and historic preservation law. The successful candidate will also become familiar with museum accessions, loans, donations, deaccessioning, and other disposition acts.
152-18 Associate Counsel1/7/2019Quantico, VAGS-14
Associate Counsel
The successful candidate for this Associate Counsel position will be expected to concentrate primarily on Federal acquisition law and fiscal law, but may also be called upon to provide legal services in other OGC practice areas, including but not limited to, ethics/standards of conduct, and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act related to acquisition matters. The responsibilities of this non-supervisory position includes advising clients and rendering legal opinions 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 and sole 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. On cases delegated for trial by the Office of Counsel for the Commandant, OGC, the successful candidate will represent the Marine Corps before administrative forums such as the GAO and Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA), and will participate in complex negotiations with contractors, subcontractors, and their attorneys, on legal matters arising in connection with acquisitions.
153-18 Counsel1/21/2019Lakehurst, NJGS-15
Counsel
The NAWCADLKE Counsel will be expected to perform and oversee the full range of the Department of the Navy's Office of the General Counsel (OGC) practice areas with an emphasis on federal acquisition law. Other practice areas include: civilian personnel law; FOIA/Privacy Act matters; fiscal law; ethics and standards of conduct; technical data rights; SBIR; work for private party agreements; litigation; and other administrative law matters. Along with providing advice and representing Department of Navy interests in the most complex cases and matters, the incumbent will supervise four civilian attorneys and one support staff personnel.
154-18 Counsel1/21/2019Orlando, 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.  The candidate will supervise seven civilian attorneys, one FOIA Coordinator, and one Legal Assistant.
2-19 Assistant Counsel1/22/2019Groton, CTGS-11/12/13
Assistant Counsel
The SUPSHIP Groton Office of Counsel employs a Counsel, two Assistant Counsels, and one paralegal. This office has a varied workload covering many of the DON OGC practice areas, including federal acquisition law, civilian personnel law, labor law, environmental law, litigation, fiscal law, Freedom of Information Act law, Privacy Act law, and ethics/standards of conduct. The successful applicant will be expected to support the full range of OGC practice as described above.
3-19 Assistant Counsel1/18/2019Philadelphia, PAGS-11/12/13/14
Assistant Counsel
The NAVSUP Norfolk Philadelphia Site Office of Counsel has a varied workload, with primary emphasis in federal government contract law with a focus on service contracts. Other practice areas include civilian personnel law, EEO, labor management relations, arbitration, litigation, and client counseling, as well as ethics, FOIA, and fiscal law. The successful candidate will be expected to support all of these areas.
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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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