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

 
  
  
  
  
Job Type
Primary Job Resposibilities
2-17 Deputy Counsel2/13/2017Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC), Washington Navy Yard, DCGS-15
Deputy Counsel
The focus of the CNIC OGC practice is installation law, which includes business and commercial law (including appropriated and non-appropriated fund contracts); civilian personnel law (appropriated and non-appropriated fund personnel); environmental and land use law; real and personal property law; fiscal law; community and legislative relations; military community welfare and recreation support; ethics/standards of conduct; and litigation. This position is responsible for providing or ensuring the provision of the full range of CNIC installation law practice areas. The incumbent also is the first-level supervisor of five senior associate counsel at CNIC headquarters, ten Region Counsel, and two professional staff. Further, the incumbent is responsible for al
personnel and budget matters within the office and represents the organization in the absence of Counsel, CNIC.  The position reports to Counsel, CNIC.
5-17 Senior Associate Counsel2/21/2017Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC), Naples, ItalyGS-15
Senior Associate 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 that touch upon a diverse range of legal and business disciplines. The focus of CNREURAFSWA OGC practice is installation law, which includes business and commercial law (including appropriated and non-appropriated fund contracts); civilian personnel management and discipline (appropriated and non-appropriated fund); environmental and land use law; real and personal property law; fiscal law; community and legislative relations; military community welfare and recreation support; ethics/standards of conduct; and litigation. The position reports to Region Counsel, CNREURAFSWA and is responsible for providing or ensuring the provision of the full range of the practice areas mentioned above. The incumbent also is the first-level supervisor of seven attorneys (both U.S. and foreign national) and one professional support staff personnel located in Naples, Italy; Rota, Spain; and Bahrain; manages personnel and budget matters within the office; and represents the organization in the absence of the CNREURAFSWA Region Counsel. Travel in support of projects and the missionof various CNREURAFSWA sites is required, which may include travel to Africa.
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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/