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
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.
115-18 Patent Attorney11/9/2018San 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.
116-18 Deputy Counsel11/13/2018Charleston, 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.
119-18 Senior Environmental Attorney11/18/2018Joint 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.
124-18 Assistant/Associate Counsel (Civilian Personnel Law)11/16/2018AGC 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.
126-18 Trial Attorney/Senior Trial Attorney 11/30/2018Washington Navy Yard, DCGS-13/14/15
Trial Attorney/Senior Trial Attorney
The incumbent will principally represent the Department of the Navy before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals. The incumbent will also assist the Department of Justice in matters filed against the Department of the Navy in the Court of Federal Claims or other federal courts and may be assigned to other matters as the needs of the office require. The cases may involve hundreds of millions of dollars or have critical impacts on the mission of the Department.
128-18 Assistant Counsel11/20/2018Bremerton, WAGS-11/12/13/14
Assistant Counsel
 The Office has a varied workload covering the full range of OGC practice, with emphasis on civilian personnel and labor law, federal acquisition law, litigation, environmental law, fiscal law, standards of conduct, ethics, Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act matters. The selected applicant will be expected to provide legal support in the above described OGC practice areas, with an emphasis on civilian personnel and labor law (CPL), including litigation at the Merit Systems Protection Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, federal district court, and union grievance arbitrations.
129-18 Civilian Personnel Law Attorney11/13/2018Washington Navy Yard, DCGS-13/14/15
Civilian Personnel Law Attorney
The primary responsibility of this position will be to provide advice and representation in all areas of civilian personnel law, including matters pertaining to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), federal court litigation, labor law matters, disciplinary actions, performance appraisals, and requests for reasonable accommodation. This position may also be responsible for providing advice regarding: Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); Privacy Act; ethics/standards of conduct; and fiscal law.
130-18 Assistant Counsel - BRAC Attorney11/20/2018San Diego, CAGS-14
Assistant Counsel - BRAC Attorney
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 law and federal real estate law.

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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