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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Primary Job Resposibilities
10-19 Assistant Counsel 2/25/2019NAVFACNW, Silverdale, WAGS-12/13/14
Assistant Counsel
The primary purpose of this position is to provide legal support mainly in the area of federal acquisition law. The Assistant Counsel's work will include advising on contracts and other agreements for (among other things) energy and utility services, military construction, facilities maintenance and repair, architect/engineer services, base operations and support services, and environmental services; bid protests and contract disputes associated with the above; financial assistance, including grants and cooperative agreements; and related issues of fiscal law. Duties of the selected attorney will be flexible and may include environmental, tribal law, civilian personnel, fiscal, litigation, and FOIA/PA matters, as well as other issues arising under OGC practice areas.
12-19 Trial AttorneySenior Trial Attorney3/1/2019NLO, Washington, DCGS-13/14/15
Trial AttorneySenior Trial Attorney
There is a vacancy for a Trial Attorney/Senior Trial Attorney on one of two defensive environmental litigation teams within the Naval Litigation Office (NLO), Office of the General Counsel (OGC), Department of the Navy (DON). Consistent with OGC/NLO policies and procedures, the attorneys on the defensive environmental litigation teams represent the DON in its defense against claims under pollution control laws, especially the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. The trial attorneys also represent the DON in litigation under natural resource protection and planning statutes such as the Endangered Species Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the National Environmental Policy Act and other federal and state environmental laws.
13-19 Associate Counsel3/8/2019ONR, Arlington, VAGS-14/15
Associate Counsel
The incumbent serves as an Associate Counsel in the General Law Section specializing in Acquisition and Procurement. The General Law Section comprises a staff of seven attorneys who provide support on business and commercial matters, particularly with respect to contracts and assistance agreements. In addition, the General Law Section works closely with the office's Intellectual Property Section attorneys and staff.
17-19 Patent Attorney3/4/2019SSC Pacific, San 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.
18-19 Assistant/Associate Counsel3/1/2019FM&C, Washington, DCGS-14/15
Assistant/Associate Counsel
While the position concentrates on fiscal law issues, it can encompass the full range of OGC practice, particularly environmental law, real estate, military construction, and acquisition. Further, the incumbent also serves as the primary ethics counselor, advising the organization's 300 employees, including the politically appointed ASN (FM&C) and several Senior Executives and Flag Officers, on ethics, standards of conduct, and financial disclosure matters.
19-19 Assistant Counsel 2/25/2019NRSE, Jacksonville, FLGS-11/12/13/14
Assistant Counsel
The incumbent will be expected to perform the full range of OGC practice, with particular emphasis in the areas of civilian personnel law and fiscal law issues. Practice areas also include business and commercial law (including the review of appropriated and non-appropriated fund contracts; fleet and family services matters; Morale, Welfare and Recreation events and commercial sponsorship agreements; and housing), ethics/standards of conduct; Freedom of Information/Privacy Act; real estate and property law; and military installation law.
20-19 Assistant Counsel3/15/2019NRL, Bay St. Louis, MSGS-13/14/15
Assistant Counsel
The incumbent will provide NRL clients a full range of IP services, including drafting and prosecuting patent applications, reviewing research publications for potentially patentable material, and counseling on contract and technology transfer IP matters such as rights in inventions, patents, technical data rights, and computer software. On a more limited basis, incumbents may prepare and prosecute trademark applications, provide litigation support for patent infringement claims, and resolve patent and copyright administrative claims. The ability to work with inventors to identify patentable technology and useful trademarks, develop invention disclosures, and to draft high quality patent applications is desired.
21-19 Trial Attorney/Senior Trial Attorney (Environmental) 3/8/2019NLO, Washington, DCGS-13/14/15
Trial Attorney/Senior Trial Attorney (Environmental)
Attorneys on the affirmative environmental restoration claims team represent the Department of the Navy in pursuing affirmative cost recovery and enforcement claims against polluters of DON real property under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) and other federal and state environmental laws.
6-19 Assistant Counsel 2/27/2019PSNS & IMF, Bremerton, WAGS-11/12/13/14
Assistant Counsel
The PSNS & IMF Office of Counsel consists of nine attorneys and three paralegals. 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.
8-19 General Attorney2/26/2019NAWCWD, China Lake, CAGS-13/14/15
General Attorney
 It is anticipated that the attorney selected to fill this position will be assigned to provide legal support to a Senior Executive Service-led component of NAWCWD. Though the legal work of the position is primarily focused in the acquisition arena, the incumbent should be prepared to provide legal support across the full range of OGC practice areas.

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).

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