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OIL DCS Employment:

Office of Immigration Litigation, District Court Section (OIL-DCS) attorneys develop expertise in fast-paced litigation that requires attention to detail and a special dedication to the intricacies of the immigration system. Trial Attorneys in the District Court Section engage in both defensive and affirmative litigation as first chair attorneys through all phases of litigation, from case assessment and strategy, coordination among the relevant federal agencies, through dispositive motions, discovery, trial, and appeal to the circuit courts.  Due to the nature of the work and the professional accomplishments of its attorneys, the District Court Section is a collegial, high-energy section which solves problems and produces optimal results. Explore DOJ attorney vacancy announcements at the Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management website.

District Court Section Attorneys gain considerable experience in motions practice, as well as in preparing for trial through discovery, routinely taking and defending depositions around the country.  Because District Court Section attorneys handle cases nationwide, they often travel outside Washington, DC for hearings.  OIL-DCS attorneys also participate in settlement activities, including mediation and direct negotiations.

Attorneys seeking more experience can benefit from the comprehensive mentoring and training programs offered by the Department of Justice, both in Washington, DC and at the National Advocacy Center, the Department’s national training center in Columbia, SC.

District Court Section attorneys utilize their experience and expertise to educate both their colleagues and the public. Experienced section attorneys provide counsel to other government agencies concerning litigation risk stemming from immigration policies and practices. District Court Section attorneys provide advice and training to other Department of Justice attorneys around the country. Many OIL-DCS attorneys are also active members of the bar associations of courts nationwide. Outside of their employment, several of our attorneys devote time to teaching or writing.

Supporting the legal work of the District Courts Section is a team of paralegals, legal assistants, and secretaries. This support staff assists section attorneys in all aspects of litigation and in administrative matters.
The OIL District Courts Section strongly supports the DOJ’s student programs and encourages students considering a career in immigration law to pursue internship opportunities with the section. Law students can gain immigration law experience working with the District Courts Section by participating in both volunteer internships and the DOJ Summer Law Intern Program.


The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is an Equal Opportunity / Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, regional, national origin, politics, marital status, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation or on the basis of personal favoritism. DOJ welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities and will reasonably accommodate the needs of those persons. DOJ is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit.

Updated October 20, 2014

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