By delegation from the Attorney General, the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) provides legal advice to the President and all executive branch agencies. The Office drafts legal opinions of the Attorney General and provides its own written opinions and other advice in response to requests from the Counsel to the President, the various agencies of the Executive Branch, and other components of the Department of Justice. Such requests typically deal with legal issues of particular complexity and importance or those about which two or more agencies disagree. The Office is also responsible for reviewing and commenting on the constitutionality of pending legislation.
All executive orders and substantive proclamations proposed to be issued by the President are reviewed by OLC for form and legality, as are various other matters that require the President’s formal approval.
The Office reviews all proposed orders of the Attorney General and regulations requiring the Attorney General’s approval. It also performs a variety of special assignments referred by the Attorney General or the Deputy Attorney General.
The Office of Legal Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice, is seeking highly qualified attorneys to serve as Attorney-Advisers in Washington, D.C. The Office’s principal function is to assist the Attorney General in fulfilling the role of legal adviser to the President and Executive Branch agencies. For more information, please visit OLC’s internet website, http://www.usdoj.gov/olc/.
OLC’s responsibilities include the following:
- Advising the Attorney General, the White House Counsel, all executive departments and agencies, and the various components of the Department of Justice on constitutional and statutory matters;
- Resolving legal disputes within the Executive Branch through the issuance of authoritative legal opinions;
- Reviewing for constitutionality proposed legislation; and
- Reviewing for form and legality all executive orders and substantive proclamations and memoranda proposed to be issued by the President as well as all Attorney General Orders and regulations.
Applicants must have a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least one year of post-J.D. legal experience. OLC is highly selective in its hiring because OLC attorneys handle some of the most difficult and important legal issues confronting the Executive Branch. The ideal candidate would have exceptional academic credentials, a judicial clerkship or comparable experience, a strong background in constitutional law, outstanding legal research and writing skills, and the ability to obtain a Top Secret security clearance.
THIS POSITION IS SUBJECT TO THE AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS AT THE TIME A HIRING DECISION IS MADE
Applicants must submit (via mail, email or fax): 1) a resume; 2) a cover letter addressing the qualifications listed above; 3) a writing sample; 4) law school transcript; and 5) a copy of your most recent performance rating (if applicable). Please submit via the mailing address, email, or fax number noted below.
Office of Legal Counsel
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Room 5218
Washington, D.C. 20530
No telephone calls please.
PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION NO LATER THAN 5:30PM ON 09/16/2019 FOR CONSIDERATION.
IF YOU SUBMITTED AN APPLICATION UNDER THE MARCH 2019 ATTORNEY-ADVISER VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT, YOU NEED NOT RE-APPLY.