By delegation from the Attorney General, the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) provides authoritative legal advice to the President and all the Executive Branch departments and agencies. The Office drafts legal opinions of the Attorney General and also provides its own written opinions and oral advice in response to requests from the Counsel to the President, the various departments and agencies of the Executive Branch, and components of the Department of Justice. Such requests typically deal with legal issues of particular complexity and importance or about which two or more agencies disagree. The Office also is responsible for providing legal advice to the Executive Branch on constitutional questions and reviewing pending legislation for constitutionality.
All executive orders and 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 all 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.
OLC is not authorized to give legal advice to private persons.
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 legislation proposed by the President or by Congress; and
Reviewing for form and legality all executive orders, proclamations, and memoranda proposed to be issued by the President and 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.
For consideration, please submit a resume and cover letter (highlighting relevant experience) to Dyone.Mitchell@usdoj.gov or fax them to 202-514-0563. E-mail or facsimile are the preferred methods of transmission, but the mailing address is:
Office of Legal Counsel
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Room 5218
Washington, D.C. 20530