Legal Division
145 N Street, NE
Washington, DC 20530
United States
About the Office: 

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office), U.S. Department of Justice, is seeking an experienced attorney for its Legal Division located in Washington, D.C.

The COPS Office Legal Division provides a full range of in-house agency counsel functions to the COPS Office, which provides federal grant funding and technical assistance to state, local and Tribal governments and other grant recipients to develop and implement a broad range of community policing programs.

For additional information regarding the COPS Office, please visit the website at:

Job Description: 

This position will provide legal advice, opinions, and related training to COPS Office management and staff, grant recipients, grant applicants and members of the public on matters of contract and procurement law, appropriations law, federal grant law, the Privacy Act, administrative law, and other issues related to federal agency operations. This position will also research and prepare legal opinions, memoranda and correspondence and will represent the Legal Division in meetings, training programs, and conferences with COPS management and staff, grant recipients, Congressional staff, other DOJ offices and members of the public.


Applicants must have a J.D. degree, an active bar membership (any jurisdiction), and at least 3 years of directly related post-J.D. experience. Applicants with a record of excellence in academic achievement, superior legal research and writing skills, strong analytical skills, and exceptional communication abilities are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must also have:

· exceptional legal research and analytical skills

· outstanding written and oral communication skills

· demonstrated experience with federal contract and procurement law

· demonstrated experience with one or more of the following areas: federal appropriations law, federal grant law, the Privacy Act, and/or federal use of social media

GS-13 ($90,823 - $118,069) to GS-14 ($107,325 - $139,523) level. Current salary and years of experience will determine the appropriate salary level.
Limited local travel may be required.
Application Process: 

Opens: May 15, 2015

To apply, please submit a cover letter highlighting relevant experience, resume, and a copy of your most recent official performance appraisal to:

Evelyn Bennett
U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services
145 N Street, NE - Rm. 10E.522
Washington, D.C. 20530

Application materials must be received by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) on the closing date. Application materials may also be faxed to (202) 353-9700. Applications being hand delivered must be received by 4:30 pm on the closing date of the announcement. No phone calls please. Applications submitted using government postage or internal Federal government mail systems will not be considered.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, June 12, 2015
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
Number of Positions: 
Updated April 7, 2016

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Department Policies

Equal Employment Opportunity:  The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer.  Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit factor.  The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department 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 within the Department of Justice.

Reasonable Accommodations:  This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities:  The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements.  Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u)) hiring authority.  Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC) to express an interest in being considered for a position. See list of DPOCs.   

Suitability and Citizenship:  It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment.  Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Congress generally prohibits agencies from employing non-citizens within the United States, except for a few narrow exceptions as set forth in the annual Appropriations Act (see, Pursuant to DOJ component policies, only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Trustee’s Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, qualifying non-U.S. citizens meeting immigration and appropriations law criteria may apply for employment with other DOJ organizations. However, please be advised that the appointment of non-U.S. citizens is extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All DOJ employees are subject to a residency requirement. Candidates must have lived in the United States for at least three of the past five years. The three-year period is cumulative, not necessarily consecutive. Federal or military employees, or dependents of federal or military employees serving overseas, are excepted from this requirement. This is a Department security requirement which is waived only for extreme circumstances and handled on a case-by-case basis.

Veterans:  There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service- connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his  or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).


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