Trial Attorney/Office of Immigration Litigation/Appellate

Office of Immigration Litigation/Appellate
P. O. Box 878
Ben Franklin Station
Washington, DC 20044
United States
About the Office: 

The Civil Division's Office of Immigration Litigation-Appellate Section (OIL) is hiring attorneys who demonstrate a commitment to public service and a passion for appellate litigation. OIL attorneys litigate immigration cases on behalf of the United States Government in the Federal courts of appeals nationwide and support the Solicitor General's immigration-related litigation efforts in the United States Supreme Court. Cases primarily involve challenges to removability and relief determinations arising under the Immigration and Nationality Act, and they often involve complex questions that cut across multiple legal disciplines including constitutional, administrative, and criminal law. OIL employs approximately 235 attorneys and 60 litigation support personnel.

Our office places a high value on diversity of experiences and perspectives and encourages applications from all qualified men and women from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, veterans, LGBT individuals, and persons with disabilities.
Job Description: 
  • Write briefs and motions.
  • Appear for oral argument.
  • Engage in mediation.
  • Conduct settlement negotiations.
  • Coordinate with other branches of the federal government to ensure a uniform application of the immigration laws.

Must be a U.S. Citzen or national

Must complete a background Investigation to include drug testing

Selective Service Registration is required, as applicable

May require completion of a fourteen month trial period

Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance with eligibility for Sensitive Compartmented Information )SCI) access depending in organizational assignment/duty location.


Applicants must be a graduate from a full course of study in a School of Law accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), have at least one year of post J.D. experience to qualify at the GS-12 level; have at least two years of post J.D. experience to qualify at the GS-13 level; have at least three years of post J.D. experience to qualify at the GS-14 level; and four years of post J.D. experience to qualify at the GS-15 level. You must also be a U.S. citizen.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Appellate litigation experience
  • Judicial Clerkships or internships
  • Public service experience (including military)
  • Immigration law experience or interest
GS-905-12/13/14/15, $83,398.00 to $166,500.00
Occasional travel - You will be expected to travel for this position.
Application Process: 

To apply for this position, you must submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (not more than 12 pages in length). If you are claiming veterans preference, you must also submit your DD-214, and/or other documentation that you may have.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials by email to:, on or before 08/22/2019.
Please use Job Announcement number CIV-19-TA-11.

The following documents should be provided in a SINGLE PDF file in the following order:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Law School Transcript (only required if applicant graduated from law school in 2014 or later)
  • Writing Sample (no more then 12 pages)
  • Veteran's Preference Documents (if applicable)

Applications that fail to conform to theses requirements will not be considered. Applicants who previously applied to the Office of Immigration Litigation-Appellate Section must reapply in order to be considered under this job announcement.

Applicants may also send their materials by commercial courier service, (FedEx or UPS) to:
U.S. Department of Justice
Civil Division, Office of Immigration Litigation/Appellate
Christina Greer, Hiring Coordinator
(202) 598-8770
P.O. Box 878, Ben Franklin Station
Washington, DC 20044

Telework Eligible-Yes

The Selecting Official may select additional candidates if more positions become available within 120 days after the closing date of the vacancy.


Application Deadline: 
Thursday, August 22, 2019
Relocation Expenses: 
Number of Positions: 
Updated August 8, 2019

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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, protected genetic information, pregnancy, status as a parent, or any other nonmerit-based 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. For more information, please review our full EEO Statement.

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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