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.
- 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.
- Appellate litigation experience
- Judicial Clerkships or internships
- Public service experience (including military)
- Immigration law experience or interest
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: OIL.Hiring@usdoj.gov., 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
- 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
P.O. Box 878, Ben Franklin Station
Washington, DC 20044
The Selecting Official may select additional candidates if more positions become available within 120 days after the closing date of the vacancy.