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Trial Attorney

Washington, D.C
Closing date
May 28, 2023

Counterterrorism Section (CTS) is seeking experienced attorneys to work in all areas of the counterterrorism mission, including the application of investigative techniques to the task of identifying and disrupting terrorist plots before they occur. CTS Trial Attorneys work closely with agents from the FBI, the CTS Regional Coordinators, and the National Security Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council (ATAC) Coordinators and terrorism prosecutors in U.S. Attorneys' Offices throughout the country to support investigations, review intelligence, and assist in the resulting criminal litigation. CTS Trial Attorneys occasionally assist with the development of policies, plans, operations, and initiatives to promote the enforcement of terrorism statutes. In addition to its case-related work, CTS Trial Attorneys are occasionally engaged in identifying terrorist trends and patterns, foreign and domestic training, public speaking, and topical writing in this enforcement area. CTS Trial Attorneys also design and participate in terrorism training exercises with the interagency community, and other emergency preparedness-related activities, as part of CTS's efforts to prepare for and respond to terrorist threats.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
  • Must complete a Background Investigation to include drug testing
  • Selective Service Registration is required, as applicable
  • May require completion of one year probationary period
  • COVID vaccination status may be requested for the purposes of implementing workplace safety protocols.


Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of a State, Territory, or the District of Columbia, and have at least 4-5 years of post J.D. professional experience to be qualified at the GS-15 level.

Applicants must also have superior academic credentials, writing and analytic skills, and have significant criminal trial experience.

Applicants must also be able to qualify for the highest and most sensitive security clearances - Top Secret SCI

It is the policy of the National Security Division to request a three-year commitment for all attorney positions.

Additional information

Salary: GS-15: $155,700.00 - $183,500.00 (per annum)
Travel: Periodic travel will be required
Relocation Expenses: No
Application Deadline: Thursday, June 22, 2023

Application Process:
To apply for a Trial Attorney position with CTS, please submit a resume and a cover letter (highlighting your relevant experience), a writing sample (no longer than 15 pages that exhibits your own written advocacy skills), and a copy of your most recent performance appraisal (if available), to:

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

No telephone calls please.

Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.

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