Trial Attorney - Federal Programs

Washington D.C.
Apr 10, 2017
May 02, 2017
Full Time

Are you interested in a rewarding and challenging career? Join the U.S. Department of Justice!!

The Civil Division, with more than 1,000 attorneys and 14 litigating components, represents the United States, its departments and agencies, Members of Congress, Cabinet officers and other Federal employees.

The Federal Programs Branch specializes in defending Federal Government agencies and officials in high-profile civil litigation, including cases that involve challenges to national security policies.  Trial Attorneys litigate in federal district courts across the country on behalf of over 100 Federal agencies, the President and Cabinet officers, and other Government officials.  Trial Attorneys in the Branch are generalists and participate in a broad range of practice areas, including cases raising challenges to the constitutionality of federal statutes, attacks on significant Government initiatives and programs, and challenges to the personnel practices and policies of the Government.  The Branch also engages in a limited amount of affirmative litigation to enforce statutes and regulations and to challenge state and local laws that are preempted by federal law.

  • Occasional Travel
  • This position requires occasional travel.

  • No

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply section).
  • You may be required to undergo a urinalysis drug test.
  • Moving and Relocation Expenses are not authorized.
  • You must undergo a pre-employment security investigation.

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; two years of post J.D. experience to qualify at the GS-13 level; and three years of post J.D. experience to qualify at the GS-14 level. You must also be a U.S. citizen. 

Applicants should have a strong interest in district court work, strong research, writing and advocacy skills, and a strong academic background.  Judicial clerkship experience is highly desirable. 



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