Trial Attorney (Military)

Fort Belvoir, Virginia
May 01, 2017
Jun 01, 2017
Full Time

As an attorney in the Military Personnel Branch of the Litigation Division, you will serve as the senior litigation attorney.  You will be responsible for accomplishing diversified legal work pertaining to litigation arising out of general Military Personnel matters.

About the Position:

This position is for a permanent full-time Trial Attorney, GS-0905-15, with the HQDA, US Army Legal Services Agency, Commander, Litigation Division, Military Personnel Branch, located at Fort Belvoir, VA.

As a Trial Attorney you will provide significant direct support to trial and appellate counsels and Assistant U.S. Attorneys in representing agencies and its officials in cases challenging the legality of critical Army and Department of Defense (DOD) military personnel programs, policies, and decisions in federal, state, and foreign courts; advise on class action litigation, to include, the law and policy related to class actions filed in federal district court; and analyze complaints and petitions that fall under the Military Personnel Branch's purview.

Who May Apply: 
U.S. Citizens

  • Occasional Travel
  • For off site visits.

  • No

  • See "Other Requirements" Section
  • Applicants will be evaluated to determine if they meet the minimum qualification requirements and on the extent to which their application shows possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) associated with the position:

    (1) Knowledge of military personnel programs and policies.
    (2) Skill in providing legal advice concerning litigation strategy and the defense or implementation of agency policy in litigation.
    (3) Knowledge of a variety of legal actions with respect to suits for or against the Government.
    (4) Knowledge of litigation responsibilities and issues for military personnel complaints and petitions.
    (5) Knowledge of representing the Government concerning litigation matters at conferences with Senior Department of Justice officials.
    (6) Skill in teaching and providing consultation to attorneys on class action litigation.
    (7) Skill in preparing legal opinions concerning matters not in litigation but which require prompt action to avoid litigation.

    VETERANS PREFERENCE INFORMATION: There is no formal rating system for applying veteran's preference to Attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of the Army considers veteran's preference eligibility a positive factor for Attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veteran's preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documents (e.g., DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) to their submissions. Although the point-preference system is not used, applicants eligible to claim a 10-point preference must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point preference, and supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed.  (SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preference and the required supporting documents, is available from the Office of Personnel Management Website at

    TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENT: If currently employed as an attorney by the Federal Government you must have completed 1 year at the next lower grade level within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement, or previously served at the same or higher grade as the position being filled.  

    The following minimum qualification requirements must be met before applicants are eligible for further consideration:

    Education:  Applicant must have successfully completed a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and have the first professional law degree (LLB or JD).

    Bar membership:  Applicant must currently be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

    Experience:  Applicant must have three or more years of professional legal experience, acquired after being admitted to the bar, commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position.  Graduation from an ABA-accredited law school in the top 25% of the class or an advanced law degree such as an LLM may substitute for one year of the required professional legal experience.

    Other Requirements: Click here for expanded definitions.

    • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
    • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
    • One year trial/probationary period may be required.
    • Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.
    • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.
    • Must submit a Financial Disclosure Statement, OGE-450, (5CFR Part 2634, Subpart I USOGE, 6/08).
    • Must file a Statement of Affiliations and Financial Interests (DD 1555).
    • You may claim Military Spouse Preference.
    • Documentation to support Military Spouse Preference needs to be submitted at the time of application.
    • Applicants claiming veteran's preference must clearly show an entitlement to such preference on the resume/supplemental data submitted.


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