General Attorney

Washington, D.C
Sep 21, 2021
Sep 24, 2021
Full Time


This position is part of the Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Civilian Nuclear Programs, Office of the General Counsel, Department Of Energy (DOE). As a General Attorney, you will perform a variety of professional legal work, including provision of legal advice and services with respect to questions, statutes, regulations, practices, or other matters concerning nuclear energy and related topics.
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As a full performance level GS-15, General Attorney, you will:
  • Provide analyses, interpretations, and opinions to assigned DOE offices on a variety of cases and issues that include legal and policy positions on complex and difficult matters.
  • Represent DOE in meetings with peers, management, and officials of other Federal agencies, committees of Congress, state and local governments, representatives of foreign governments and representatives.
  • Draft legal policies and procedures for use in the DOE in relation to suits from various Courts on behalf of, or against the United States, rising from activities of the DOE.
  • Analyze pending, proposed and potential litigation; prosecutes cases; negotiates settlements to avoid expensive and time-consuming litigation; and provides legal advice based on the weight of evidence.
  • Perform legal research and provide recommendations based on the legal principles involved.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • Subject to satisfactory security and suitability requirements.
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period.
  • Grade level GS13 and above required to submit a Financial Disclosure Statement, OGE-450, Executive Branch Personnel Confidential
  • This position is included in a Bargaining Agreement.
  • Your resume and supplemental documentation must be submitted via email to the address provided in the section "How to Apply".


All candidates must meet the minimum education requirements of successful completion of a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) with a professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.) and must be a current member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Have a professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.) and membership in a state or District of Columbia bar and one year of professional (attorney) legal experience and advanced educational attainments that clearly indicate the ability to independently perform complex legal work.

GS13: Have a professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.) and membership in a state or District of Columbia bar and one year of professional (attorney) legal experience and advanced educational attainments that clearly indicate the ability to independently perform complex legal work and one additional year of professional (attorney) experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to that of an attorney at the grade immediately below the one being filled.


Candidates must be a graduate of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association with a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree or a Bachelor of Law (LL.B.) degree.
Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website. Transcripts must be provided with application package.

Additional information

  • The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
  • This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies across DOE.
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  • Hiring incentives may be authorized in accordance with agency policy and if funding is available.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics):
Attention to Detail
Legal, Government and Jurisprudence
Oral Communication
Problem Solving

You will be evaluated to determine the relevance and quality of your education and experience and whether you meet the minimum qualifications required. When describing your experience, please be sure to give examples that demonstrate your ability to do the work of the office, the complexity of the knowledge you possess, the level of the people you interacted with, the sensitivity of the issues you handled, etc. In order to do the work of this office, you will need:

Experience as an attorney providing counsel, advice, analyses, interpretations, and opinions on extremely complex legal issues.

You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date (09/23/2021) of this announcement.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Moderate Risk (MR)

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

You must have a bar membership and professional law degree. You do not need to provide official documentation at the time of application, official proof of bar membership and law degree will be requested if selected.
  • Your RESUME showing all relevant work experience (paid and unpaid) including: duties performed; full name and address of the each employer; start and end dates (month/day/year); work schedule (part-time, full-time, number of hours if intermittent); salary; and any completed education and training (program title, subject area, number of hours completed, and completion date).
  • Cover Letter, optional , expressing additional information not covered in your resume.
  • Transcripts, if specific educational requirements are indicated in this job announcement. Unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned (semester or quarter hour) and final grade is acceptable. It is your responsibility to provide adequate proof that you meet the educational requirements.
  • Writing Sample, 5-10 pages in length.
  • Veterans' Preference documentation, if applicable, DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service; current active duty members- certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within 120 days; SF-15 Form and related documentation; VA letter. For more information visit the USAJOBS Help Center & OPM CHCOC website for VOW information. Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program documentation, if applicable(e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.) For more information see the OPM Guide to Career Transition .
Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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