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GAO's Office of General Counsel (02:26)

Attorneys at the Government Accountability Office describe the legal services they provide to support GAO’s mission, and the agency’s summer associate legal honors program.

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OGC Recruiting for Summer Associate Positions

OGC's main recruiting tool for entry-level positions is our summer associate program for second-year law students. For more information on our summer associate program and entry-level legal honors program, see our Legal Honors Program page. For our 2018 summer program, OGC will conduct interviews at the following career fairs and law schools:

Career Fairs

  • Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) Career Fair
  • Mid-Atlantic Region of the National Black Law Students Association (MABLSA) Job Fair

National Law School Consortium

  • University of Alabama School of Law
  • University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law
  • University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law
  • University of Georgia School of Law
  • George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School
  • University of Illinois College of Law
  • University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
  • University of North Carolina School of Law
  • The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

Law Schools

  • American University Washington College of Law
  • Boston University School of Law
  • George Mason University School of Law
  • The George Washington University Law School
  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • Harvard Law School
  • Howard University School of Law
  • University of California Berkeley School of Law
  • University of California Hastings College of the Law
  • University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
  • University of Virginia School of Law
  • William & Mary Greater Washington Program

Law students who expect to graduate in the spring of 2019 may also apply to OGC's 2018 summer program by submitting a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, and writing sample of up to 10 pages to Only applications received between July 3, 2017 and August 14, 2017, 11:59 PM will be considered. Interviews will generally be conducted via videoconference. Unfortunately because of the large number of applications we receive through our Legal Careers mailbox, we will be unable to personally reply to each applicant, apart from those invited to interview.

OGC Vacancies for Attorney Positions

GAO Attorneys Do Work That Matters

GAO attorneys provide legal advice and services, act as quasi-administrative law judges, serve as experts on federal appropriations law and are in-house counsel to GAO's management. To learn more about what GAO attorneys do, check out our Work That Matters page and our post on GAO's WatchBlog.

Legal Honors Program Helps New Attorneys Develop and Excel

Entry-level attorneys join our two-year attorney development program, where you can start contributing immediately to GAO's work.

GAO Attorneys Have Great Benefits

GAO provides a full range of benefits to all staff, including attorneys.

OGC Externships

Occasionally, OGC may provide opportunities for unpaid externships to individuals who express interest. Externs must be students who are enrolled at least half-time in an accredited law school. Externs arrange with their law schools to earn course credit in exchange for working at GAO. If you are interested in an externship, please submit a resume, cover letter, transcript, and writing sample to In your cover letter, please indicate when you are available for an externship (for example, "fall 2016" or "2016-2017 academic year") and any deadlines associated with your law school's externship program.

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