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Legal Careers Overview

GAO's Office of General Counsel (OGC) serves GAO and the Congress, following the federal dollar wherever it goes. The scope and depth of our legal expertise is unparalleled in the federal government.

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OGC Recruiting for Attorney Positions

OGC has no open announcements for attorney positions at this time, but will update this page as circumstances change. OGC does not provide responses to unsolicited resumes submitted through, although we maintain resumes for a 1-year period in the event that a vacancy arises for which the applicant is qualified.

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. OGC has no open announcements for summer associate positions at this time. OGC generally posts announcements for summer associate positions in July, with an August response deadline.

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.

Law students who expect to graduate in the spring of 2017 may also apply to OGC’s 2016 summer program by submitting a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, and writing sample of up to 10 pages to Only applications received between July 13, 2015 and August 21, 2015 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 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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