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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 Vacancies for Attorney Positions

Deadline extended until Monday, May 18, 2015: OGC is seeking 5 (or more) experienced attorneys to join GAO’s Acquisition and Sourcing Management and Procurement Law practice areas. There are two vacancy announcements for these positions: one for Senior Attorney positions and one for Senior Staff Attorney positions.

Applicants must submit a cover letter and resume to The submissions must contain:

  1. 1) a statement of the groups(s) for which you are interested in being considered (Acquisition and Sourcing Management and/or Procurement Law);
  2. 2) a statement that you are a U.S. Citizen;
  3. 3) information sufficient to establish that you have a JD degree from an accredited law school and are an active member in good standing of a bar of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; and
  4. 4) information addressing the factors on which your application will be further evaluated as set forth in the section of the vacancy announcement entitled “How Your Application Will Be Evaluated.”

Failure to include any one of these four areas will result in rejection of your application.

Applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 18, 2015. If your submission is not received by then, or does not contain the required information, it will be rejected.

Vacancy: Senior Attorney PA-0905-03

Vacancy: Senior Staff Attorney PA-0905-02

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.

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 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.

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 2015" or "2015-2016 academic year") and any deadlines associated with your law school's externship program.

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