Careers - Career Paths at GAO - Legal Careers at GAO

Legal Honors Program Helps New Attorneys Excel

GAO's entry-level attorneys join our legal honors program, known as the Attorney Development Program (ADP):

    • Immediate substantive contributions and responsibilities
    • Assignment to a specific GAO team to gain subject matter expertise and client skills
    • Two-year program of professional training and development
    • Potential recruiting bonuses

Immediate substantive contributions and responsibilities

Attorneys are assigned their own cases and projects from day 1.

Supervisors meet frequently with new attorneys to provide guidance and training.

Assignment to a specific OGC team to gain subject matter expertise and client skills

New attorneys are assigned to a team within OGC. Each OGC team focuses on a particular subject.

See more about OGC teams.

Two-year program of professional training and development

Attorneys in the ADP receive training in areas such as GAO statutory authorities, appropriations law, legislative history, and the Federal procurement process.

Attorneys are appraised and get formal feedback on performance every 6 months. Each 6-month review is followed by a salary increase, if performing satisfactorily. Increases range from 5% to 7%.

After two years, attorneys are eligible for promotion to Band II. GAO's career path for attorneys extends to the Band III level — the equivalent of a GS-15 under the General Schedule.