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Appellate Litigation Attorney

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Work Schedule: Full Time
Salary: $68,712 – $136,771
GS-11 - GS-15
Location: Washington, DC metropolitan area

The CIA's Office of General Counsel is recruiting a highly qualified Appellate Litigation Attorney at the GS-11 to GS-15 range to join its exciting and challenging legal practice. Experienced appellate litigators looking for an opportunity to serve their country are encouraged to apply. Candidates for the Appellate Litigation Attorney position should have a minimum of three years of substantive litigation experience, the ability to handle complex appellate litigation in a fast paced and demanding environment, and an interest in national security. The primary responsibilities of the Appellate Litigation Attorney include: analyzing cases pending in U.S. courts of appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court to determine potential impact on CIA interests; interfacing with attorneys representing the United States in appellate litigation, including the Office of the Solicitor General; and coordinating with internal CIA components to arrive at a thoroughly vetted CIA position on issues raised in appellate litigation. Prior litigation experience in the national security law arena is a plus, but not required. A federal clerkship at the appellate level is a plus, but not required.

The robust litigation practice at the CIA provides the opportunity to work on unique and challenging issues related to national security and interact with a wide variety of US Government agencies, Congress, federal courts, and the private sector.

Minimum requirements: Graduation from an ABA-accredited law school and active bar membership from any of the 50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or the US Virgin Islands are required.

OGC requires the submission as attachments of a cover letter, resume, paralegal and/or law school transcript, legal writing sample and the names and telephone numbers of three legal references.

OGC receives hundreds of resumes a month from people desiring to serve their country by participating in our intelligence mission. If you apply for a position with the CIA's Office of General Counsel (OGC) and have not heard from us within 45 days of the date of your application, then we will not be offering you a position. We regret that we cannot personally respond to and hire all the candidates who wish to work for the CIA Office of General Counsel.


All applicants must successfully complete a thorough medical and psychological exam, a polygraph interview and an extensive background investigation. US citizenship is required.

To be considered suitable for Agency employment, applicants must generally not have used illegal drugs within the last twelve months. The issue of illegal drug use prior to twelve months ago is carefully evaluated during the medical and security processing.

Important Notice: Friends, family, individuals, or organizations may be interested to learn that you are an applicant for or an employee of the CIA. Their interest, however, may not be benign or in your best interest. You cannot control whom they would tell. We therefore ask you to exercise discretion and good judgment in disclosing your interest in a position with the Agency. You will receive further guidance on this topic as you proceed through your CIA employment processing.

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Posted: Aug 21, 2012 07:08 PM
Last Updated: Feb 23, 2018 04:50 PM

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