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Work Schedule: Full Time
Salary: $62,338
Location: Washington, DC metropolitan area


The CIA Office of General Counsel has a Summer Legal Clerkship Program that allows a small number of exceptionally qualified law students to obtain broad exposure to the practice of intelligence law. Although the Office makes no commitment with respect to future employment beyond an individual's summer clerkship, each participant may be evaluated for future employment at the conclusion of the program. Whether continued employment will be offered is entirely discretionary, and will be based upon the individual's entire resume package, performance as a summer law clerk, the availability of entry-level attorney positions and overall budgetary constraints.

The Office of General Counsel provides advice and guidance to those officers and employees within the CIA who have specific responsibility for the conduct of US Intelligence activities. It should be noted that the CIA is an intelligence agency, not a law enforcement agency, and is expressly prohibited by law from having any police or law enforcement powers, or internal security functions.

OGC handles a wide variety of legal issues, including, among other things, both civil and criminal litigation, foreign intelligence and counterintelligence activities, counterterrorism, counternarcotics, nonproliferation and arms control, personnel and security matters, contracting, finance and budget matters, tax, immigration, international financial transactions, corporate law, copyright, intellectual property, foreign and international law, and legislation. The Office of General Counsel consists of attorneys with a variety of backgrounds and experience.

Minimum requirements: Current enrollment in an ABA-accredited law school, generally as a second-year law student and available to commit to at least 10 weeks employment during the summer.

For the summer law clerk program, OGC requires the submission as attachments of a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, list of three professional references and a legal writing sample. Applications are accepted from June 1 through September 15 each year for employment the following summer.

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. Applicants for OGC's summer law clerk program will be interviewed and offered positions on a rolling basis; it is advantageous for interested law students to apply for consideration at the earliest date possible.


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. Use of illegal drugs since entering law school will disqualify an individual from the Summer Law Clerk program.

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: Apr 21, 2007 07:12 PM
Last Updated: Nov 17, 2016 11:36 AM