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Summer Law Clerk

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Work Schedule: Full Time
Salary: $65,606 ($31.44 per hour)
Location: Washington, DC metropolitan area

As a Summer Law Clerk for the CIA, you will assist attorneys in the Office of General Counsel (OGC) to provide advice and guidance to officers and employees within the CIA who have specific responsibility for the conduct of US intelligence activities. 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. 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.

Summer Law Clerks work at CIA between their second and third years of law school to obtain broad exposure to the practice of intelligence law.

Enterprise Functions at the CIA - Office of the General Counsel

The Office of General Counsel (OGC) is part of the CIA's Enterprise Functions, which provides governance and oversight to the business of intelligence effort across the CIA at Headquarters and in locations worldwide. OGC is an independent office of the CIA that provides legal advice and guidance to the Agency and to the Director of the CIA. Learn more about the Office of General Counsel.

Life at the CIA

In addition to a comprehensive benefits package, the CIA offers exciting career opportunities and a dynamic environment. We're on the forefront of world-altering events--as they happen. Working here isn't just a job, it's a mindset and a lifestyle.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school, generally as a first-year law student
  • GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Availability to complete at least ten (10) weeks of employment during the summer prior to graduation

The following items must be attached to your on-line application (PDF format preferred):

  • Resume
  • Cover letter in which you specify your qualifications for this position.  Please address why you want to work in this role and what differentiates you from other applicants.
  • Unofficial law school transcripts (an updated transcript may be requested prior to interview
  • Three (3) professional references
  • One (1) legal writing sample

Applications submitted in 2018 are considered for employment the summer of 2019. 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. Applications will not be accepted after April 12, 2018.


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: Apr 21, 2007 07:12 PM
Last Updated: Apr 25, 2018 11:10 AM