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Attorney (Honors and Lateral)

Work Schedule: Full Time
Salary: $74,841 – $164,200*
Location: Washington, DC metropolitan area

*Higher starting salary possible depending on experience level

As an Attorney (Honors and Lateral) for the CIA, you will handle a wide variety of legal issues, including:

  • Civil and criminal litigation
  • Foreign intelligence and counterintelligence activities
  • Counterterrorism
  • Counter narcotics
  • Nonproliferation and arms control
  • Personnel and security matters
  • Contracting
  • Finance and budget matters
  • Tax
  • Immigration
  • International financial transactions
  • Corporate law
  • Copyright and intellectual property
  • Foreign and international law
  • Legislation

You will have the opportunity to interact with a wide variety of US Government agencies, Congress, federal and state courts, plus the private sector, and will have regular contact with other Intelligence Community agencies, the White House, the National Security Council and the Departments of Defense, State, Justice, Treasury, Commerce, and Homeland Security.

Enterprise Functions at the CIA – Office of the General Counsel

The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is part of the CIA’s Enterprise Functions, which provides governance and oversight to the business of intelligence effort across the Agency 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 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. So working here isn't just a job, it's a mindset and a lifestyle.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctor (JD) degree from an ABA-accredited law school
  • Active bar membership from any of the 50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or the US Virgin Islands
  • GPA of at least a 3.0 on a 4-point scale

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

  • Resume
  • Unofficial law school transcript  
  • 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.
  • Legal writing sample
  • Three (3) legal references with full names and contact information


    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.

    To Apply:

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    Application Instructions


    An equal opportunity employer and a drug-free work force.

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    Posted: Apr 21, 2007 06:59 PM
    Last Updated: Feb 20, 2018 05:05 PM

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