Central Intelligence Agency Attorney (Honors and Lateral) in Washington, District Of Columbia

  • Duties



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 at https://www.cia.gov/offices-of-cia/general-counsel/

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.

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  • US citizenship required (dual national US citizens are eligible).
  • All positions require relocation to the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
  • All applicants must successfully complete a thorough medical and psychological exam, a polygraph interview, and a comprehensive background investigation.
  • All 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. For further information and to apply, please visit: https://www.cia.gov/careers/opportunities/support-professional/attorney.html


For further information and to apply, please visit: https://www.cia.gov/careers/opportunities/support-professional/attorney.html

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional domestic travel may be required.

Supervisory status


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  • Requirements


Conditions of Employment



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. For further information and to apply, please visit: https://www.cia.gov/careers/opportunities/support-professional/attorney.html

  • Juris Doctor (JD) degree from an ABA-accredited law school.
  • GPA of at least a 3.0 on a 4-point scale.
Additional information

Every career at the CIA is a rewarding one. In addition to serving your country with the certainty that your work makes a difference, the CIA offers a comprehensive benefits package to reflect the dedication and contributions of our employees.

For more information on CIA Careers, visit https://www.cia.gov/careers/

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications of the specific position to which you are applying. To view this position's requirements, visit: https://www.cia.gov/careers/opportunities/support-professional/attorney.html

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Top Secret/SCI

  • Required Documents


Required Documents

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.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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  • How to Apply


How to Apply

To be considered for CIA employment, you must apply online at https://www.cia.gov/careers

For more information on the application instructions, please visit our Application Instructions page at https://www.cia/careers/application-process/application-instructions/

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Agency contact information
Human Resources





Central Intelligence Agency Mail Not Accepted Washington, DC US

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Next steps

Our goal is to respond to each applicant within a 45 day period. However, the CIA receives thousands of applications each month and, unfortunately, we are not able to contact everyone within that timeframe. If you have not heard from us within 45 days, we will not be offering you a position at this time.

If there is interest in your application, CIA recruiters will initiate contact with you by phone or email. Emails from CIA recruiters will have a .gov extension. Please check your email spam filter settings or spam folder to ensure receipt of these emails.

Be prepared to undergo a thorough background investigation examining your life's history, your character, trustworthiness, reliability and soundness of judgment. We also examine your freedom from conflicting allegiances, potential to be coerced, and willingness and ability to abide by regulations governing the use, handling and the protection of sensitive information. The Agency uses the polygraph to check the veracity of this information. The hiring process also includes a thorough mental and physical medical examination in relation to performing essential job functions.

For more information on the application process, please visit Application Process at https://www.cia/careers/application-process/

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Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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  • Financial suitability
  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/494069300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 03/15/2018 to 03/14/2019

Salary: $74,841 to $164,200 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 11 - 15

Work schedule: Full-Time

Appointment type: Permanent