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Legal Careers Overview
GAO's Office of General Counsel (OGC) serves GAO and the Congress, following the federal dollar wherever it goes. The scope and depth of our legal expertise is unparalleled in the federal government.
OGC Recruiting for Attorney Positions
OGC has no open announcements for attorney positions at this time, but will update this page as circumstances change. OGC does not provide responses to unsolicited resumes submitted through LegalCareers@gao.gov, although we maintain resumes for a 1-year period in the event that a vacancy arises for which the applicant is qualified.
GAO attorneys provide legal advice and services, act as quasi-administrative law judges, serve as experts on federal appropriations law and are in-house counsel to GAO's management. To learn more about what GAO attorneys do, check out our Work That Matters page and our post on GAO's WatchBlog.
Entry-level attorneys join our two-year attorney development program, where you can start contributing immediately to GAO's work.
GAO provides a full range of benefits to all staff, including attorneys.
OGC Recruiting for Summer Associate Program
OGC's main recruiting tool for entry-level positions is our summer associate program for second-year law students. For more information on our summer associate program and entry-level legal honors program, see our Legal Honors Program page. For our 2016 summer program, OGC will conduct interviews at the following career fairs and law schools:
- Hispanic National Bar Association Career Fair
- Mid-Atlantic Region of the National Black Law Students Association (MABLSA) Job Fair
- American University Washington College of Law
- University of California Berkeley School of Law
- Cornell University Law School
- George Mason University School of Law
- The George Washington University Law School
- Georgetown University Law Center
- Harvard Law School
- Howard University School of Law
- University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
- University of Virginia School of Law
- William & Mary Law School
Occasionally, OGC may provide opportunities for unpaid externships to individuals who express interest. Externs must be students who are enrolled at least half-time in an accredited law school. Externs arrange with their law schools to earn course credit in exchange for working at GAO. If you are interested in an externship, please submit a resume, cover letter, transcript, and writing sample to LegalCareers@gao.gov. In your cover letter, please indicate when you are available for an externship (for example, "fall 2015" or "2015-2016 academic year") and any deadlines associated with your law school's externship program.