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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.

See how OGC is organized.

GAO Attorneys Do Work That Matters

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.

Attorney Development Program Helps New Attorneys Excel

Entry-level attorneys join our two-year attorney development program, where you can start contributing immediately to GAO's work.

GAO Attorneys Have Great Benefits

GAO provides a full range of benefits to all staff, including attorneys.

OGC Vacancies

OGC has no open announcements for attorney positions at this time.

OGC Recruiting for Summer Associates

OGC's main recruiting tool for entry-level positions is our summer associate program for second-year law students.  For our 2015 summer program, OGC will conduct interviews at the following career fairs and law schools:

Career Fairs

Hispanic National Bar Association Career Fair
Mid-Atlantic Region of the National Black Law Students Association (MABLSA) Job Fair

Law Schools

American University Washington College of Law
University of California Berkeley School of Law
Columbia Law School
Cornell University Law School
George Mason University School of Law
The George Washington University Law School
Georgetown University Law Center
Howard University School of Law
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
University of Virginia School of Law
William & Mary Law School

Law students who expect to graduate in the spring of 2016 may also apply to OGC’s 2015 summer program by submitting a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, and writing sample of up to 10 pages to  Only applications received between July 14, 2014 and August 15, 2014 will be considered.  We will contact any applicant selected for an interview by August 29, 2014.  Interviews will generally be conducted via videoconference. Unfortunately because of the large number of applications we receive through our legal careers mailbox, we will be unable to personally reply to each applicant, apart from those invited to interview.

GAO’s Recruiting Policies and Diversity Statement