Office of General Counsel - How to Apply

For all open positions visit ODNI's Career Opportunities page or IntelligenceCareers.gov.


General Employment Requirements


  • Candidates must be eligible to receive and maintain a Top Secret security clearance and Sensitive Compartmented Information access based on a comprehensive background investigation and CI polygraph.
  • Attorneys must be admitted to and maintain active membership in the Bar of a state, the District of Columbia, a U.S. territory, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
  • All ODNI new hires must successfully complete a two-year probationary period.


Training & Detail Opportunities


OGC invests significantly in our staff’s continuing professional development. We harness training opportunities inside the government and in the private sector to equip our personnel with continuing legal education, relevant technical and operational expertise, and leadership development skills to continue to meet our mission of excellence.


Integration across departments and agencies is a key component to OGC’s success. OGC is an active participant in the IC Civilian Joint Duty Program, and our attorneys are encouraged to complete a joint duty assignment, typically of one or two years’ duration, with another IC element or federal department or agency. While on joint duty, attorneys remain OGC employees whose pay and benefits continue to be administered by ODNI. OGC also routinely hosts lawyers for other IC elements who wish to complete joint duty program rotations with us.