Federal Government Employment

Getting an attorney position with the federal government can be a challenge, but the landscape is getting better and better for military spouses! For background information on federal hiring preferences, check out this article.

For specific opportunities, be sure to familiarize yourself with the following military spouse hiring initiatives!

Army Office of the Judge Advocate General Noncompetitive Military Spouse Attorney Placement Program: Email your resumé and a copy of your spouse’s orders to be added to the military spouse attorney database for civilian attorney positions with the Army.  Point of contact is:  

Heather S. Ingrum Gipson:
JAG Corps Military Spouse Attorney Hiring Program Manager & CP-56 Assistant Chief
Office of the Judge Advocate General
Labor & Employment Division
2200 Army Pentagon, Rm 3D548
Washington, DC 20310-2200
Office:  (703) 697-3810

U.S. Air Force Military Spouse Attorney Hiring Program:  The Program allows military spouse attorneys to be noncompetitively hired into civilian attorney positions in the U.S. Air Force TJAG’s hiring authority pursuant to Air Force Instruction 51-101, Chapter 9.  It requires the attorney to be a graduate of an ABA-accredited law school; be licensed and in good standing; reside within the local commuting area of, or have orders to, the position’s locale; and meet the Department of Defense Instruction 14402.02 and Air Force Instruction 51-101 minimum qualifications. The Program is limited to military spouse attorneys currently married to a military sponsor “in the Regular component” of any branch of service. Additional eligibility requirements are listed in this announcement.  To be considered for this Program, the military spouse attorney must be registered with the U.S. Air Force Professional Development Directorate of the Office of The Judge Advocate General (AF/JAX) and submit this form. For further information, military spouse attorneys can contact the Legal Career Field Team at AFPC.Legal.CFT@us.af.mil or 703-614-3021.  

Department of Defense Office of General Counsel: DOD Office of General Counsel maintains a resume bank that supervising attorneys use throughout DOD OGC, DLSA, and field offices to fill vacant attorney positions. All individuals, whether or not currently employed as DoD civilian attorneys, interested in being considered for such positions are invited to submit resumés, for inclusion in the DoD General Counsel’s resumé file. Click here for instructions. (DOD is not a MSJDN partner but welcomes military spouse attorneys to apply).