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U.S. EPA Office of General Counsel

The Office of General Counsel (OGC) is the chief legal advisor to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the federal agency with primary responsibility for implementing the nation's environmental laws. OGC attorneys provide counsel to EPA policy makers on legal issues associated with implementing these environmental laws, as well as the laws governing the day-to-day operations of a federal agency. Approximately 160 attorneys work in OGC. Our principal office is located at EPA's headquarters complex in downtown Washington, DC. OGC is organized by practice area into eight law offices: Air and Radiation, Pesticides and Toxic Substances, Solid Waste and Emergency Response, Water, Cross-Cutting Issues, Alternative Dispute Resolution, General Law, and Civil Rights and Finance Law.

OGC Honors Legal Fellowship Program

This is a highly competitive two-year fellowship to start in September 2014. The key objectives are to provide recent law school graduates with the opportunity to practice public sector general or environmental law and to provide OGC with highly-motivated, talented, and diverse entry-level lawyers who are interested in a variety of legal work on cutting-edge administrative and environmental law issues. The effectiveness of EPA's legal responsibilities depends upon the recruitment and hiring of excellent and diverse legal talent. We recognize the need for attorneys and legal interns of varied backgrounds and skills and offer an inclusive environment that relies on those diverse perspectives to ensure that we effectively serve the American people. Students who participate in our programs will experience a new era of outreach and protection for communities historically underrepresented in EPA decision-making. The Agency is building strong working relationships with tribes, communities of color, economically distressed cities and towns, young people and others, but this is just a start. Therefore, we want to make sure we are recruiting the best, the brightest and most diverse EPA ever and ensure EPA is a place for people who are talented, smart, and passionate about protecting the environment.


The 2014 OGC Honors Legal Fellowship Program is open to highly-qualified applicants with outstanding academic records who are graduating law school (May 2014) or have completed a judicial clerkship or have prior law experience within 2 to 3 years of graduation from an ABA-accredited law school. OGC is seeking applicants with excellent analytical and writing abilities, a strong commitment to public service, effective "people" skills, and an ability to take on significant responsibility.


Applications must consist of a cover letter/personal statement, resume, law school transcript, writing sample demonstrating analysis of a complex legal issue (5-page minimum), and references. All required documents must be submitted for consideration in this fellowship opportunity. Note: We are also requesting applicants to submit the attached voluntary Demographic Information Form OMB No. 3046-0046 which is used to determine the effectiveness of our outreach efforts.

The application package must be received in the office by February 3, 2014. Please send electronic applications to Angela Perkins or mail to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW (MC - 2311A), WJC North, Room 4315D, ATTN: Angela Perkins, Washington DC 20460.


Angela Perkins, (202) 564-0052

Email: Acting Attorney Recruitment Coordinator

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW (MC - 2311A)

WJC North, Room 4315D

Washington DC 20460


Selected applicants will be invited for interviews, at the candidate's expense, in Washington, DC. Offers will be made by the end of March 2014.


These are full-time, two-year appointments paid at the GS-11 (first year) and GS-12 (second year) levels. Benefits that are available include annual and sick leave, health insurance, life insurance, flexible work schedules, family medical leave, Thrift Savings Plan, and transit subsidy.

EPA is an equal opportunity employer. Selection for this position will be based solely on merit without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, political affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, marital or family status or other differences. Veterans are encouraged to apply.

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