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OPLA attorneys help enforce the immigration and customs laws of the United States. The duties of the Assistant Chief Counsel position in the field consist primarily of representing the U.S. Government in removal proceedings before Immigration Judges, frequently involving applicants for asylum or other forms of relief under immigration laws. Additional duties include providing legal advice and support to the other ICE components and litigation support to the U.S. Attorney’s Offices in immigration and customs matters. The position also involves appellate advocacy before the Board of Immigration Appeals, including the preparation of briefs and other pleadings.

Prospective and recent law school graduates as well as those completing judicial clerkships may apply for employment with OPLA here: The open application period is August 1 – September 7, 2021 for placement in 2022. Positions are available throughout the United States, including the National Capital Region. Please indicate your preferred location with OPLA on the mandatory checklist.

All other interested attorney applicants may apply through OPLA periodically posts vacancies for Assistant Chief Counsel positions in the field, at the GS-11 to GS-14 level, and Associate Legal Advisor positions at headquarters, at the GS-11 to GS-15 level. These positions are located throughout the United States, including the National Capital Region. Please see the OPLA recruiting brochure for more information.


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Updated: 09/03/2021