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OPLA attorneys help enforce the immigration and customs laws of the United States. The duties of the attorney position in the field consists 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 United States Attorney’s Offices in immigration and/or 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 Law Clerkships may apply for employment with OPLA here: https://www.dhs.gov/homeland-security-careers/honors-attorneys. The open enrollment period is August 1 – September 3, 2019 for placement in 2020. Both temporary and permanent positions are available throughout the United States, including the National Capitol Region. Please indicate your preferred location with OPLA on the mandatory checklist.

All other interested attorney applicants may apply through www.usajobs.gov. OPLA periodically posts Assistant Chief Counsel and Associate Legal Advisor vacancies offered at the GS12 to GS14 level. These positions are located throughout the United States, including the National Capitol Region. Please see the OPLA recruiting brochure for more information.

Last Reviewed/Updated: 08/05/2020