Share your legal knowledge with FBI employees at all levels, advising on a broad spectrum of legal and legislative challenges affecting domestic and international law enforcement and intelligence operations, investigations and policies. Legal professionals also have the opportunity to use their skill sets to become Special Agents and Intelligence Analysts.

Office Of The General Counsel


The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) provides legal advice to the entire FBI, including the Director, FBI Headquarters executives and Special Agents in the 56 Field Offices, on a wide range of substantive legal issues. The OGC works closely with other elements of the Department of Justice (DOJ), members of the Intelligence Community, including the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), National Security Agency (NSA) and the White House. OGC also assists the FBI in forming partnerships with other federal, state, local and international agencies, as well as private-sector entities, in support of FBI operations. 

The Office of the General Counsel— 

  • Provides legal advice and representation on:
    • Investigative and administrative law.
    • National security and cyber law issues.
    • Law enforcement investigations.
  • Has more than 280 attorneys and support staff who practice within three branches:

    • Investigative and Administrative Law Branch (IALB)
      • Supports FBI operations with legal advice and counsel on administrative and investigative law issues to include all criminal law investigations.
    • Litigation Branch (LitB)
      • Represents the FBI in civil litigation filed against and by the agency to protect its interests and equities. Ensures that classified and sensitive information is protected from improper disclosure in civil and administrative proceedings. Provides strategic advice and counsel for FBI policymaking and congressional engagements.
    • National Security and Cyber Law Branch (NSCLB)
      • Provides professional, ethical and coordinated full-scope legal assistance in support of the FBI’s national security mission. 


FBI Legal Careers


Legal Career Opportunities

Legal professionals in the FBI have the opportunity to:

  • Work with international, federal, state and local partners in law enforcement and the Intelligence Community.
  • Advise on proposed operations and investigations, working closely with Special Agents, Intelligence Analysts and other professional staff.
  • Assess the legal implications of tools, technologies and techniques used by the FBI.
  • Gain exposure to all facets of FBI operations both at Headquarters and at Field Offices.

Several opportunities exist within the FBI OGC. Please check our job listings to find out more about open positions, keeping in mind that not all of these positions may be available at this time.

  • General Attorney
  • Legal Administrative Specialist
  • Paralegal
  • Legal Instruments Examiner




You may provide legal advice on all facets of complex and sensitive FBI matters in national security investigations, civil lawsuits, criminal cases and other legal affairs. You may also assist in forming partnerships with other law enforcement agencies (federal, state, local and international) in support of FBI operations.


Qualifications & Skills


How to Qualify for a Legal Career at the FBI

Applicants for legal professionals within the FBI must have extensive experience in the legal field for which they are applying. Legal professionals at the FBI should be detail-oriented and think strategically, as well as be able to analyze a variety of information from different sources. Candidates must also possess a JD from an accredited law school and be an active member in good standing in the bar of any U.S. jurisdiction, including the District of Columbia.  Applicants must also meet the FBI’s Employment Eligibility standards.

One year of post-J.D. legal experience or relevant comparable experience is required of lateral hires from other government agencies.