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Social Security Administration, Office of the General Counsel, Program Litigation Division 6

The Social Security Administration’s Office of the General Counsel seeks talented attorneys for its Office of Program Litigation, Division 6. We anticipate receiving hiring authority in Fall 2024.

WHY SSA: Social Security touches the lives of millions, providing vital services and a social safety net through disability, retirement, and survivor benefits. Our Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is a modern public service law office with a highly skilled, engaged, and diverse workforce. We strategically manage a large national workload through effective collaboration and coordination. Our attorneys handle meaningful and challenging legal work, while receiving a competitive salary and benefits.

WHY OGC’S OFFICE OF PROGRAM LITIGATION: OGC’s Office of Program Litigation (OPLit) promotes, advocates for, and protects SSA’s legal interests in federal court litigation involving Social Security benefit programs. Division 6 collaborates with the Department of Justice to represent the agency in federal district and circuit court litigation involving Social Security benefit programs in the Seventh and Tenth Circuits. Our work entails appellate-style litigation that requires a strong interest and aptitude for legal writing, oral advocacy, and public service.

OPLit attorneys have significant responsibility for their own caseloads. However, newly hired attorneys receive extensive training, mentoring, and other support. OGC offers a collegial environment in which both newer and experienced attorneys collaborate to share their expertise and develop their careers.

LOCATION, LICENSURE, AND COMPENSATION INFORMATION: OGC attorneys are required to report to one of our 11 office locations nationwide: Baltimore, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Kansas City, Denver, Seattle, or San Francisco. This position may be eligible for periodic telework. Our attorneys can be licensed in any state, territory, or the District of Columbia.

We anticipate hiring GS-11 through GS-14 attorneys. Salary depends on experience and location. Please see General Schedule ( to see the salary range in your location. In addition, our attorneys have access to a generous benefits package, including a pension.

HOW TO APPLY: Interested applicants should submit a resume, proof of active bar membership, law school transcript, and one current writing sample (15 pages or less). Writing samples will be evaluated based on an applicant’s ability to analyze a legal problem and clearly and concisely articulate the legal rationale or argument.

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