The General Counsel is the chief legal advisor to the Secretary and the chief legal officer for the Department of Homeland Security. The General Counsel and his staff ensure that Department activities comply with all legal requirements, as well as integrate the attorneys and staff throughout the Department into a cohesive, full-service legal team.
Attorneys from the Office of the General Counsel and its major components play major roles in crafting, developing, and defending policies relating to many of the most important issues facing the nation today, including counterterrorism, immigration and border security, emergency response and recovery, and countless other matters.
Career Opportunities with the Office of the General Counsel
Attorney hiring at the Department of Homeland Security is decentralized; each component within DHS conducts its own recruitment process. For the Headquarters Office of the General Counsel, attorneys can apply to specific vacancy announcements on USAJOBS or submit a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org describing their interest and highlighting relevant experience within the Office of the General Counsel's practice areas.