General Attorney

Department Of Homeland Security Houston , TX 77020

Posted 2 months ago

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Organizational Location: This announcement will be used to fill multiple vacancies at OPLA Field Office locations. Although the announcement is advertised for multiple locations, it is not intended to convey that vacancies will be filled at all locations. The salary range listed is the base salary rate; locality pay is not included in this figure. General Schedule locality pay tables may be found under Salaries & Wages.

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ICE is the investigative arm of DHS, and our attorneys help enforce the immigration and customs laws of the United States. The responsibilities of the position consist primarily of representation of the United States Government in removal proceedings before Immigration Judges, frequently involving applicants for asylum or for other forms of relief under immigration laws. Additional duties include providing legal advice and support to the other ICE components and litigation support to 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.

Applicants must possess the following characteristics and competencies: integrity, judgment, organizational skills, communication skills, reliability, perseverance, decisiveness, initiative, professionalism, the ability to function independently and as part of a team, interpersonal relationship skills, and outstanding written and oral advocacy skills. The selectees will be required to have or be able to obtain a security clearance at the Secret level.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position

  • Must pass background investigation and drug screen for federal employment

  • Selective Service registration for males born after 12/31/1959

  • Relevant Experience (see Qualifications and Evaluations Tab)

  • Complete Application Package (see How to Apply Tab)


Applicants with fewer than five (5) years of experience practicing law must submit a copy of their law school transcript and grade point average or class ranking as part of the application package.

Qualifications by Cut-off Dates: Unless otherwise noted, you must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements by 11:59 P.M. Eastern Standard Time by the cut off dates listed in the "How You Will be Evaluated" section order to be considered for that cut-off period. Please note that qualification claims will be subject to verification.


Applicants must be a graduate of a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association and an active member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

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General Attorney

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