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Job Details for Legal Advisor

Announcement Number: 19-FISC-02
Court: U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court
City, State: Washington, DC
Court Website:
Permanent Position: Permanent
Job Grade: JSP-16
Minimum Salary: $161,671
Maximum Salary: $176,900
Closing Date: 02/29/2020
Position Description

The United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court seeks to hire a Legal Advisor to assist the Judges of the Court in considering applications presented by the U.S. government for authority to conduct electronic surveillance, physical search or other forms of intelligence gathering pursuant to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The Legal Advisors advise Judges on legal issues presented in applications or otherwise before the Court.


The Court invites applications from attorneys with at least eight years of legal work experience, including at least one year equivalent to work at the JSP-15 (or the GS-15) level. The Court is particularly interested in applicants with expertise in intelligence law, constitutional law, privacy or communications technology and the law. Litigation experience is desirable. To be considered, an applicant must be a licensed attorney and a member in good standing of the bar of at least one jurisdiction, and possess a current Top Secret/SCI security clearance.


Full-time employees of the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court are eligible for a full range of benefits to include:

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United States citizenship is required for consideration for this position. 

Employees must possess a current Top Secret/SCI security clearance.

Employees of the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court are excepted service appointments. Excepted service appointments are “at will” and can be terminated with or without cause by the court.

Employees are required to adhere to the Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees.

Employees are required to use Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) for payroll deposit.

Selection will be made consistent with the provisions of the Equal Employment Opportunity Plan adopted by the United States District and Bankruptcy Courts for the District of Columbia.

The Court reserves the right to modify the conditions of this announcement.

How To Apply

To be considered for this “at will” position, applicants are required to submit the following:

Applications may be e-mailed to:

Failure to submit a complete and signed cover letter, AO-78, and resume will result in immediate disqualification. Description of Work section of the AO-78 must be complete to include salary information. Indicating “see resume” is not acceptable. Incomplete and/or unsigned applications will not be considered, returned or retained. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted and must travel at their own expense. One application per candidate will be accepted for this announcement.