Who May Apply

Open to ALL
U.S. Citizens

Opening Date:
December 22, 2016

Closing Date:
January 6, 2017 (11:59 pm) Eastern Standard Time

Questions regarding this opening should be directed to
Quiana Jenkins

Job Summary

General Attorney, GS-14/15

Office of the General Counsel

Forensic Sciences Law (FLSU)

Huntsville, AL

Working Hours:
9:00 am – 5:30 pm

GS-14 $101,548.00 – $132,015.00

GS-15 $119,449.00 – $155,289.00

Full Performance level:

Number of Positions Available: 1

Full Time/Permanent

The Forensic Sciences Law Unit (FSLU) provides legal advice and guidance on matters as diverse as:

  • All forensic evidence analysis disciplines conducted by the FBI Laboratory and TEDAC to include: DNA, fingerprints, firearms and toolmarks, trace evidence analysis, handwriting and shoeprints/tire treads analysis, chemistry, toxicology, cryptanalysis, explosives, fire debris and evidence collection.
  • Providing expert-level legal advice and guidance relating to forensic matters for both domestic and international prosecutions involving analysis conducted by the FBI Laboratory and TEDAC.
  • Providing discovery material, witness testimony, discussing pre-trial matters and attending pre-trial meetings with attorneys and examiners.
  • Liaise with the Department of Justice (DOJ) including other DOJ component laboratories regarding forensic legal and policy issues.
  • Developing legal training modules for forensic examiners and providing legal instruction regarding testimony challenges and court proceedings.

Additional selections may be made from this announcement to fill positions within the same division when the position includes substantially the same duties, responsibilities, and qualifications.

Key Requirements

  • Must be a US citizen
  • Must be able to obtain a Top Secret clearance
  • ALL applicants must verify completion of the basic education requirement by submitting a copy of Law school transcripts by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

Mission Statement

The mission of the FBI is to protect the American People and uphold the Constitution of the United States.

Major Duties


  • Legal policy advice and guidance to the FBI’s Science & Technology Branch, which is responsible for the application of scientific, engineering, and technical solutions in order to access, collect, forensically analyze, and exploit information in support of the FBI’s intelligence and investigative missions.
  • Real-time and effective legal guidance, advice and operational support for the immediate operational and investigative issues involving the Laboratory Division and more specifically it’s Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center (TEDAC). TEDAC is a whole of government center conducting forensic and technical exploitation of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and related material that provides actionable intelligence, supports criminal prosecution and enhances force protection. TEDAC was designated by the Department of Justice as the strategic IED exploitation and intelligence center in support of the National Counter-IED Strategy as delineated in the Presidential Policy Directive 17.
  • TEDAC applies scientific capabilities and technical services to the collection, processing, and exploitation of IEDs for the FBI and other duly constituted law enforcement agencies in support of investigative and intelligence priorities.
  • Identifying and addressing gaps in legal policy provided to FBIHQ and Field Divisions directly under the purview of the Science & Technology Branch.
  • Works closely with the FBI’s Office of Congressional Affairs (OCA), to identify gaps in legal authorities and to develop a legislative strategy to further advance the mission of the FBI.

In addition to the above duties:

  • Servicing as the legal expert regarding forensic sciences and forensic evidence in meetings attended by senior FBI officials and attorneys from other Federal agencies and forensic institutions.
  • Provide expert-level legal advice and guidance in multiple areas in support of international and domestic terrorism investigations.
  • Developing legal policy solutions, including legislative and administrative proposals, regarding the practice of forensic science and FBI operations.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Please make sure your specialized experience/requirement(s) can be identified in your resume.
Applicants must meet the qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Your application will be evaluated and rated under the FBI’s Candidate Rating Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed in this announcement. Names of candidates deemed as Most Competitive will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration. Veterans’ preference will be applied.

All applicants will be rated on the following Competencies

  • Governance and Legal Jurisprudence
  • Analysis
  • Oral/Written Communication
  • Research
  • Leadership
  • Collaboration
  • Problem-Solving Skills

Positive Education Requirement

This position has a specific education requirement; all applicants must verify completion of this basic educational requirement by submitting a copy of their college transcripts by the closing date of the vacancy announcement

: All applicants must possess a law degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, a be an active member of the bar (any US jurisdiction).

Applicants applying for the GS-14 must also have 2.5 or more years post J.D. attorney experience.

Applicants applying for the GS-15 must also have 4 or more years of post J.D. attorney experience.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements provided you can show foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States


Applicant must possess a J.D. degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association (or have a LLM degree or other graduate law degree in addition to a J.D.) and be an active member of the bar (any US jurisdiction).

All degrees must be from an accredited college or university.

Please be advised candidates that are selected for this position, must be approved by the Department of Justice, before they can complete the FBI’s background process.

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