Frequently, a new attorney can be found working on a matter that involves hundreds
of millions of dollars, meeting with officials at all levels, including Admirals
and Generals, corporate presidents, and high-ranking Federal officers, or litigating
cases against prestigious members of the private bar. Even an attorney who joins
one of the best major law firms is extremely unlikely to have the responsibility
and exposure in the first few years that an OGC attorney will experience.
In OGC, a new attorney learns the basic legal skills by actually practicing them,
thus starting to master a significant body of substantive law, primarily Government
contract, civilian personnel, environmental, and intellectual property law. OGC
also supports continuous training for its attorneys throughout their careers, providing
them with the tools necessary to stay at the forefront of their practice areas.
OGC attorneys generally attend the Contract Attorneys’ Course at the Army
JAG School in Charlottesville, VA soon after being hired. Opportunities for continuing
education are also provided at OGC new attorney orientation training, OGC supervisory
training, and May and October conferences. OGC attorneys also regularly attend training
courses in labor, environmental, acquisition and fiscal law, ethics and standards
of conduct, and Freedom of Information / Privacy Act at the three JAG schools and
the Department of Justice National Advocacy Center in South Carolina. Further, computer
aided legal research is encouraged, with support and training available in use of
the Internet and commercial computer aided research services. Additionally, OGC
has a sophisticated Intranet website where it shares not only substantive legal
knowledge but also information about the organization as a whole.