For Entry-level Opportunities

If you are in law school, about to graduate, or are newly graduated, you may be eligible to apply to the Chief Counsel Honors ProgramSummer Legal Program, or Volunteer Legal Externship Program (Extern Program).

  • Interviews are regularly conducted on campus primarily in the fall at law schools throughout the country.
  • Application packages are accepted primarily in the fall for Honors positions and summer legal positions. Externship applications are accepted throughout the year.

Applicants should use the following links to apply to the Honors Program and Summer Legal Program during fall 2019:

A complete application package is composed of:

  • resume (please include GPA and class rank, if available)
  • law school transcript (unofficial copy is fine)
  • a 5 to 10 page writing sample
  • a completed Office of Chief Counsel Application (Form 6524) - only required when applying for paid positions

The forms may be accessed using these links:

  • Form 6524 can be downloaded here. (You must be in Internet Explorer when downloading this document.)
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If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit the following:

  • Copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge.
  • Ten-point preference eligibles must also submit an application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form. An SF-15 may be found at (1,239KB PDF*).
  • Memo from your current military personnel office (if you are claiming preference but are currently in the military). This memo must include years of service, projected terminal leave date, campaign and expeditionary medals (including Purple Heart, if applicable) and statement about the character of service (honorable).

For more information on veterans' preference, click this link:

If you have any questions about the application process, please e-mail us:

For Experienced Professionals

If you are an attorney with more than one year of legal experience, you are invited to apply to specific vacancy announcements. All vacancies are posted on the Office of Personnel Management website.

Please visit our careers page for more information about current opportunities with the Office of Chief Counsel.

Pre-Employment Conditions

All appointments are subject to favorable completion of security and character investigations, as well as a tax check. New appointees must pay all travel and transportation expenses to their first post of duty. Such expenses may qualify for a deduction from gross income for purposes of federal income taxation.

Applicants with Disabilities

The Office of Chief Counsel, IRS provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

The Office of Chief Counsel, IRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Selection for positions will be based solely on merit without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, political affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, marital status or other differences.

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