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SSA fills these positions in over 142 Hearing Offices located across the country. Generally, applicants must have seven years of appropriate legal experience and must apply to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to be considered. Complete information on the qualifications for this position can be found at: For information when applications can be submitted to OPM, you can go to:

Staff Attorney, Attorney-Advisor and Attorney-Examiner
Applying for the position of staff attorney, attorney-advisor or attorney-examiner is a simple process, if you have Bar membership. The Government does not require tests for these positions.

To be considered for a position at Social Security, you must apply for a specific vacancy announcement. (Unfortunately, we are unable to accept unsolicited applications.) Please use our Career Search tool to find the vacancy that most interests you. Follow the instructions in the vacancy announcement completely to ensure your best possible consideration.

You may submit a resume or the Optional Application for Federal Employment, OF-612. If you submit a resume please be sure to include all of the required information listed in the vacancy announcement. Visit the USAJOBS web site for more information about the Federal Application Process.







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For more information about legal positions in our headquarters or hearings offices, please call or write to the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review nearest you.


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