EEOC - Office of Legal Counsel

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
Office of Legal Counsel

The Office of Legal Counsel (OLC), akin to an in-house counsel, is located at EEOC Headquarters in Washington, D.C. 

Office Overview:

Coordination and Guidance Program attorneys draft regulations and policy documents interpreting federal antidiscrimination laws that apply to the majority of U.S. workplaces. They also work with other federal agencies on equal employment opportunity issues to ensure consistency and eliminate duplication of enforcement efforts across the federal government. Its attorneys also advise the EEOC Commissioners, EEOC offices, and the public about EEOC policy matters.

Advice and External Litigation Division attorneys defend EEOC in all litigation brought by outside parties, draft regulations and guidance on the Commission's charge processing and federal sector functions; and provide legal advice on issues including ethics, administrative law, fiscal law, and procurement. This unit currently does not accept interns.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Program attorneys and staff oversee the EEOC's compliance with FOIA legal and reporting requirements, respond to document requests from the public, and maintain the EEOC's FOIA regulations and policy.

Positions Available: Current law students may apply for unpaid positions in the Coordination and Guidance Program and the Freedom of Information Act Program.

OLC interns may perform in-depth legal research, prepare detailed legal memoranda, help draft guidance on how to comply with EEOC-enforced laws, update agency materials to reflect recent legal developments, and respond to disclosure requests made under the Freedom of Information Act or other disclosure authority. Interns may have the opportunity to attend public Commission meetings or forums covering various employment discrimination topics, and/or coordination meetings with other federal agencies.

Internship Program Requirements: The Office of Legal Counsel internship program accepts law students who possess strong legal research, analysis, and writing skills. Students should possess a demonstrated interest in civil rights issues, labor and employment law, or public interest law. The OLC also prefers students with membership on a law review, academic journal, moot court or similar organization with legal writing requirements.