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Job Opportunities

Please visit the Job Announcements page for instructions on viewing and applying for open OAH positions.

Administrative Law Judges

The Commission on Selection and Tenure (“Commission”) appoints administrative law judges. The Mayor, the City Council, and the Chief Judge of the District of Columbia Superior Court each appoint one of the three voting members of the Commission. The requirements for appointment are set out in the Office of Administrative Hearings Establishment Act and regulations promulgated by the Commission.


The Office of the General Counsel includes attorneys who assist judges in legal analysis, research, and drafting while also providing legal support services to agency management. Attorneys must be members of the District of Columbia Bar to be eligible for hire. Paralegal positions require a college degree.

Legal Support Staff

Day-to-day case management and support to the judges are provided through the Clerk of the Court and the Clerk’s staff, which includes a variety of positions. They have regular, direct involvement with the public. In general, applicants must have college credits or equivalent experience. Facility in other languages is also useful.

Legal Interns

The Office of Administrative Hearings has a number of unpaid legal intern positions during the school year and summer. Applicants should have completed at least one semester of law school. An applicant should submit a resume, writing sample, transcript, and cover letter indicating the months available to work to [email protected] (Attn: Recruitment Committee).


The Office of Administrative Hearings from time to time accepts volunteers to work for a limited number of hours per week on a variety of projects. If you are interested in volunteering, send a cover letter indicating your skills and availability to [email protected] (Attn: Clerk of the Court).