Attorney-Advisor (Instructor)

Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC)
Salary Range
$94,373 - $144,976

Unique, exciting opportunity to teach law in a law enforcement setting. Attorney instructors serve the Border Patrol Academy in Artesia, NM by providing courses in 4th Amendment searches and seizures, immigration law, and more. Please contact Pepperdine alumna Alex Boutelle at or (507) 358-6631 to learn more.

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“The Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC), through strategic partnerships, prepares the federal law enforcement community to safeguard America's people, property, and institutions." ” We are a unique inter-agency organization preparing the next generation of law enforcement officers to meet our Nation's most pressing security challenges." Click here to learn more.


This position is located in the Artesia Legal Division within the Office of Chief Counsel under the Director's Office of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) in Artesia, NM.   As an Attorney-Advisor (Instructor) you are a valuable member of the FLETC team and mission.  You will serve as one of the Attorney-Advisors assigned to research, develop, design, conduct, deliver, and support law enforcement training provided by the FLETC to its partner organizations and various other customers.  Typical assignments include:

  • Serving as an instructor, subject-matter expert, and program/course developer in the assigned legal program/course areas of law enforcement such as Constitutional Law, Fourth Amendment, Self-incrimination, Federal Court Procedures, Authority and Jurisdiction, Federal Fraud Statues, Federal Firearms Violations, Rules of Evidence, Electronic Law and Evidence, Officer Liability, Criminal Law, Obstruction of Justice, Terrorism and National Security Law, False Statements, Courtroom Testimony, Assault, Bribery, legal subject matter of Indian Law, and other emerging areas of law.
  • Selecting appropriate instructional methods, equipment and materials, and developing the courses and providing instruction, guidance, and direction to the class in accomplishing specific learning objectives.
  • Overseeing and/or participating in developing/revising course and program materials.
  • Monitoring progress of students, documenting results, and/or recommending remedial and corrective action.
  • Serving as a liaison contact with other programs and agencies concerning course curriculum assessments, student problems, evaluation and remedial procedures.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must successfully pass a background investigation.
  • You will need to set up direct deposit so we can pay you.
  • This position requires you to have access, safeguard, and store classified national security information on a regular basis. You must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid state issued driver's license to conduct official government business.
  • This position is eligible for situational-only telework based on agency policy.
  • Overtime work may be required.
  • Must be able to pass and maintain FLETC Law Enforcement Instructor certification within 12 months of employment.
  • This is not a bargaining unit position.
  • Current and former federal employees within the General Schedule (GS) must meet the time-in-grade requirements outlined in the "Qualifications" section of this announcement.


Please limit your résumé to 5 pages. If more than 5 pages are submitted, only the first 5 pages will be reviewed to determine your eligibility/qualifications. Please visit website for further guidance regarding this page limit.

All applicants must meet the qualification requirements listed below by the closing date of this announcement.

All applicants must be graduates of a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association.  Applicants must possess the first professional law degree (LL.B. or JD) or the second professional law degree (LL.M).  Please provide a copy of your transcripts.

All applicants must also be an active bar member in good standing in every jurisdiction in which you are licensed of a state or territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and have a license to practice law.

In addition to the requirements listed above, to qualify at the GS-13 grade level you must possess specialized professional legal experience in excess of two years equivalent to the GS-12 level demonstrated by substantial legal writing and communication skills; conducting original legal research and legal analysis, in addition to experience presenting legal course material through a variety of instructional methodologies, including lecture, practical exercise, webinars, and distance learning.

Time-in-Grade: Current and former federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the GS-12 grade level in the federal service. The time-in-grade requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

In addition to the requirements listed above, to qualify at the GS-14 grade level you must possess specialized professional legal experience in excess of three years equivalent to the GS-13 level demonstrated by substantial legal writing and communication skills; conducting original legal research and legal analysis; providing instruction in legal subjects at a college/university, police post or training academy for a period of at least one year; authoring and publishing articles on substantive legal matters; experience presenting substantive material at nationally recognized conferences; and demonstrated expertise in a significant field of law related to law enforcement.

Time-in-Grade: Current and former federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the GS-13 grade level in the federal service. The time-in-grade requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps and AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

Physical Demands: There are a range of physical demands depending on the course demands. The work requires walking, standing, bending, kneeling, lying or sitting, reaching above shoulders, use of fingers and both hands and legs and climbing stairs and/or ladders that may be tiring or uncomfortable for periods of 4 hours or longer. There is a need for clear vision with the ability to distinguish people, objects, basic colors, shades of colors during day and nighttime hours; and hearing at a level to understand normal conversations with extraneous background noise, hearing aids are permitted. There is the need for moderate lifting, and potentially heavy carrying of equipment and packages or containers, and rearranging prop furniture and other training aids. Travel to field locations to coordinate training activities is involved.

Work Environment: The normal workplace is a classroom or office although some outside settings are used in excessive heat, ultraviolet rays, cold, humidity and dampness, dust, slippery or uneven walking surfaces, working around moving objects or vehicles.  Occasionally the incumbent may be exposed to fumes, smoke, or gases, solvents, grease, oils, and explosives.  The incumbent must also be able to work closely with others or alone; normal hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. however overtime and alternate work schedules may be implemented.  Appropriate safety practices will be utilized at all times.  Safety gear will be used if needed.

Job posted 5/11/22