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Our Mission

The Office of the Legal Adviser is organized into sections that roughly correspond with the Department of State's various bureaus. The Office of the Legal Adviser's regional bureaus oversee the U.S. embassies and consulates and coordinate U.S. foreign relations in their respective geographic areas. The Office of the Legal Adviser's functional bureaus have crosscutting, worldwide responsibilities for specific program areas.

Office Categories

Regional Offices

Attorneys in regional offices support those bureaus, dealing with such matters as protection of U.S. citizens and investments, problems in diplomatic and consular relations, interpretation and negotiation of treaties, military base rights and status of force issues, peaceful settlement of disputes, and trade matters.

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Functional Offices

Attorneys in functional offices support and advise in specific program areas.

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