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Honors Attorney Program

How to Apply


The Honors Attorney Program is a two-year program, which begins in even-numbered years.  To be eligible for our next program starting in September 2014, you must be a U.S. citizen graduating from law school in Spring 2014 or completing a judicial clerkship in the Summer 2014.  For law students graduating in odd-numbered years who are interested in our program, we encourage you to seek a judicial clerkship or fellowship so that you remain eligible to apply. 

Hiring Process

Characteristics of a Competitive Candidate

  • Class Rank: G.P.A of 3.0 or higher; Top 50% required
  • Demonstrated commitment to public service
  • Exceptional writing and analytical skills
  • Law journal or secondary journal preferred but not required
  • Clinical activities, moot court, trial advocacy preferred but not required
  • Demonstrated involvement in activities beyond required coursework

Honors Attorney Program

The Department’s Honors Attorney Program offers new law graduates (and recent law graduates completing judicial clerkships or fellowships) a unique opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the Department’s diverse law practice. During the two-year program, honors attorneys rotate once in the Department's Office of the General Counsel and in up to five Chief Counsels' Offices of the Department’s operating administrations.