The Department of Justice puts a high priority on the personal and professional development of its attorneys and seeks to ensure that their entry into government service is as smooth as possible. When new attorneys join Justice, they are assigned a more experienced attorney through the Mentor Program. Mentors help new attorneys navigate their way and orient them to their office, DOJ, and federal practice. They help new attorneys build their confidence and shorten their learning curve. Mentors are a valuable resource as they are the person to ask the many questions all new attorneys have about work and life at Justice.
Federal work is both challenging and rewarding. We recognize that pay disparities often exist between federal attorney salaries and those of its private sector counterparts. One way Justice tries to make up for that difference is through student loan repayments.
The Attorney Student Loan Repayment Program (ASLRP) provides student loan repayments for qualifying student loans in exchange for a three year service obligation. Justice requires a minimum aggregate loan balance of $10,000 to initially qualify, and it matches individual attorney payments up to a maximum of $6,000 per year.
ASLRP is highly competitive, and open to both entry-level and experienced attorneys. For additional information, view the ASLRP Policy.
The Department’s work-life philosophy offers an array of benefits to support employees and maximize their performance through practical and workable solutions to balancing the demands of work and personal lives. Benefits include: family-friendly leave programs, dependent care support (including a child care center and emergency child care services in the Washington, D.C. area), dependent care resource and referral services, and flexible work options. An Employee Assistance Program offers confidential counseling and referral services.