THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S HONORS PROGRAM
Many distinguished attorneys began their careers through the Attorney General’s Honors Program -- the largest and most prestigious federal entry-level attorney hiring program of its kind.
Eligibility for the Honors Program
Eligibility is generally limited to graduating law students and recent law school graduates who entered judicial clerkships, graduate law programs, or qualifying legal fellowships within 9 months of law school graduation and who meet additional eligibility requirements.
Every year, various components and U.S. Attorneys' Offices hire entry-level attorneys through the Honors Program. The number of entry-level attorney positions varies from year to year. Review the list of the components participating this year. New for 2014: The Gaye L. Tenoso Indian Country Fellowship.
Justice takes pride in the fact that we consider the “whole candidate” when making selections for employment. Selections are made based on many elements of a candidate’s background including a demonstrated commitment to government service, academic achievement, leadership, law review or moot court experience, legal aid and clinical experience, past employment, and extracurricular activities that relate to the work of Justice and the relevant component.
Every year the Department hires a significant number of entry-level attorneys through the Honors Program. Selectees represent diverse backgrounds and interests, and come from law schools throughout the country. The Honors Program is centrally managed by the Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management, but each participating component reviews the applications submitted and makes independent hiring decisions.
How to Apply
Candidates interested in starting their career as an entry-level attorney with Justice must apply through the Attorney General’s Honors Program via an on-line application. For employment beginning in 2015, the application opens on July 31, 2014, and closes on September 2, 2014. We highly recommend that applicants read the application tips and checklist and assemble requested information before starting the online application. If you need an accommodation in order to complete the application, please contact Deana Willis at (202) 514-3397 for assistance. If you have questions related to the on-line application or need technical assistance, please click the "Avue Dojo" link at the top right of the application or call the Avue Help Desk at 1-800-407-0147 (available Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time).
- July 31: Application Opens
- Early September (day after Labor Day): Application deadline
- Late September: Interview candidates selected
- October 20 - November 7: Main Honors Program interview period
- Late November - February: Offers Extended
If you are Selected for an Interview
If you are selected for an interview for the Honors Program, see Honors Program Interviews for information about selection, the notification process, interview and travel schedules, and reimbursement.
- Salary, Promotion, and Benefits Information
- Conditions of Employment (Hiring Process, Policies, Requirements)
- Components, Offices and U.S. Attorneys’ Offices
- Disability Hiring
Applications for the current Honors Program recruitment cycle are now closed. We anticipate applications for the Honors Program 2015-2016 will open on July 31, 2015.