Honors Program Participating Components

 


Listed below are the 2014-2015 Attorney General's Honors Program participating components.  Applicants must meet Honors Program eligibility requirements for all positions listed below. Offers for Honors Program positions will specify whether the position is permanent or time-limited (for example, not to exceed 24 or 36 months). Time-limited appointments may, at the component's discretion, be extended or converted to permanent positions without further competition. Some offices (e.g. U.S. Attorneys' Offices) may impose additional eligibility criteria (e.g. bar admission or judicial clerkship requirements).  Applicants must meet any additional specified eligibility criteria by the application deadline.

New This Year: ATTORNEY GENERAL'S INDIAN COUNTRY FELLOWSHIP

This three-year Fellowship, open to all eligible Honors Program applicants, is designed to create a new pipeline of legal talent with expertise and deep experience in federal Indian law, tribal law, and Indian Country issues that can be deployed in creative ways to build tribal capacity, combat violent crime, and bolster public safety in Indian County jurisdictions. Each Fellow will be afforded the opportunity to serve a detail with an appropriate tribal legal or governmental entity.

Antitrust Division  |  Civil Division  |  Civil Rights Division  |  Criminal Division  |  Drug Enforcement Administration  Environment & Natural Resources Division  Executive Office for Immigration Review  Federal Bureau of Prisons  Indian Country Fellowship Tax Division  National Security Division  |  Office of Information Policy  |  Office of the Inspector General  | Tax Division  U.S. Attorney's Offices  U.S. Trustee Program 

Name of Component Estimated Number of Hires

Antitrust Division

The Antitrust Division offers permanent positions: 11 in Washington, D.C.; 1 in San Francisco, 1 in Chicago, and 1 in New York City

14

Civil Division

The Civil Division offers permanent positions. Participating branches are:

  • Appellate Staff (2)
  • Commercial Litigation Branch (5)
  • Consumer Protection Branch (2)
  • Federal Programs Branch (4)
  • Office of Immigration Litigation (10)
  • Torts Branch (6)

29

Civil Rights Division

The Civil Rights Division offers permanent positions.

12

Criminal Division

  • Regular Trial Attorney (8)

    • These are permanent positions.
  • Asset Forfeiture Fellowship Program (4)
    • This is a three-year fellowship which may be extended or converted to a permanent position.
12

Drug Enforcement Administration
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Administrative Law Judges hire for 1 year judicial clerkships: initial appointments do not exceed 14 months. Clerkships may be extended for a second year. These are not prosecutorial positions. DEA law clerks may reapply to the Honors Program in a subsequent year for positions in other components provided they meet eligibility criteria.

3

Environment & Natural Resources Division

ENRD offers permanent positions.

15

Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR)

  • Office of the Chief Immigration Judge (70)
    (Immigration Courts Nationwide)
  • Office of General Counsel (1)
    (Washington, DC)
  • Board of Immigration Appeals (4)
    (Washington, DC)
  • Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (2)
    (Washington, DC)

EOIR Honors Program hires serve 2 year judicial clerkships and term appointments. The Office of General Counsel and Board of Immigration Appeals may consider extensions or convert to permanent positions. Individuals hired through the Honors Program may reapply to the Honors Program in a subsequent year for positions in other components provided they meet eligibility criteria.

77

Federal Bureau of Prisons

The Federal Bureau of Prisons offers a two-year fellowship.

4

Indian Country Fellowship

This is a three-year Fellowship open to all eligible Honors Program applicants, including current law students graduating in the coming academic year. 

Applicants who accept an offer from a District located in a jurisdiction that requires State bar admission must become admitted to that bar within 12 months of entry on duty.

Whether or not the jurisdiction requires admission to that State's bar, all Indian Country Fellows must be admitted to a bar (any U.S. jurisdiction) within 12 months of appointment.

Incoming Fellows who are not admitted to a bar (or who have not recently taken a bar with results pending) are expected to take the first available bar examination for which they are eligible (i.e., a May 2015 law school graduate should take the July 2015 bar exam).

The Selection Panel will not consider where the applicant ranked the Fellowship in order of preference on the online application when selecting interview candidates: the applicant can rank the Fellowship third on his or her preference list and it will be considered in the same way as an applicant who ranked it first.

Participating Districts are:

District of Arizona

  • Fellow must obtain Pasqua Yaqui Tribal Bar certification.

District of Colorado

  • Fellow must graduate from an accredited law school, be admitted to a bar (any State or the District of Columbia), and be licensed to practice in a state to join the U.S. District Court Bar in Colorado.

District of Minnesota

  • Admission to the Minnesota State Bar preferred but not required.

Southern District of Mississippi

  • Admission to Mississippi State bar required.  Fellow must become admitted to practice before the Choctaw Court.

District of Nebraska

District of North Dakota (Western Division)

  • Local rules provide any member in good standing of the bar of any Federal court or of the highest court of any state or hte District of Columbia may apply for adminssion to the bar of hte United States District Court for the District of North Dakota.

District of South Dakota

  • Admission to the South Dakota State Bar required.

Eastern District of Oklahoma

  • Fellow must graduate from an accredited law school, be admitted to a bar (any State or the District of Columbia).

Northern District of Oklahoma

  • Fellow must graduate from an accredited law school, be admitted to a bar (any State or the District of Columbia).
1

National Security Division

The National Security Division offers permanent positions.

3

Tax Division

Tax Division offers permanent positions. Applicants may designate their interest in specific sections on the application.

  • Tax (Civil Section) (6)
  • Tax (Criminal Section) (6)

12

U.S. Trustee Program

These are permanent positions that may be offered at the Executive Office for U.S. Trustees (EOUST) in Washington, DC; or within 21 regional U.S. Trustees Offices; and 93 field offices locations nationwide.

10

United States Attorney's Offices

District of Arizona (2)
Interviewing in Phoenix for positions in Phoenix or Tucson.

Permanent AUSA positions. Open only to eligible applicants who have a J.D. and are serving in (or will soon begin) a Federal judicial clerkship. Current law students are not eligible and will not be considered. Candidates must be admitted to a bar (any U.S. jurisdiction) before entering on duty.

Central District of California (2)
Interviewing in Los Angeles.

Permanent AUSA positions. Open only to eligible applicants who have a J.D. and are serving in (or will soon begin) judicial clerkships or qualifying legal fellowships and are admitted to a bar (any U.S. jurisdiction) or have taken a bar exam (results pending in fall 2014). Current law students are not eligible and will not be considered. Candidates must be admitted to practice before entering on duty.

Eastern District of California (1)
Interviewing in and hiring for Sacramento.

This is a permanent AUSA position. Open only to eligible applicants who have a J.D. and are serving in (or will soon begin) judicial clerkships or qualifying legal fellowships and are admitted to a bar (any U.S. jurisdiction) or have taken a bar exam (results pending in fall 2014). Current law students are not eligible and will not be considered. Candidates must be admitted to practice before entering on duty.

Southern District of California (4)
Interviewing in San Diego.

Permanent AUSA positions. Open only to eligible applicants who have a J.D. and are serving in (or will soon begin) judicial clerkships or qualifying legal fellowships and are admitted to a bar (any U.S. jurisdiction) or have taken a bar exam (results pending in fall 2014). Current law students are not eligible and will not be considered. Candidates must be admitted to practice before entering on duty.

Northern District of Ohio (1)
Interviewing in and hiring for Cleveland, OH.

This is a permanent AUSA position. Open only to eligible applicants who have a J.D. and are serving in (or will soon begin) judicial clerkships or qualifying legal fellowships and are admitted to a bar (any U.S. jurisdiction) or have taken a bar exam (results pending in fall 2014). Current law students are not eligible and will not be considered. Candidates must be admitted to practice before entering on duty.

Southern District of New York (2)
Interviewing in Manhattan.

Permanent AUSA positions. Open only to eligible applicants who are law school graduates serving in judicial clerkships or qualifying legal fellowships who are already admitted to a bar (any U.S. jurisdiction) or who have taken a bar exam (results pending in fall 2014). Current law students are not eligible and will not be considered. Candidates must be admitted to practice before entering on duty.

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Informal Participants

Other Department components participate informally in the Honors Program, subject to availability of funds. They may not follow the regular Honors Program timeline and may contact a candidate at any time during or after the review and selection process. Some informal participants request to be listed on the online application. Applicants are then able to check a box to indicate their interest in being considered by that office. This does not count as one of an applicant's three employment preferences.