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Entry-Level Attorneys

The Attorney General's Honors Program

Since 1953, the Attorney General’s Honors Program has been recognized as the nation's premier entry-level federal attorney recruitment program.  The Honors Program attracts candidates from hundreds of law schools across the country representing a broad cross-section of experiences and interests.  Selections are made based on many elements of a candidate’s background, including a demonstrated commitment to government service, academic achievement, leadership, journal, moot court and mock trial experience, clinical experience, past employment, and extracurricular activities that relate to the work of Justice and the relevant component.  The Department of Justice seeks high caliber attorneys to advance its mission and welcomes applications from candidates whose backgrounds reflect the Nation's rich diversity.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility is 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.

Participating Components

Honors Program hiring offices and the number of entry-level attorney positions varies from year to year.  Review the list of the components participating this year.

How to Apply

  • Applications must be submitted via the online application
  • The application opens on July 31st and closes Tuesday, September 3, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. EST.
  • Read the application tips and checklist and assemble requested information before starting the online application.
  • Pre-deadline requests for an accommodation in order to complete the application should be directed to Deana Willis at (202) 514-8900.

Key Dates

  • July 31: Application opens
  • Early September: Application deadline
  • Late September:  Interview candidates selected
  • Mid-October - early November:  Main Honors Program interview period
  • Late November - February:  Offers Extended

Status Updates

Applicants can check their status online.  The Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management posts status updates at key decision points in the selection process.  The Community message board associated with the online application is also helpful to applicants with questions or who wish to review informational updates.  

If you are Selected for an Interview

Candidates selected for an interview should review Honors Program Interviews for information about selection, the notification process, interview and travel schedules, and reimbursement.  Also see Component Contacts, Pre-Interview Submissions, and Interview Locations.

Additional Information

A Clock! Applications for 2024-25 Honors Program positions open on July 31, 2024 and close on September 3, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern.   

Updated February 21, 2024