Honors Program Participating Components

 


Listed below are the 2016-2017 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.

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  Federal Bureau of Investigation Gaye L. Tenoso Indian Country Fellowship National Security Division  |  Office of Information Policy  Tax Division  |  USAO - District of Arizona USAO - Eastern District of Arkansas USAO - Eastern District of California USAO - District of Columbia USAO - Southern District of New York | USAO - Northern District of Ohio | U.S. Trustee Program 

Name of Component Estimated Number of Hires

 Antitrust Division

The Antitrust Division offers permanent positions: 17 in Washington, D.C.; 2 in San Francisco, 1 in Chicago, and 2 in New York City

22

 

Civil Division

The Civil Division offers permanent positions.

  • Appellate Staff (4)
  • Commercial Litigation Branch (6)
  • Consumer Protection Branch (2)
  • Federal Programs Branch (8)
  • Office of Immigration Litigation (Appellate Branch) (4)
  • Office of Immigration Litigation (District Courts) (5)
  • Torts Branch (6)

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Civil Rights Division

The Civil Rights Division offers permanent positions.

12

 

Criminal Division

  • Regular Trial Attorney (9)
    • These are permanent positions.  Incoming Honors Program hires must agree to a four year commitment.
12

 

Drug Enforcement Administration
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Administrative Law Judges hire for 1 year judicial clerkships: initial appointments do not exceed 14 months. DEA may offer to extend Clerkships 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.

12

 

 Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR)

  • Office of the Chief Immigration Judge (OCIJ) (100)
    (Immigration Courts Nationwide)
  • Office of General Counsel (OGC) (1)
    (Washington, DC)
  • Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) (4)
    (Washington, DC)
  • Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO) (1)
  • Office of Legal Access Programs (OLAP) (1)
  • Office of Communication and Legislative Affairs (OCLA) (1)

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

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Federal Bureau of Prisons

The Federal Bureau of Prisons offers permanent positions.  Honors Program attorneys initially are assigned to either Washington, D.C. or one of the Bureau's five Regional Offices.   During their first two years, attorneys are offered opportunities to work in up to seven branches within the Office of General Counsel or in one of the Regional Offices.  Assignments may include Commercial Law, Real Estate and Environmental Law, Employment Law, Ethics, Litigation, Legislative and Correctional Issues or Freedom of Information Act.

4

Federal Bureau of Investigation, Office of General Counsel

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Office of the General Council offers permanent positions.  Honors attorneys initially will complete a two year rotation to gain exposure to a wide variety of legal areas the FBI supports, including but not limited to: Cyber Law, National Security Law, Employment Law, Civil Litigation, Fiscal & Property Law, Science, Technology, and Investigative Law. Upon completion of the rotational assignment, Honor’s Attorneys will be placed as permanent members of an FBI OGC legal Unit.  Applicants must be able to pass the FBI background investigation and receive a Top Secret security clearance.  For more information about the FBI’s security clearance requirements, click here.  

2

The Gaye L. Tenoso 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 (for example, a May 2017 law school graduate should take the July 2017 bar exam).  Additional requirements are noted below individual Districts.

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.

Visit the Indian Country Fellowship page for detailed information about this Fellowship and the work the Fellow will perform at each participating jurisdiction.

Participating Districts are:   

District of Arizona

  • Fellow must obtain Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community court admission. 

District of Minnesota

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

District of Montana

  • Fellow must be an active member in good standing of another federal Bar or of the Bar of the highest court of a State, territory, or insular possession of the United States.

District of Nebraska

  • A tribal council resolution must grant the Fellow authorization to prosecute cases in tribal court.

District of New Mexico

Eastern District of Oklahoma

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

District of Oregon

  • Fellow must become admitted to the bar of the Umatilla Tribal Court.

District of South Dakota / District of North Dakota (joint sponsors, in part because the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate and the Fort Yates Standing Rock Sioux reservations straddle the North and South Dakota borders)

  • The Indian Country Fellow would be expected to become a member of the North Dakota or South Dakot bar within one year of being assigned to the District. 
  • The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe requires the Fellow to be a member in good standing of the bar in any state or federal court, to have a law degree from an ABA accredited law school, and to meet other administrative requirements in order to serve as a Tribal Court prosecutor or assistant prosecutor. 
  • The Spirit Lake Nation requires the fellow to be licensed to practice before a U.S. district court or state court, to have no felony convictions, and to be familiar with the Spirit Lake Constitution and Law and Order Code.

Western District of Washington

  • Tulalip Tribal Court requires attorneys practicing before it to become members of the Tulalip Bar, which requires passing an examination.  Provisional admission may be granted while attorneys prepare for and sit for the Tulalip Bar. 

 

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National Security Division

The National Security Division (NSD) offers permanent positions. Honors Program attorneys hired for permanent positions must agree to a four year commitment

NSD attorneys will be assigned to work on cutting-edge national security issues, including in the areas of counterterrorism, counterintelligence, combating cyber threats to the national security, foreign investment review, issues related to victims of terrorism, and/or intelligence collection and oversight.  All incoming Honors Program hires must be able to obtain a Top Secret security clearance.  

4

Tax Division

Tax Division offers permanent positions.  Incoming Honors Program hires must agree to a three year commitment.  Applicants may designate their interest in specific sections on the application.

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

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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.  Incoming Honors Program hires must agree to a three year commitment.

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United States Attorney's Offices Some Districts require incoming attorney hires to agree to a three year commitment, but this varies by District. Formally participating Offices are listed here.  Additional Offices, participating informally, are listed below.

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

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.

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 2016). 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.

 

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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 formal employment preferences.

An increasing number of U.S. Attorney's Offices (USAOs) are participating informally after the close of formal interviews.  Some but not all USAOs interested in informal participation will be listed on the application. This year, eligible applicants interested in being considered by informally participating USAOs may either check the box by the the name of USAOs that have committed to informal participation, or, in the alternative, check a box to be included in a general USAO candidate pool, and identify the specific States or U.S. territory to which they would relocate if they received an offer.  

 

Office of Information Policy (1)

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York (2)
Interviewing in and hiring for Manhattan, NY.

Permanent Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) positions for one Civil Division AUSA and one Criminal Division AUSA. 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 2016). Current law students are not eligible and will not be considered. Candidates must be admitted to practice before entering on duty.

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Arkansas (1-2)

Interviewing in and hiring for Little Rock, AR.  Permanent Assistant U.S. Attorney (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 2016). Current law students are not eligible and will not be considered. Candidates must be admitted to practice before entering on duty.

U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia (1)

Permanent Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) position. Interviewing in and hiring for the District of Columbia.  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 2016). Current law students are not eligible and will not be considered. Candidates must be admitted to practice before entering on duty.

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of California (1)

Permanent Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) position. Interview location will be determined at a later date.  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 2016). Current law students are not eligible and will not be considered. Candidates must be admitted to practice before entering on duty.

 

Updated September 12, 2016