Honors Program Participating Components

 


Listed below are the 2017-2018 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 (Federal Programs Branch & Office of Immigration Litigation  |  Civil Division (Commercial Litigation Branch, Torts, Branch, Consumer Protection Branch and Appellate Staff  | Civil Rights Division  |  Criminal Division  |  Drug Enforcement Administration  Environment & Natural Resources Division  Executive Office for Immigration Review  Federal Bureau of Investigation Gaye L. Tenoso Indian Country Fellowship National Security Division  |  Office of Information Policy  |  Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties  | Tax Division  |  USAO - District of Arizona |  USAO - Eastern District of California USAO - District of Columbia USAO - Southern District of New York | USAO - District of Oregon

FORMAL PARTICIPANTS

Name of Component Estimated Number of Hires

 

 Civil Division

The Civil Division offers permanent positions.  The Civil Division will participate both formally and informally.  Civil Division branches participating formally are listed below.  Branches participating informally are listed in Informal Participants.  

  • Federal Programs Branch  (3)
  • Office of Immigration Litigation (Appellate Branch and District Courts)  (7) 

 

10

 

Civil Rights Division

The Civil Rights Division offers permanent positions.

 

2

 

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.

 

4 - 8

 

 Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR)

  • Office of the Chief Immigration Judge (OCIJ) (97)
    (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)

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.

 

103

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.  

 

1-3

The Gaye L. Tenoso Indian Country Fellowship 

The three-year Indian Country Fellowship (ICF) is open to all eligible Honors Program applicants, including current law students graduating in the current academic year.

Fellows must meet District bar admission requirements within 12 months of appointment. Some Districts require bar admission in the State where the District is located and many Tribes have bar requirements. Visit the Indian Country Fellowship page for detailed information about the Fellowship, the participating jurisdictions, District and Tribal bar admission requirements, and the work the Fellow will perform at each District.

This year, the Indian Country Fellowship will place one Fellow in a U.S. Attorney's Office (any participating District) with assignment based on mutual agreement of the Fellow and District. A second Indian Country Fellowship is offered by the District of South Dakota.

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 ArizonaDistrict of ColoradoDistrict of MinnesotaDistrict of MontanaDistrict of NebraskaDistrict of New MexicoDistrict of North DakotaEastern District of Oklahoma, Northern District of Oklahoma, District of Oregon, District of South Dakota

 

2

 

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.  

 

2

 

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.

District of Oregon (1)
Two-year Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) position with the possibility of conversion to permanent. 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 2017). Current law students are not eligible and will not be considered. Candidates must be admitted to practice before entering on duty.

 

3

INFORMAL PARTICIPANTS

Department components (or branches within a component) may participate informally in the Honors Program, subject to availability of funds. They may not follow the regular Honors Program timeline or procedures, and may contact a candidate at any time during or after the formal 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.  The estimated number of hires is listed by the name of each informally participating component.

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.  

 

Antitrust Division (2)

The Antitrust Division offers permanent positions.

Civil Division (12)

The Civil Division offers permanent positions.  The Civil Division will participate both formally and informally.  Civil Division branches participating informally and the estimated number of hires are listed below. Branches participating formally are listed above.

  • Appellate Staff (3)
  • Commercial Litigation Branch (3)
  • Consumer Protection Branch (2)
  • Torts Branch (4)

 

Criminal Division  (9)

  • Regular Trial Attorney (5)
    • These are permanent positions.  Incoming Honors Program hires must agree to a four year commitment.

 

Office of Information Policy (1)

Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties (1)

 

Tax Division  (3-6)

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) 
  • Tax (Criminal Section) 

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 2017). Current law students are not eligible and will not be considered. Candidates must be admitted to practice before entering on duty. The Eastern District of California offers a robust training program for new AUSAs.  

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York (1-2)

Interviewing in and hiring for Manhattan, NY.  Permanent Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) positions.  Open only to eligible applicants who have a J.D. and are serving in (or soon will begin) judicial clerkships or qualifying legal fellowships and who are admitted to a bar (any U.S. jurisdiction) or have taken a bar exam (results pending in fall 2017).  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 or more)

Permanent Assistant U.S. Attorney position(s).  Interviewing in and hiring for the District of Columibia.  Open only to eligible applicants who have a J.D. and are serving in (or soon will begin) judicial clerkships or qualifying legal fellowships and who are admitted to a bar (any U.S. jurisdiction) or have taken a bar exam (results pending in fall 2017).  Current law students are not eligible and will not be considered.  Candidates must be admitted to practice before entering on duty.

 

Updated June 15, 2017