Honors Program Participating Components

 


Listed below are the 2022-2023 Attorney General's Honors Program (HP) participating components (hiring organizations). 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 14, 24, or 36 months). Some offices (e.g. U.S. Attorneys' Offices) may impose additional eligibility criteria. Applicants must meet any additional specified eligibility criteria by the application deadline.

Time-limited appointments may, at the component's discretion, be extended or converted to permanent positions without further competition. Time-limited appointments also qualify as Honors Program eligibility preserving activities—individuals hired for time-limited positions may reapply to the Honors Program in a subsequent year provided they meet eligibility criteria

For information about a hiring organization's mission, scope of responsibility, and legal practice areas, click on the name of the hiring organization in the body of the chart below. To move directly to the listing for a specific hiring organization or fellowship, use the quick links directly below.

 

Antitrust Division  |  Asset Forfeiture Fellowship  |  Civil Division  |  Civil Rights Division  |  Criminal Division  Cyber Fellowship  |  Drug Enforcement Administration  Environment & Natural Resources Division  |  Executive Office for Immigration Review  |  Federal Bureau of Investigation Federal Bureau of Prisons  |  Gaye L. Tenoso Indian Country Fellowship |  National Security Division  |  Office of Access to Justice  Office of Information Policy  Office of Legislative Affairs  |  Tax Division  USAO - District of Arizona  USAO - Southern District of California  |  USAO - District of Columbia  |  USAO - Southern District of Florida  USAO - Southern District of New York  | USAO - Northern District of Texas  USAO - Western District of Washington  |  U.S. Trustee Program

FORMAL PARTICIPANTS  (Candidates may apply to up to three formal participants. Some formal participants further allow candidates to designate their interest in specific locations, branches, sections, positions, or Districts on the application - internal designations do not count as one of the three.)

Name of Component Estimated Number of Hires

 

Antitrust Division  

The Antitrust Division offers fourteen permanent positions and one two-year Fellowship opportunity in the locations listed below. Antitrust Division candidates may designate their interest in specific locations or the Fellowship on the application.

 

15

 

Civil Division

The Civil Division offers permanent positions in Washington, D.C. Civil Division candidates may designate their interest in specific branches on the application, but generally not to specific sections within branches.

 

26

 

Civil Rights Division

The Civil Rights Division offers permanent positions in Washington, D.C. from among the sections listed below. Civil Rights Division candidates apply to the Division as a whole, with section preference identified at a later time. The number of positions to be filled is subject to availability of funds.

 

3 - 6

 

Criminal Division 

The Criminal Division offers permanent and time limited fellowship positions in Washington, D.C. Criminal Division candidates may designate their interest in the positions listed below on the application. 

 

9

 

Cyber Fellowship

The Cyber Fellowship offers three-year appointments in the Washington, D.C. area which may be converted to permanent. Fellows will rotate through multiple Department components that protect the nation from emerging and critical cyber threats—including the Criminal Division's Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section, the National Security Division, and the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices—and can expect to investigate and prosecute a broad range of the cyber cases performed by the Department (e.g., state-sponsored cyber threats; transactional criminal groups; infrastructure and ransomware attacks; and the use of cryptocurrency and money laundering to finance and profit from cyber-based crimes). Fellows must agree to a three-year commitment and be able to obtain a Top Secret security clearance. 

 

3

 

Drug Enforcement Administration

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) offers a permanent position and three time-limited appointments in the Washington, D.C. area. DEA candidates may designate their interest in the positions listed below on the application.

  • Office of Chief Counsel (1)
    • The DEA Office of Chief Counsel offers a permanent position in Northern Virginia.  
  • Administrative Law Judges (3) 
    • DEA Administrative Law Judges offer one-year clerkships in Arlington, VA. These are not prosecutorial positions. Initial appointments do not exceed 14 months. DEA may extend these appointments for a second year.

 

4

 

Environment & Natural Resources Division

The Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD) offers permanent positions in Washington, D.C. from among the sections listed below. ENRD candidates apply to the Division as a whole, with section preference identified at a later time.

 

 12

 

 Executive Office for Immigration Review 

The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) offers two-year judicial clerkships and time-limited appointments that may be extended or converted to permanent positions. EOIR candidates may designate their interest in specific sub-organizations on the application. Incoming Honors Program hires must agree to a two year commitment. U.S. citizenship required.

Nationwide Opportunities

Falls Church, VA

 

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Federal Bureau of Investigation, Office of General Counsel  

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Office of the General Counsel (OGC) offers permanent positions in Washington, D.C. or Northern Virginia. FBI candidates apply to the Division as a whole. Selectees are assigned to specific branch with the OGC, and assignments are dependent on available openings. Selectees may handle legal issues including, but not limited to: National Security Law, Criminal Law, Cyber Law, Civil & Administrative Litigation, Privacy & Civil Liberties Law, Fiscal & Property Law, and Science & Technology Law.

The number of positions to be filled is subject to availability of funds and bar passage is required to maintain the position. Additionally, selectees must be eligible for a Top Secret security clearance and successfully pass the FBI background investigation. For more information about the FBI’s security clearance requirements, click here. U.S. citizenship required.

 

3

Federal Bureau of Prisons 

The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) offers permanent positions in Washington, D.C.  

 

3

The Gaye L. Tenoso Indian Country Fellowship  

The Indian Country Fellowship (ICF) offers a three-year time-limited appointment with a participating U.S. Attorney's Office with an Indian Country mission. Placement is determined by mutual consent of the incoming hire and the U.S. Attorney. Open to all eligible Honors Program applicants, including 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. 

Participating Districts are: 

District of Arizona, District of Montana, Eastern District of OklahomaNorthern District of Oklahoma, District of Oregon, District of South DakotaEastern District of Washington

 

1

Tax Division  

The Tax Division offers permanent positions in Washington, D.C. Honors Program hires must agree to a three year commitment. Tax Division candidates may designate their interest in specific sections on the application. The Tax Division requires a three-year commitment.

  • Tax (Civil Section) (9 - 12)
  • Tax (Criminal Section) (6 - 7)

 

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U.S. Attorneys' Offices

Open only to law school graduates. Some Districts require incoming attorneys to agree to a service commitment, but this varies by District. Formally participating Districts are listed here. Additional Districts, participating informally, are listed below. Candidates may designate their interest in specific Districts on the application.

U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Arizona (2)
The District of Arizona offers permanent Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) positions in Phoenix or Tucson, AZ. Open only to eligible applicants who have a J.D. and are serving in, have completed, or will soon begin a 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.

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

The Southern District of California offers a permanent Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) position in the Criminal Division in San Diego, CA. Open only to eligible applicants who have a J.D. and are serving in (or will soon begin) a qualifying eligibility preserving activity and are admitted to a bar (any U.S. jurisdiction) or have taken a bar exam (results pending in fall 2022). Judicial clerkship experience is strongly preferred. Current law students are not eligible and will not be considered. Candidates must be admitted to practice and have an active bar membership before entering on duty. 

U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia, Superior Court Division (2-3)

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia offers permanent Assistant U.S. Attorney positions for the Superior Court Division, Washington, D.C. Open only to eligible applicants who have a J.D. and are serving in (or will soon begin) a qualifying eligibility preserving activity and are admitted to a bar (any U.S. jurisdiction) or have taken a bar exam (results pending in fall 2022). Current law students are not eligible and will not be considered. Candidates must be admitted to practice and have an active bar membership (any U.S. jurisdiction) before entering on duty.

The District of Columbia requires a four-year commitment.

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

The Southern District of Florida offers two-year time-limited Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) appointments (with possible conversion to permanent). Open only to eligible applicants who have a J.D. and are serving in (or will soon begin) a qualifying eligibility preserving activity and are admitted to a bar (any U.S. jurisdiction) or have taken a bar exam (results pending in fall 2022). Judicial clerkship experience is strongly preferred. Current law students are not eligible and will not be considered. Candidates must be admitted to practice and have an active bar membership (any U.S. jurisdiction) before entering on duty.

 

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U.S. Trustee Program 

The United States Trustee Program (USTP) offers two-year time-limited appointments that may be converted to permanent with placement in its 90 field offices across the country (geographic preferences to be identified after selection for interview). U.S. citizenship required.

 

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INFORMAL PARTICIPANTS

The components and Districts listed below are participating informally in the Honors Program, subject to availability of funds. These components 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. Candidates may, at their discretion, apply to any number of informally participating components and also may apply only to an informally participating component. The tentative number of hires is listed by the name of each informally participating component. These selections do not count as one of an applicant's formal employment preferences.

Other Department hiring offices and USAOs may participate informally in the Honors Program on an ad hoc basis throughout the year. Applicants who wish to be considered by informally participating U.S. Attorneys’ Offices or Department of Justice offices that are not listed on the application may check a box on the application requesting to be included in a general USAO or Department-wide candidate pool. Candidates will be required to identify the specific States or U.S. territories to which they would relocate if they received an offer.  

Office of Information Policy (1)

The Office of Information Policy (OIP) offers a permanent position in Washington, D.C. 

Office of Legislative Affairs (1- 3)

The Office of Legislative Affairs (OLA) offers two-year time-limited appointments that may be converted to permanent in Washington, D.C. 

 

National Security Division (3)

The National Security Division (NSD) offers permanent positions in Washington, D.C. Honors Program attorneys must agree to a three-year commitment and be able to obtain a Top Secret security clearance. 

Office for Access to Justice (1)

The Office of Access to Justice (ATJ) offers a permanent position in Washington, D.C.  

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York (2-4)

The Southern District of New York offers 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) a qualifying eligibility preserving activity and are admitted to a bar (any U.S. jurisdiction) or have taken a bar exam (results pending in fall 2022). Judicial clerkship experience is strongly preferred. Current law students are not eligible and will not be considered. Candidates must be admitted to practice and have an active bar membership (any U.S. jurisdiction) before entering on duty.

The Southern District of New York requires a three-year commitment.

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

The Northern District of Texas offers a two-year time-limited Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) appointment that may be converted to permanent in the Criminal Appellate Division in Dallas, Texas. Open only to eligible applicants who have a J.D. and are serving in (or will soon begin) a qualifying eligibility preserving activity and are admitted to a bar (any U.S. jurisdiction) or have taken a bar exam (results pending in fall 2022). Judicial clerkship experience is strongly preferred. Current law students are not eligible and will not be considered. Candidates must be admitted to practice and have an active bar membership before entering on duty.  

The Northern District of Texas requires a two-year commitment.

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

The Western District of Washington offers a permanent Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) position. Open only to eligible applicants who have a J.D. and are serving in (or will soon begin) a qualifying eligibility preserving activity and are admitted to a bar (any U.S. jurisdiction) or have taken a bar exam (results pending in fall 2022). Current law students are not eligible and will not be considered. Candidates must be admitted to practice and have an active bar membership (any U.S. jurisdiction) before entering on duty.

The Western District of Washington requires a three-year commitment.

 

Updated November 7, 2022

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