ATTORNEY GENERAL’S HONORS PROGRAM
JUSTICE, DEPARTMENT OF
(DC AND NATIONWIDE)
US Department of Justice
Attorney General’s Honors Program
Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management
950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20530
202-514-3397 or 202-616-2113
Submit Online ONLY:
(See website for link to Avue digital system)
DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM:
Seeking 3Ls (not eligible for all positions) and Joint-Degree Law Students who will complete all academic requirements between Oct. l, 2020 and Sept. 30, 2021 and qualifying LLMs, JLCs and Legal Fellows (see https://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/honors-program-eligibility for eligibility) for paid (GS-11 to 13, DOE) positions in 2020-21 Attorney General’s Honors Program, DOJ’s only entry-level hiring program. Participating components and projected hiring (see website for most current hiring numbers; qualifications; term length; and details such as offices, geographic location, and types of positions in each component): Antitrust (12 Openings), Civil (25), Civil Rights (12), Criminal (12), Drug Enforcement Administration (4), Environment and Natural Resources (14), Executive Office for Immigration Review (49), Federal Bureau of Investigation General Counsel (5), Federal Bureau of Prisons (3), Gaye L. Tenoso Indian Country Fellowship (1), U.S. Attorney’s Office (2 – Arizona), U.S. Trustee Program (6). The following components hire informally, possibly on different timelines: Office of Information Policy (1), National Security Division (2), Tax Division (15), USAO for Central District of California (1-2), USAO for Southern District of California (1), USAO for Southern District of New York (1), and USAO for Northern District of Texas (1).
Administered by the U.S. Attorney General, the DOJ investigates and prosecutes violations of federal laws; represents U.S. in legal matters, including before Supreme Court; enforces immigration laws and processes applications for citizenship; and maintains federal prison system and community programs.
The DOJ investigates and prosecutes violations of federal laws; represents U.S. in all legal matters, including those before Supreme Court; enforces immigration laws and processes applications for citizenship; and maintains federal prison system and community programs.
May apply to Honors program or Summer Law Intern Program, but not both. If 3L applies to Honors Program and then receives JLC, may be able to transfer to SLIP. Demonstrated commitment to government service, academic achievement, leadership, journal, law review experience, moot court and mock trial experience, clinical experience, past employment, and extracurricular activities that relate to the work of Justice and placement. Must be U.S. citizen or owe permanent allegiance to U.S.; dual citizens considered on case-by-case basis. Satisfactory background investigation and drug testing required. Must be active member of bar of any U.S. jurisdiction w/in 14 months of program entry. Additional requirements vary across office.
Between July 31 and Tues., Sept. 8, 2020 (11:59 EST), and beginning Sat., July 31, 2021 (for 2022 program) submit application (see website for required documents which may include resume, law school transcript, law school’s grading scale, references). Selected candidates are notified via email (Check application site frequently as well) by late September for interviews; hiring components may request writing sample, resume, and/or transcripts prior to or at time of interview. Most interviews are conducted between Mid-October to early November (limited travel costs paid by the Department), primarily in DC but possibly other locations or methods (see website); most offers extended between late November and February. Specific Interview process found here: https://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/honors-program-interviews.