Entry Level Attorneys

Alexandria, Virginia
Aug 13, 2022
Aug 20, 2022
Full Time

Duties vary according to the mission of the hiring office. For more information, visit https://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/honors-program-participating-components .


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position, or
  • Qualifying non-citizen (see Other Information) and
  • Either admitted to or eligible for admission to a bar
  • (any jurisdiction) at time of entry on duty


All Department of Justice employees are subject to a residency requirement. See https://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/entry-level-and-experienced-attorneys-conditions-employment .
TRAVEL - Varies by hiring office.
Some clerkship and fellowship positions are time-limited (12 to 36 months)


Open to law students graduating this academic year and recent law school graduates in qualifying post-J.D. activities. The Honors Program has specific eligibility requirements. For details visit https://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/honors-program-eligibility . Incoming hires must have a law degree (J.D. or equivalent) and be eligible for admission to the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction) at the time of entry on duty. Some hiring offices require applicants to be admitted to a bar or to have recently taken a bar exam with results pending as a condition of consideration. Certain U.S. Attorneys' Offices may require incoming hires to become admitted to the bar of the state where the office is located. The Indian Country Fellowship may require admission to a tribal bar.


Applications will be accepted from all groups of eligible and qualified individuals. For details, see: https://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/honors-program-eligibility .



Incoming hires must have a law degree (J.D. or equivalent) and be eligible for admission to the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction) at the time of entry on duty.

Additional information

As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.
Applicants for some hiring offices (e.g., National Security Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation) must be eligible to obtain and retain a TOP SECRET security clearance at the time of the appointment. Security clearance requirements vary by hiring office.
If hired by a U.S. Attorney's Office, following appointment, Assistant U.S. Attorneys generally must reside in the district to which they are appointed. See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district-specific information.
Entrance on duty is contingent upon completion of a pre-employment security investigation and suitability review. It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test that screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment.
U.S. citizens and qualifying non-U.S. citizens who meet immigration and appropriations law criteria may apply. See: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens/ The appointment of non-U.S. citizens is subject to strict security requirements and is extremely rare. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Some positions are open only to U.S. citizens.
LOCATIONS: Although listed under Falls Church, VA, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) will hire 50 Honors Program attorneys for placement at Immigration Courts nationwide. Participating United States Attorneys' Offices (USAO) will hire for their specific Districts, nationwide. The Antitrust Division hires for Washington, DC, Chicago, New York City, and San Francisco. Although listed numerically under Washington, DC, the Indian Country Fellowship will hire for a USAO in Indian Country, and the U.S. Trustee Program hires for multiple cities nationwide.