Entry Level Attorneys

Washington, D.C
Aug 14, 2019
Aug 22, 2019
Full Time


Frequently voted one of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government, the Department of Justice leads the nation in ensuring the protection of all Americans while preserving their constitutional freedoms. As a Justice employee, you'll be a member of a team where you can achieve your career goals and apply your skills and talents to our important mission. The Attorney General's Honors Program is the Department of Justice recruitment program for entry-level attorneys.
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Duties vary according to the mission of the hiring office. For more information, visit https://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/honors-program-participating-components .

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Varies by Office

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen, or
  • Qualifying non-citizen (see Other Information) and
  • Either admitted to or eligible for admission to a bar
  • (any U.S. 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

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.
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: The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) will hire Honors Program attorneys for placement at Immigration Courts nationwide. The Antitrust Division will hire attorneys for Chicago, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. Participating United States Attorneys Offices will hire for their specific Districts, nationwide.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Each participating hiring office independently selects interview candidates based on many elements of a candidate's background including academic achievement, law review or moot court experience, legal aid and clinical experience, and summer or part-time legal employment. The Department also considers specialized academic studies (including undergraduate and post-graduate degrees), work experience, and extracurricular activities that directly relate to the work of the Department. In addition, each hiring office considers the applicants qualifications as they relate to its specific mission or legal practice areas. Documents supporting veterans' preference eligibility are required. See https://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/application-tips-and-checklist.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

See https://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/application-tips-and-checklist .
Law school transcript is required.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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