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Entry-level Attorneys, Attorney General's Honors Program

The Attorney General's Honors Program
The highly competitive Honors Program is the only way that the Department hires entry-level attorneys. Selection for employment is 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.


New for 2008-2009

Eligibility for the Honors Program
Eligibility is generally limited to graduating law students and recent law school graduates who entered judicial clerkships, graduate law programs, or qualifying fellowships within 9 months of law school graduation and who meet additional eligibility requirements. Select the link above for detailed information.

Apply to the Honors Program
Apply online between July 25, 2008 and Tuesday, September 2, 2008 midnight, Eastern Time*. The Honors Program is centrally managed by OARM; but each participating component makes independent hiring decisions. We recommend that applicants read the application checklist and assemble requested information before starting their application. Individuals who need an accommodation in order to apply should contact the Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management for assistance.

* The September 2, 2008 application deadline for other main U.S. time zones is: 11:00 p.m. Central Time; 10:00 p.m. Mountain Time; 9:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

Application Checklist
Information you will need in order to complete your application.

Participating Components
A list of the hiring components and the estimated number of positions available this year.

Information about selection, notification, scheduling, travel and reimbursement. Lists of component contacts and specific component pre-interview writing sample requirements. A detailed Travel Memo with information on interview sites and travel emergencies.

Key Dates
Application opening and closing dates and information about the Department's time line.

Answers to the most frequently asked questions about the Honors Program selection process, interviews, travel reimbursements, withdrawals and deferments, and other important matters.

Law Schools Attended By 2007-2008 Honors Program Hires

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