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Honors Attorney Program

2016 Honors Attorneys

Left to Right: Chris Cialeo, Diana Truong, Dillon Taylor, Sarah Yousaf, Mark Montgomery, Michael Deutsch, Andrew Bridson, Safiya Hamit, Chris Jennison and Beth Ebersole.

Andrew D. Bridson graduated from Northeastern University School of Law. He obtained a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Andrew’s experience includes working at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, U.S. Equal...

Compensation and Benefits


Positions offered to honors attorneys are excepted service positions.  For more information regarding the excepted service, please visit  The permanent duty station for honors attorneys is Washington, DC. 


All honors attorneys are hired at the GS-11 or GS-12 pay grade, based on their prior experience, which includes the locality adjustment for the Washington, DC metro area. You may visit...

How to Apply


The Honors Attorney Program is a two-year program.  To be eligible for our next program starting in August 2021, you must be a U.S. citizen graduating from law school in Spring 2021 or completing a judicial clerkship or fellowship in Summer 2021.  

All eligible candidates will be considered regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or disability.

How to Apply

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Hiring Process

Characteristics of a Competitive Candidate

  • Class Rank: GPA of 3.0 or higher; Top 50% required
  • Exceptional writing and analytical skills
  • Law journal or secondary journal preferred but not required
  • Clinical activities, moot court, trial advocacy preferred but not required
  • Demonstrated involvement in activities beyond required coursework
  • Ability to adapt quickly to new work environments

Honors Attorney Program

The Department’s Honors Attorney Program offers new law graduates (and recent law graduates completing judicial clerkships or fellowships) a unique opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the Department’s diverse law practice. During the two-year program, honors attorneys rotate once in the Department's Office of the General Counsel and in up to five Chief Counsels' Offices of the Department’s operating administrations.