Monday, July 22, 2013

U.S. Department of Transportation – Honors 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, which begins in even-numbered years (September 2014), 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.

Characteristics of a Competitive Candidate
·       Class Rank: G.P.A of 3.0 or higher; Top 50% required
·       Demonstrated commitment to public service
·       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

All honors attorneys, including those with judicial clerkship experience, are hired at the GS-11 pay grade (including the locality adjustment for the Washington, D.C. metro area). You may visit for more information on the GS scale and to get the latest salary information.  All honors attorneys are eligible to receive a promotion to the GS-12 pay grade after one year. 

Application Instructions
The application period is OPEN.  Applications for the Class of 2014 through Friday, August 30, 2013. For more information on how to apply, please log into (account registration is free).