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Job Title:  Honors Attorney Program, GS-0904/0905-11/12, KD-Exc Svc
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Office of the Solicitor
Job Announcement Number:  SOL-2013-0035

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$62,467.00 to $74,872.00 / Per Year
Thursday, August 15, 2013 to Monday, October 21, 2013
Permanent - Full-Time
4 vacancies in the following location:
Washington, DC, USView Map

Qualified U.S. Citizens that meet the requirements described below.


The Department of the Interior (DOI) Solicitor’s Honors Attorney Program is designed to recruit highly-qualified recent law school graduates and judicial law clerks for our Headquarters law divisions in Washington, D.C. During this 1 year program, Honors Attorneys/Law Clerks participate in developmental opportunities, rotate through the five Washington D.C. divisions, and receive other opportunities to enhance their skills in the practice of law in the DOI programmatic areas.  The application period for the 2014 Honors Program will be open until September 5, 2013.

Will Travel and Relocation Expenses be Paid? NO

What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Program?

Eligibility Requirements: This program is available to recent law students who: 1. Will graduate between May 2013 and May 2014; or 2. Are current Judicial Law Clerks serving no more than a 2-year clerkship.  Applicants should possess significant academic achievement (i.e., a GPA of 3.0 or higher) and/or legal or programmatic work experience as described in at least one of the areas below:

  • High Academic Achievement (graduated top 25% of class)
  • Law journal or other relevant writing experience
  • Moot court competition, legal aid, or legal clinic experience
  • Law Clerk or Legal Intern experience
  • Natural Resources, Indian or Environmental law interest as demonstrated by course work, professional experiences, etc.
Honors Program selectees are required to pass a Bar examination and be duly licensed to practice as an attorney in any state, territory, or the District of Columbia within 14 months of original appointment under this Program. 

Individuals selected for this Honors Program are expected to begin work on October 6, 2014 in Washington D.C., and must sign an employment agreement committing to remain with the Office of the Solicitor for three years from date of original appointment.

Law School graduates not yet admitted to the Bar as of September 30, 2014 will be placed in Law Clerk positions at the GS-11 level pending admission to the Bar, at which time they will be eligible for conversion to an Attorney Position.

  • Law School graduates who have been admitted to the Bar will be placed in Attorney positions at the GS-11 level.
  • Judicial Law Clerks who have been admitted to the Bar will be placed in Attorney positions at the GS-12 level.

While tentative offers to the DOI Solicitor's Honors Attorney Program will be made well in advance of the October 2014 start date, final confirmation of appointment is contingent upon the availability of funds at that time.

Upon successful completion of this 1-year Honors Attorney rotation program, selectees will be converted to permanent positions without further competition in one of our D.C. Divisions based on the needs of the Office at the time of placement.  Individuals converted are subject to serving a trial period.


  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-employment security clearance required.
  • Overnight travel may be required.
  • Selectee may be subject to serving a trial period.
  • More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.


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During the one-year rotation program, Honors Attorneys will work in practice areas that include the full range of Land Management, Water, Natural Resource, Indian, Environmental, Oil and Gas and Mining laws relating to the Nation’s public lands, national parks and wildlife refuges, administrative and government business matters, and law relating to the United States’ unique relationship with American Indians and Indian Tribes. Honors Attorneys also will participate in cross-organizational meetings, and other efforts and training opportunities designed to provide an in-depth understanding of the practice of law at a cabinet level agency.


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You are required to provide a law school transcripts (unofficial) or list of course work, which includes semester hours earned and grades received, by the closing date of this announcement. This proof may be faxed, document uploaded, or hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see "Required Documents" and/or "Contact Information"). Please ensure that all documentation is legible. If you are currently employed by the Federal government in the same occupational series as the advertised position, you are not required to submit transcripts at this time.

Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the above requirements. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit:

To qualify at the GS-11 level, candidates must meet the following requirements:

-- graduated from law school with a LL.B. or J.D.

To qualify at the GS-12 level, candidates must meet the following requirements:

-- graduated from law school with a LL.B. or J.D. and be admitted to the Bar

--Judicial Clerkship

Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position?

A background investigation will be required for this position. Continued employment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.


The information and materials you provide will be used to evaluate that you meet the basic qualification and eligibility requirements for this position. A panel of attorneys will review the applications and identify applicants for interviews. 

Basis of Rating:  Applicants will not be rated or ranked. All applicants that meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements of the position will be referred to the selecting official for consideration.

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Working for the DOI, Office of the Solicitor offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more 

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Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for and performance of higher-level duties.

The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.



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Applications (resume and application questions) for this vacancy must be received on-line via USAJOBS before midnight Eastern Time (Washington, D.C. time) on the closing date of this announcement September 5, 2012. If you fail to submit a complete online resume, you will not be considered for this position. Requests for extensions will not be granted. Most libraries, employment offices, and all USGS personnel offices can provide access to the Internet. If applying online poses a hardship for you, you must speak to someone in the Servicing Human Resources Office listed on this announcement prior to the closing date for assistance.

Instructions for Applying Online for this Vacancy Announcement:

1) Click the blue "Apply Online" button.

2) If you are not a registered USAJOBS user, please create a new account and follow the instructions to complete your application process. If you are a registered user, login to access your existing USAJOBS profile.

3) As a registered user, select a stored resume and select one or more of your stored documents to attach to your application.

4) Check the "Certification" box and click the "Apply for this position now!" button located at the bottom of the screen.

5) Address the eligibility questions as well as the questionnaire containing questions and/or task statements that address the knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies for this vacancy.

6) Submit required documents using one of the available methods listed below.

7) If you experience technical difficulties during the online application process, please contact the USAJOBS helpdesk.


A consolidated PDF file of all documents submitted for consideration is preferred. Applicants must submit the following:

1. Cover Letter and Resumé - include the following information:

  • a permanent e-mail address that will not change during the course of the application and hiring process
  • three (3) professional/academic references (include name, title, organization/school, telephone number, and email address)
  • undergraduate degree information(e.g. type of degree, major, year received, name of school, city and state where school is located)
  • information about your law degree(s) (e.g. type of degree, specialty, year received or to be received, name of school, city and state where school is located)
  • information regarding the state in which your active Bar membership is held.
  • information about any non-legal graduate degree(s) (e.g. type of degree, major, year received or will receive, name of school, city and state where school is located)
  • information about any judicial law clerkship(s) (e.g., full name of court(s) served, dates of clerkship(s), name of judge(s), telephone number in chambers)
  • information about other legal and/or non-legal experience including names of supervisor(s), organization name(s), telephone number(s) of supervisor(s), dates of employment, and brief description of responsibilities
  • (for current students) names of all law school courses you are currently taking and your expected graduation date
  • information about any unique qualifications, training, special skills or competencies relevant to your application for employment

2. Law School Transcript that includes your GPA

3. Writing Sample, no longer than 3 pages in length. The sample can be academic or professional.

If you are claiming veterans' preference you must submit a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, by the closing date of this announcement. If you are currently on active military duty, you must provide documentation (e.g., campaign document, award citation, etc.), that verifies entitlement to veterans preference and that your character of military service is honorable. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, in addition to the DD-214, you must submit documentation that supports your claim (e.g., an official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces certifying the existence of a service-connected disability; or receipt of a Purple Heart). If you fail to submit any of the required documentation, you will not be granted veterans preference. Additional information on veterans' preference can be found in the VetGuide.


Required documents may be:

1) faxed to the Agency Contact (see "Contact Information")

2) uploaded directly from your desktop

3) uploaded directly from your USAJOBS stored attachments 4)hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see 'Contact Information').

Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.


Kimberly Benton
Phone: 202-208-6240
Fax: 703-648-5200
Agency Information:
INTERIOR, Office of the Solicitor
Office of the Solicitor
1849 C Street, NW
Mail Stop-6557
Washington, DC
Fax: 703-648-5200


Applicants selected for interview will be contacted directly by a representative of the Office during the month of October, 2013.  Offers will be extended in November, 2013.

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