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    The Honors Program provides challenging professional opportunities for outstanding law school graduates. Honors Attorneys engage in all aspects of trial litigation under the many employment statutes the DOL enforces. Upon completion of the two-year program, Attorneys continue their careers as permanent employees in SOL. Most Regional Honors Attorneys elect to remain in the office where they began the program. We invite you to apply!

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    The Office of the Solicitor serves as the legal counsel for the U.S. Department of Labor. The approximately 550 attorneys in SOL enforce and interpret occupational and mine safety and health laws, civil rights laws, pension and health benefit laws, minimum wage and overtime requirements, whistleblower protections, and international labor standards. SOL also provides legal services to programs that pay Federal benefits to the victims of certain occupational diseases and accidents, provide grants in support of employment and training programs, and administer unemployment benefits. In all, SOL attorneys work with more than 180 labor and employment laws.

    SOL has more independent litigating authority than virtually any other cabinet level department outside the Justice Department. SOL attorneys represent the Secretary of Labor in proceedings before federal district courts, federal courts of appeals, and administrative law judges. SOL attorneys also play a leading role in important and high-profile federal rulemakings and policy decisions.

    About half of SOL's attorneys serve in the National Office in Washington, D.C., and the remainder work in one of the 14 regional and branch offices across the country. Those offices are located in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Kansas City, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Cleveland, Denver, Nashville, Los Angeles, and Arlington, Virginia.

    The Department of Labor’s mission is to promote the welfare of wage earners, job seekers, and retirees, to improve working conditions, to advance opportunities for profitable employment, and to ensure work-related benefits and rights. Honors Attorneys play a crucial role in enabling the Department to carry out its mission. Like the Department, the Honors Program is more effective when its workforce includes highly qualified individuals whose backgrounds reflect our nation’s richly diverse workforce.


    Applicants for this position should specifically be interested in trial litigation. Honors Attorneys in SOL's Regional Offices engage in all aspects of  trial litigation under the various statutes enforced by the Department of Labor, including analyzing an investigative file, filing a complaint, engaging in negotiations and discovery, preparing briefs and arguing motions, and serving as lead counsel in cases that go to trial. Regional Honors Attorneys have:

      • Provided pre-litigation advice to client agencies in significant cases
      • Filed complaints in federal district court to recover employees’ benefits and wages under pension and wage and hour laws
      • Appeared before administrative law judges in cases involving Occupational Safety and Health and Mine Safety and Health laws.

    Honors Attorneys in Regional Offices also may receive select assignments from the National Office divisions to complement their trial work or to expose them to practice areas usually handled by the National Office. Funding permitting, these attorneys will travel to the National Office in Washington, D.C. to participate with their National Office colleagues in training and networking opportunities. Regional Office Honors Attorneys may also volunteer to rotate to the National Office for a temporary assignment, usually lasting about three months.

    After two years, Honors Attorneys will be permanently placed in a specific office in SOL. Most Regional Honors Attorneys elect to remain in the office and region where they began the program. All efforts will be made to accommodate attorneys' preferences consistent with the needs of the Department.

    The Honors Program gives attorneys a unique opportunity to help interpret and enforce a broad range of labor and employment laws while working in one of the largest legal offices in the Federal government. Honors Attorneys will gain experience that would be difficult to obtain in years of private practice, and will share the honor and privilege of representing the United States Government and engaging in public service.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional travel - Limited travel may be required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential

    14 - There is no obligation to provide future promotions if you are selected. Promotions are dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, meet all the performance requirements, and supervisor’s recommendation to the next grade.

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