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    The Honors Program in the Office of the Solicitor (SOL) provides challenging professional opportunities for outstanding law school graduates. Honors Attorneys work with the various client agencies within the Department of Labor, gaining exposure to a broad range of substantive legal work in one of the government’s preeminent legal offices. Upon completion of the two-year program, Honors Program Attorneys continue their careers in public service in one of SOL’s offices. We invite you to apply!

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    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.

    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.


    Attorneys in the Honors Program who are located in the National Office in Washington, DC, will spend their first two years in SOL handling a broad variety of assignments from divisions in the National Office. Past National Office Honors Attorneys have:

      • Argued cases in federal courts of appeals on pension and wage and hour law
      • Drafted critical new mine safety regulations
      • Participated in negotiations regarding international trade and labor law
      • Advised the Department on conducting effective occupational safety investigations
      • Prepared the Department for litigation against contractors with discriminatory hiring practices
      • Arbitrated and resolved internal union grievances and ensured the legitimacy of labor union elections.

    Honors Attorneys in the National Office may also receive assignments from SOL's Regional Offices, which typically involve trial work, including discovery, motions practice, and co-chairing trials. After the first six to nine months in the program, Honors Attorneys in the National Office begin a series of three-month rotations to various SOL divisions. National Office Honors Attorneys may also volunteer to work in a Regional Office for one of their rotations.

    After two years, National Office Honors Attorneys will be permanently placed in a specific office in SOL. All efforts will be made to accommodate attorneys' preferences among the National Office divisions and regional offices, consistent with the needs of the Department.


    Honors Attorneys in SOL's Regional Offices serve as trial attorneys and 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 in regional offices will be permanently placed in a specific office in SOL consistent with the needs of the department. Virtually all regional Honors Attorneys elect to remain in the office where they were initially hired.

    Travel Required

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

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    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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