WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of the Solicitor invites outstanding recent law school graduates with a passion for public service to apply for its two-year Honors Program and earn unique experience in one of the federal government’s preeminent legal offices.

The Office of the Solicitor employs approximately 550 attorneys who enforce and interpret labor standards and laws governing occupational and mine safety and health, civil rights, pension and health benefits, workers’ compensation, wage and hour requirements and other labor-related issues. Honors Program attorneys work at the department’s national headquarters or one of its regional offices. Upon program completion, Honors Program attorneys may continue their careers in the Office of the Solicitor.

The department plans to hire approximately 12 attorneys to begin the Honors Program in the fall of 2024. Eligible applicants must have graduated from law school in spring or summer of 2023 or finish a fellowship or judicial clerkship in time to start the Honors Program in September 2024. The highly competitive selection process focuses on academic achievement, writing skills, law review or moot court experience, clinic or extracurricular activities, and a demonstrated interest in government service or public interest law. 

All applications must be submitted on USAJOBS.gov. Apply to join the Honors Program in the Office of the Solicitor of Labor’s national office in Washington on USAJOBS.gov. Apply to join the Honors Program in one of the Office of the Solicitor of Labor’s regional offices in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Seattle, or San Francisco on USAJOBS.gov. Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Sept. 11, 2023.

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