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Department Justice Honors Program Essay

The Summer Law Intern Program is a fantastic avenue to pursue employment at Justice. In order to compete for the program, applicants must complete an on-line application. Please review the eligibility criteria and instructions before starting the application.

Although worthwhile, completing the application takes time. Assembling the information listed below in advance will be a helpful time saver when filling out the application. Some of the information will not be relevant to every applicant; however, you will need much of the information listed below as you complete your HP application.

  • Identify a permanent e-mail address that will not change during the course of the application and hiring process (September - January of the year you apply)
  • Your resume, your most recent law school transcript (unofficial is fine - it’s simply for your use), and your law school's grading scale and/or evaluation process
  • Information about your undergraduate degree (e.g, type of degree(s), major, year received, name of school, city and state where school is located)
  • If you are pursuing a joint-degree, information about your graduate law degree (e.g, type of degree(s), specialty, year expected to be received, name of school, city and state where school is located)
  • If you have a non-legal graduate degree or are pursuing a joint degree (e.g., JD/MBA), information about your non-legal graduate degree (e.g, type of degree(s), major, year expected/received, name of school, city and state where school is located)
  • If you have accepted a clerkship following law school graduation, information about your judicial law clerkships (e.g., full name of court(s) served, start and end dates of clerkship(s), name of judge(s), telephone number in chambers)
  • Information about your legal fellowships (e.g., name of fellowship, sponsoring organization, start and end dates, name of supervisor and contact information, salary, mission or purpose of the fellowship, website)
  • Information about previous DOJ experience (e.g., employing component, name of supervisor, supervisor's phone number or email address, start and end dates)
  • Information about other legal and/or non-legal experience including names and telephone numbers of supervisor(s), organization name(s), dates of employment, brief description of responsibilities, start and end dates.
  • A minimum of three references who may be contacted, including names and telephone numbers, relationships, mailing and e-mail addresses
  • Names of all law school courses you are taking in the upcoming year apply and the number of credit hours
  • Information about any unique qualifications, training, special skills or competencies relevant to your application for employment

Once you have gathered all of the necessary information, here are a few tips for completing the online application.

  • Talk to the Career Services Staff in your law school. Often the Career Services Office has valuable insights and tips about the Honors Program application.
  • Keep a record of the unique User ID and Password you are required to create to log on and access your application.
  • Once you log on, review the eligibility criteria and instructions. If you are eligible to apply to the Summer Law Intern Program, complete the acknowledgements page and click on Apply to the Department of Justice.
  • Do not submit multiple applications. If you submit more than one application, Justice will disqualify all but the first one you submitted.
  • PROOFREAD. PROOFREAD. PROOFREAD. Make sure you are satisfied with your application and that it is accurate and free of typos or grammatical errors.
  • Take time with the essay questions. Justice values thoughtful, well-crafted responses that demonstrate who you are, what you can contribute, and why you want to work for the specific components that you identified.
  • Provide the information as prompted and click the “save this information” button at the bottom of each screen. Some questions are required. You will not be permitted to save your information or continue to the next screen if you fail to answer a required question.
  • The online application will accept attachments associated with documenting veterans’ preference eligibility.
  • You cannot apply to both the Honors Program and the Summer Law Intern Program simultaneously.
  • After you have completed your application, we strongly suggest that you print it out and review it before you certify and submit it to the Department. To protect the integrity of the information you submit on your application, the system does not allow substantive changes to be made to data once it has been certified and submitted. Prior to actually certifying and submitting your application, you may update or change information provided you save your changes on the application program. You may print a blank application, a partially completed application, or your completed application.
  • When you have reviewed your application for completeness and accuracy, certify and submit it to the Department for consideration for employment. You will receive an e-mail confirmation that we have received your application. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please check your status online. If your status does not indicate that your application was submitted, please check your application to confirm you properly submitted it. If you believe you did, and your online status does not reflect submission, contact Avue Digital Services for assistance.

Although the deadline to submit your application is the Tuesday after Labor Day, we recommend you allow yourself plenty of time to work on your application and submit it before the deadline. The Department does not accept applications received after the deadline. We regret that we cannot grant exceptions.

Apply online July 31st through the Tuesday after Labor Day

The application closes at 11:59 p.m. EST. The deadline for other main U.S. time zones is: 10:59 p.m. Central Time | 9:59 p.m.Mountain Time | 8:59 p.m. Pacific Time


A well-written application for the Attorney General's Honors Program takes time to complete, and assembling the information listed below in advance will be a helpful time saver.  Allow yourself plenty of time to work on your application and submit it prior to the deadline.  To be considered for the program, applicants must submit an online application by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, the first Tuesday after Labor Day.  Please review the eligibility criteria and instructions before starting the application.

Required Information

  • Email Address: Justice communicates with candidates via email; applicants should have an email address that will not change during the course of the application and hiring process (September - February of the year you apply).

  • References:Names, telephone numbers, and email of 3 references who may be contacted to provide information about you.

Educational Information

  • Undergraduate: Name of your college or university, the type of degree(s), your major(s), the year you graduated, any graduation honors, and the city and state or country where school is located.

  • Law School (J.D. or equivalent): Name of the law school, type of degree, year received or expected, and, for graduates, any graduation honors.

  • Law school grading scale/evaluation process: The online application will automatically include the grading scale/evaluation process for the law school that conferred or will confer your JD. To ensure Justice has the most current information, applicants may provide information relating to their law school’s official grading scale or evaluation process on the "Additional Information" screen.

  • Graduate (Non-Legal) Degree: Name of the college or university, the type of graduate degree(s), the degree field, year received, and the city and state or country where the school is located.

  • Current students: Names, number of credit hours, and end dates of courses you anticipate enrolling in for fall 2017 and spring 2018.

  • Graduate Law Degree (LL.M.): Type of degree(s), specialty, year received, name of school, and city and state or country where school is located.

Employment Information

  • Legal and non-legal experience: Name of the employers or organizations, names and telephone numbers of supervisor(s), dates of employment, brief description of responsibilities.

  • Legal internship or externship experience: Names and telephone numbers of supervisor(s), organization name(s), dates of employment, brief description of responsibilities.

  • U.S. Department of Justice experience: The name of the employing component or office, name of supervisor, supervisor's phone number or email address, start and end date, and type of work (paid or unpaid)

Post-Law School Experience

  • Legal Fellowships: Please see the Legal Fellowship requirements for details..

  • Judicial Clerkships: Full name of court(s) served, type of court (e.g., state, federal), dates of clerkship(s), names of judge(s), telephone number in chambers.

Application Tips 

  • User ID and Password: Keep a record of the unique User ID and Password you must to create to log on and access your application.

  • Review the eligibility criteria and instructions: If you are eligible to apply to the Honors Program, complete the acknowledgements page and click on Apply to the Department of Justice.

  • Apply to either the Honors Program or Summer Law Intern Program: You may apply to either one, but not to both. However, if you are a current law student and apply to the Honors Program, then accept a clerkship, you may be able to transfer to the Summer Law Intern Program.

  • Resume: A resume is not required as part of the application, however, keep it handy as most of the information ordinarily listed is collected in the online application.

  • Law school career services staff: Talk to them for guidance, including review of the two short answer essays. Justice values thoughtful, well-crafted responses that demonstrate who you are, what you can contribute, and why you want to work for the specific components that you identified.

1. Why do you want to work for the Department of Justice and what attracts you to the each of the components you selected? (4000 characters maximum, including spaces)

2. If you could tell the selecting official one thing about yourself, what would it be? (2000 characters maximum, including spaces)

  • Submit only one application: If you make an error prior to the application deadline, you may withdraw your application and submit a new one. If you submit more than one active application, Justice will only consider the first one you submit.

  • Take your time: You do not have to complete the application in one sitting. Prior to certifying and submitting your application, you may update or change information provided you save your changes on the application program. You may print a blank application, a partially completed application, or your completed application. If, after submission but prior to the application deadline, you want to make a change, you must withdraw your application and submit a revised one.

  • Save your information: Always click the “save this information” button at the bottom of each screen of the application. Some questions are required and you will not be permitted to save your information or continue to the next screen if you do not answer a required question.

  • Document Veterans' preference: If you claim veterans’ preference, attach documentation associated with your veterans' preference eligibility. Do not attach unrequested materials, such as letters of recommendation and resumes.

  • Print and proofread: your application prior to submission. Make sure it is accurate and free of typos or grammatical errors. Substantive changes cannot be made to the application once it has been certified and submitted.

  • Receive E-mail confirmation: After submitting your application you will receive an email acknowledging receipt. If you do not receive one, then check your status online. If your status does not indicate that your application was submitted, check your online application to confirm you properly submitted it. If you are unable to confirm submission, please contact Avue Digital Services using the “Live Chat” or “Concierge Service” links on the top and right of the application screen for assistance.