Honors Attorney

$105,891 yearly
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
  • Washington D.C., DC, USA or Arlington, VA, USA, with a rotation at one of our regional offices
  • Sep 10, 2020
Full time Legal

Job Description


The FDIC Honors Attorney Program (HAP) is a selective 2-year developmental entry-level program for outstanding law school graduates and recent judicial clerks.  The HAP provides in-depth knowledge and a unique level of participation in the diverse legal practice at the FDIC. Honors Attorneys participate in a series of 3-month rotations and are given substantial individual responsibility and professional growth opportunities.  Honors Attorneys are provided with work assignments designed to expose them to different areas of FDIC legal practice, which includes corporate, banking supervision, litigation, legislative, fintech, employment, and contracting disciplines.

Honors Attorneys tackle important and interesting matters, including:

  • Participating in high profile rulemakings implementing the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act;
  • Preparing for and attending meetings with international banking regulators; and
  • Working with attorneys on consumer and risk enforcement matters, including taking sworn statements in preparation for administrative hearings.


  • Applicants must be: in their final year of law school at an American Bar Association accredited law school; a full time graduate student in their final year of graduate school that began degree immediately following law school; or a recent law school graduate finishing a judicial clerkship not exceeding 3 years that is their first significant legal employment after law school.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 or be in the top 33% of their law school class.
  • Admission to practice before the highest court of any state, territory or District of Columbia, or scheduled to take the bar exam following graduation and available to start work in mid-August after finishing their qualifying final year.

*Compensation in 2020:

Starting salary for new law school graduates in the Honors Attorney Program in 2020 is $105,891. Graduates with an advanced legal degree or judicial clerkship may start at a higher salary. Salaries for 2021 will be set in early 2021.

*Includes locality pay adjustment for the Washington Metropolitan Area.   

Additional Information: Bar membership must be acquired within 14 months of appointment or the appointment terminates.  While permanent appointment cannot be guaranteed upon HAP completion, successful completion of the HAP may lead to a permanent appointment in the FDIC’s Legal Division.  For more information, contact HonorsAttorneyProgram@fdic.gov.  Apply online via https://www.fdic.gov/about/careers/student-opportunities/legal-division-honors-program.html