OGC Honors Program


The new DoD OGC Honors Program will provide highly qualified, entry-level attorneys with the opportunity to gain exposure to a broad variety of subject matter areas over a two-year period. The Program includes rotations in at least two different divisions within OGC, and more as time and mission permit. Participants will complete complex legal assignments and provide advice in a variety of legal practice areas, including:
•    International law
•    Intelligence law
•    Operational law
•    Administrative and personnel law
•    Environmental and energy law
•    Fiscal law
•    Litigation
•    Legislative drafting
•    Information law
•    Ethics
•    Attorney professional responsibility
•    Any other area of practice within the purview of DoD OGC
Participants will have the opportunity to take on immediate responsibility and directly contribute to significant matters within DoD OGC and in the Department of Defense, each in support of DoD’s mission to defend the nation, deter aggression, and further U.S. national security objectives. Every participant in the Honors Program will be assigned a mentor. 
The Program will be highly competitive and focus on recruiting a diverse range of candidates to work in an equitable, inclusive, and accessible environment. 
DoD OGC seeks to recruit two attorneys in the summer of 2024 for a two-year term. Following completion of the program, participants will have the opportunity to be considered for permanent positions in DoD OGC without further competition.


You are eligible to apply if you are:
1.    A U.S. citizen.
2.    Able to successfully complete a background investigation and maintain a security clearance.  
3.    A law student graduating from an American Bar Association-accredited law school by Spring 2024.
4.    (a) An attorney with no more than two years of experience in the practice of law; or (b) An attorney with over two years of experience in the practice of law because of one or more Federal court or state supreme court (or equivalent) clerkships, within one year of completing the clerkship(s).


Please check back soon for more information about key dates for our fall 2024 recruitment cycle.

I. All vacancies are filled without regard to political, religious, or labor organization affiliation or non-affiliation; marital status; race; color; national origin; sex; sexual orientation; age; non-disqualifying physical or mental handicap or any other non-merit factor.

II. Individuals are advised that false answers or omissions of information in resumes, processing forms, or information provided, or inability to meet the following conditions may be grounds for non-selection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.

III. A male selectee to an attorney position, born after December 31, 1959, will be required to complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration prior to appointment.

IV. Individuals must meet time-in-grade, qualification, and other applicable requirements. Individuals selected for attorney positions must be active members, in good standing, of the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. Territory, U.S. Commonwealth, or the District of Columbia. If selected, an individual will be required to provide proof of such active membership in good standing.

V.  Third-year law students or recent law school graduates do not need to provide proof of active bar membership when submitting their resumé but will be required to do so prior to commencing employment.

V. For all attorney positions, selection is contingent upon proof of U.S. citizenship. Acceptable proof of citizenship includes (a) United States passport or (b) original or certified copy of a birth certificate issued by a state, county, or municipal authority bearing a raised seal, and a photo identification (e.g., driver's license).

VI. Position may require eligibility for a sensitive national security position, including, but not limited to, access to classified information, in which case the selectee will be subject to a background investigation. Selectees must be favorably adjudicated as being eligible to hold a national security position or access to classified information at the level required for the position as a condition of employment.

VII. All attorney positions require the selectee to submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.

VIII. Many attorney positions require submission of a financial disclosure statement.

IX. Incumbents in applicable attorney positions may be promoted noncompetitively at a future date within an established career ladder.

X. The General Counsel, DoD, reserves the right to fill vacancies in attorney positions located in the Office of the General Counsel and DLSA from any and all appropriate sources, consistent with merit system principles.