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U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of the Solicitor Accepting Applications for 2020 Honors Program

WASHINGTON, DC – The application period for the fall 2020 Honors Program in the Office of the Solicitor at the U.S. Department of Labor is underway. The program provides challenging professional opportunities for outstanding law school graduates with a passion for public service. The approximately 550 attorneys in the U.S. Department of Labor's Solicitor's Office enforce and interpret labor standards, occupational and mine safety and health laws, civil rights laws, pension and health benefit laws, and more on behalf of workers.

Honors Program attorneys work in the Solicitor's Office either at the Department's headquarters in Washington, D.C., or in one of its regional offices, 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 the solicitor's national or regional offices.

The Department currently plans to hire approximately 11 attorneys to begin the Honors Program in the fall of 2020. Applicants must graduate from law school in spring or summer of 2020 or finish a fellowship or judicial clerkship in time to start the Honors Program in September 2020. Selection is highly competitive and candidates will be considered based on academic achievement, writing skills, law review or moot court experience, clinic or extracurricular activities, as well as demonstrated interest in government service or public interest law.

Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. EDT on October 7, 2019. To find out more about the program, please visit To submit an application, please visit

The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.

Office of the Solicitor
September 23, 2019
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Contact: Megan Sweeney
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