Honors Attorney Program

Current Openings

Honors Attorney Program – 2024 – Placement Recruitment – Closes September 24, 2023

About the Honors Attorney Program

The Oregon Department of Justice Honors Attorney Program is a two-year program that provides the opportunity to gain public law experience for exceptional recent law school graduates, including those who have served as judicial clerks. As an Honors Attorney, you will immediately handle your own caseload and have the opportunity to work on some of the most pressing issues facing the state.

The program enables new attorneys to gain invaluable hands-on experience in a wide range of legal disciplines alongside more experienced attorneys. Disciplines include complex litigation, environmental law, criminal law, antitrust, consumer protection, protecting Oregon’s children, and constitutional issues.

Employment Terms

The term of appointment for an Honors Attorney is two years. Honors Attorneys typically rotate from one division to another after their first year.


GPA and class rank are important, but other factors such as background experience and enthusiasm for public service are of equal value.

You must be admitted to the Oregon State Bar (or expect to be shortly after appointment) and be eligible to practice law before the courts of the state of Oregon.

How To Apply

We start the application process the middle of August each year. Specific dates will be announced and updated here. Please check back with us if the dates for this year are not currently posted.

The following materials are required for application:

  • Online application
  • Letter of interest
  • Resume
  • Law school transcript
  • Writing sample
  • Two letters of recommendation


Please email us at DOJ.Recruitment@doj.oregon.gov if you have any questions about a listed position. Also include in the email if there are particular areas of the Oregon DOJ that interest you, and we will direct your question to that section.