Attorney Honors Program

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The NOAA Office of the General Counsel (NOAA GC) is recruiting highly qualified law school students, judicial law clerks, and legal fellows for entry level attorney positions in our Fall 2022 Attorney Honors Program.  Interested individuals may learn more about the position and apply to the Honors Program through USA Jobs via this link: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/611618100.  For employment beginning in Fall 2022, the application period opened August 20, 2021, and will close on September 20, 2021.

The NOAA GC Attorney Honors Program is an outstanding way to start a public service legal career.  NOAA GC provides legal advice to the NOAA Administrator and NOAA program offices on a wide variety of legal issues including implementing administrative and federal law requirements and procedures; protecting and managing marine resources such as U.S. and international fisheries, marine mammals, endangered and threatened marine species; conserving and managing ocean and coastal areas and marine sanctuaries; predicting and communicating weather forecasts; planning and managing Earth-observing satellite systems; and licensing of commercial satellites.

NOAA GC attorneys serve in one of thirteen sections located in Silver Spring, MD, Washington, D.C., and six regional offices in Seattle, WA; St. Petersburg, FL; Gloucester, MA; Long Beach, CA; Juneau, AK; and Honolulu, HI. During the 18-month program, Honors Attorneys will complete three, six-month rotations in the different sections of NOAA GC. Rotations provide opportunities to develop lawyering skills in different legal practice contexts, gain exposure to various facets of NOAA's science-based programs, and work both independently and with experienced NOAA attorneys. At the end of the third rotation and consistent with the needs of NOAA GC, Honors Program attorneys will be permanently placed in one of the thirteen legal sections, making reasonable efforts to take into account their preferences for a permanent placement. Honors Program attorneys are expected to be placed in Silver Spring, MD/Washington, D.C. area sections but may request permanent placement in one of the regional offices.

The Attorney Honors Program is open to law school students who will receive their J.D. degree by June 30, 2022; to graduate law students with a J.D. who will receive their L.L.M. by June 30, 2022; and recent law school graduates with a J.D. who will complete a judicial clerkship or a legal fellowship by September 2022. 

NOAA GC is committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment in which it leverages diversity to achieve mission goals and maximizes the potential of individuals and NOAA. NOAA GC encourages applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds to apply; having a background in government or environmental law is not a prerequisite for acceptance into the Attorney Honors Program.