Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to apply in 2022?
- Law students (full or part time) who will graduate from an ABA-accredited law school between December 2022 and June 2023.
- Recent law school graduates participating in or formally committed to an eligibility preserving activity (judicial clerkship experience or additional graduate degree program).
- There is no substitution of education for experience.
- Participation in such eligibility preserving activity must begin no later than nine months after law school graduation and be no longer than three years in length.
- No gap greater than 3 months can exist between the end date of the eligibility preserving activity and August 2023. If a gap exists, the applicant should seek to extend or acquire additional eligibility preserving activity to meet such program eligibility requirements.
Two vacancy announcements are accepting applications on USAJOBS. What is the difference between the Law Clerk and the Attorney-Adviser positions?
The Law Clerk position grade 11 is for individuals who are not admitted to the bar upon joining the FDIC. Once admitted to the bar, the individual will be reclassified as an Attorney-Adviser. If you do not acquire bar admission within 14 months of appointment, the appointment terminates (see Qualifications of vacancy announcement).
The Law Clerk position grade 12 is for individuals who are not admitted to the bar upon joining the FDIC; and completed a full-time judicial clerkship, which began no more than nine months after law school graduation. Once admitted to the bar, the individual will be reclassified as an Attorney-Adviser. If you do not acquire bar admission within 14 months of appointment, the appointment terminates (see Qualifications of vacancy announcement).
The Attorney-Adviser is for individuals who have recently graduated, passed the bar exam, and been admitted to the bar of the highest court of a state or the District of Columbia upon joining the FDIC. To submit a complete application package, applicants to this vacancy announcement muse provide proof of bar admission reflecting good status (see Required Documents of vacancy announcement.
While a permanent appointment beyond the temporary 24-month appointment cannot be guaranteed, successful completion of the Honors Attorney Program may lead to a permanent appointment in the FDIC's Legal Division.
Both vacancy announcements are posted as not telework eligible. Can you explain?
The FDIC continually assesses the impact of COVID-19 upon its workforce. As a result, all employees are teleworking. Currently the FDIC is in Phase II of the Return to Office Plan. This means we are operating with maximum telework flexibilities. Once the FDIC implements Phase III of the Return to Office Plan, all Honors Attorney Program participants will have limited telework options and are expected to report to their duty station in Washington, DC or Arlington, Virginia. Honors Attorney Program participants are not eligible for home based or remote work telework options.
Do you pay relocation expenses?
The FDIC does not pay relocation expenses under the Honors Attorney Program.
What is the salary for an Honors Attorney?
The salary for a new law school graduate in the Honors Attorney Program (Law Clerk grade 11 and grade 12) is $83,585 and $94,140 per year, respectively without locality pay. The salary range of graduates who have been admitted to the bar (Attorney-Adviser) is $94,140 per year without locality pay.
What are your employee benefits?
The FDIC provides a very comprehensive benefits package, including a wide variety of health plan offerings under the Federal Employee Health Benefits program, transit subsidy, bar dues reimbursement, on-site fitness center, life insurance coverage, dental and vision coverage, and a tax-deferred 401(k) and Thrift Savings Plan programs with matching FDIC contributions. Program participants will also receive 10 paid federal holidays, 13 days each of annual leave and sick leave per year, and paid parental leave.
When deciding which candidates are qualified for an interview, we look at the candidate's total application package; only complete application packages submitted on USAJOBS will be reviewed.
A complete application package must consist of all of the following:
- Cover letter stating anticipated date of graduation or graduation;
- Resume, which should include unrounded law school GPA and undergraduate GPA. The resume may exceed one page and should emphasize honors, awards and achievements awarded during law school and undergraduate school;
- Persuasive unedited writing sample of 15 pages or less;
- The names of two references including email addresses and daytime phone numbers;
- Law school transcript from ALL LAW SCHOOLS ATTENDED, official or unofficial in a format generated by the law school (photocopy acceptable), and class rank, only when present on an official transcript. Self-prepared transcripts cannot be submitted in lieu of a law school transcript;
- Explanation of unusual grading system, if applicable; and
- Proof of bar admission reflecting good standing status, if applicable.
Can I amend my application package documents (Required Documents listed above) while the application submission period is open?
Yes, amendments to application packages are accepted up until the date of the application deadline. No application packages will be accepted after the application deadline.
To whom should I address my cover letter?
You may address your cover letter to the "Honors Attorney Program Manager."
How will I know if my application is being considered?
We consider all applications "live" until we send you a letter indicating that we are no longer considering your application.
When will I hear from you about an interview?
We intend to begin our interviews for the 2023 Honors Attorney Program in October/November 2022. We contact prospective interviewees by telephone and/or email beginning in October.
Are you planning on conducting in-person interviews?
We are continually assessing the impact of COVID-19. The determination of in-person or virtual interviews will be determined by the Return to Office Plan.
When will you make offers to successful applicants?
For the 2023 Honors Attorney Program we plan to make offers any time from November 2022 through late January 2023.
How are offers made?
We first make a "tentative" offer by telephone or email, followed by an email that includes an application link used for the required background check. Assuming the background check reveals no problems, we then send a formal offer letter with proposed grade and salary as well as start date. Please note that the background check can take up to two months to complete.
Is the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation a qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF)?
Yes, the FDIC is a qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.
If you do not see the answer to your question here, please email your question to HonorsAttorneyProgram@fdic.gov.