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Legal Division Honors Attorney Program

Last Updated: September 10, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I hear from you about an interview?

We intend to begin our interviews for the 2021 Honors Attorney Program in October 2020. We contact prospective interviewees by telephone and/or email beginning in October.

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

I live far from Washington and some states have travel restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Are you planning on conducting in-person interviews?

We are continually assessing the impact of COVID-19. At this time, we anticipate conducting virtual interviews.

When will you make offers to successful applicants?

For the 2021 Honors Attorney Program we can make offers any time from October 2020 through late January 2021.

How are offers made?

We first make a "tentative" offer by telephone, 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. Please note that the background check can take up to two months to complete.

To whom should I address my cover letter?

You may address your cover letter to the "Honors Attorney Program Coordinator."

Do you pay relocation expenses?

The FDIC does not pay relocation expenses under the Honors Attorney Program.

What is the salary for a Honors Attorney?

Currently the beginning salary level for a new law school graduate in the FDIC Honors Attorney Program is $105,891. Graduates with an advanced legal degree or judicial clerkship experience may start at a higher salary. Pay rates for 2021 will be set in early 2021.

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 and 13 days each of annual leave and sick leave per year and paid parental leave.

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