Do I need to be admitted to the bar to participate in the Honors Program?

When we accept applications from graduating and recently-graduated law students, we do not require that they already be admitted to any state bar. However, all participants must be admitted to a state bar within 14 months of becoming an FCC employee.

Normally, when we accept applications from judicial law clerks or experienced attorneys, they must be admitted to the bar before beginning employment with the FCC.

Do I need to be licensed to practice law in D.C. to participate in the program or to be employed by the FCC?

No. FCC attorneys may be admitted to the bar of any state and need not be admitted to the D.C. bar.

When we accept applications from graduating and recently-graduated law students, we do not require that they already be admitted to any state bar. However, all participants must be admitted to a state bar within 14 months of becoming an FCC employee.

When is the next application window?

The application window for the Fall 2020 Honors Program is August 1 through September 17, 2019. 

I am graduating from law school in December 2019. Can I apply to the Fall 2020 Honors Program?

Yes. We expect that Fall 2020 program participants will start work in September 2020. Earlier start dates may be available, depending on the FCC's budget and needs, but participants generally should not expect to be able to start work before mid-September 2020.

I've already graduated from law school, and I am not clerking for a judge this judicial term (2019-2020). Am I eligible to participate in the Attorney Honors Program?

At this time, we are only taking applications from graduating law students (e.g., both J.D. and LLM candidates) and judicial clerks serving for the 2019-2020 judicial term.

Are non-U.S. citizens eligible for the program?

If you are not a U.S. Citizen, you may be eligible for federal employment and may apply for the Honors Program if you fall into one of the following categories of individuals:

  • Individuals who are lawful permanent residents seeking citizenship as outlined in 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3)(B);
  • Individuals who are admitted refugees under 8 U.S.C. 1157 or granted asylum under 8 U.S.C. 1158 and have filed a declaration of intention to become a lawful permanent resident and then a citizen when eligible; or
  • Individuals who owe allegiance to the United States (e.g., nationals of American Samoa, Swains Island)

(Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, Pub. L. No. 114-113, Div. E, Title VII, § 704, December 18, 2015, 129 Stat. 2242.)

In addition to meeting one of the criteria listed above, you are still subject to the requirements of immigration law. You must provide documentation supporting your eligibility prior to being hired. If you are selected as an FCC Honors Attorney, you must also successfully complete a background investigation.

For more information about citizenship requirements for federal employment, please visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/508/NonCitizensEmployment#icc. If you have additional questions about the eligibility of non-U.S. citizens for the FCC Attorney Honors Program, please contact Dionne Butler in our Office of Human Resources at Dionne.Butler@fcc.gov or at (202) 418-0141.

When will I hear back from the FCC about my application?

You should receive an acknowledgement by email that we have received your application shortly after receipt. We typically begin selecting candidates for interviews in October/November, and begin making offers before the end of the year. This tentative timeline is subject to change.

Date Last Updated/Reviewed: 
Monday, July 22, 2019