Attorney General's Honors Program

The Attorney General's Honors Program is a highly competitive program for recent law school graduates and newly admitted lawyers who are committed to a career in public service. Honors Program attorneys will work with Department experts on important issues involving criminal justice, consumer protection, preserving the environment, maintaining a fair marketplace, policies and programs administered by state agencies, state public officials and constitutional officers, and, above all, preserving the rule of law. They will have the opportunity to receive on-the-job training, career development programming and mentorship advice from some of the most senior members of the Attorney General’s Office, draft legal pleadings, and gain courtroom experience. The 2023 Honors Program class will be located in Southern California (Los Angeles and San Diego Offices).

Webinar Info. Sessions

Please join members from the California Department of Justice for one or more of our six online events as we discuss our Attorney General’s Honors Program (visit the Application Process page for more information - the deadline to apply for the Honors Program is October 24, 2022). We look forward to discussing the program, the application process, and why it’s an excellent opportunity for third-year law students, recent law school graduates and newly admitted attorneys who are committed to a career in public service. We will also provide information regarding the Attorney General’s Earl Warren Solicitor General Fellowship and will have staff on hand to answer questions during the webinar.

To register for the webinars, please click on the links below. We hope to see you!

September 15 - 12:00-1:00pm
Webinar 1 - General Information Session
https://primetime.bluejeans.com/a2m/register/kttfayrj

September 21 - 12:00-1:00pm
Webinar 2 - Public Rights Info Session
https://primetime.bluejeans.com/a2m/register/uyfaxrpp

September 27 - 12:00-1:00pm
Webinar 3 – Criminal Law Info Session
https://primetime.bluejeans.com/a2m/register/gzugjdfv

October 4 - 12:00-1:00pm
Webinar 4 - Division of Medical Fraud & Elder Abuse Info Session
https://primetime.bluejeans.com/a2m/register/tycwpaxd

October 7 - 12:00-1:00pm
Webinar 5 - Civil Info Session
https://primetime.bluejeans.com/a2m/register/apcwswgp

October 12 - 12:00-1:00pm
Webinar 6 - General Information Session
https://primetime.bluejeans.com/a2m/register/pazhtbkr

Eligibility Criteria

The Attorney General's Honors Program is open to third-year law students and students in their final year of other graduate law programs (e.g., LL.M. programs) at an accredited law school, newly admitted lawyers in their first year of practice, judicial clerks, and individuals participating in government, academic or public interest fellowships who will complete their clerkships or fellowships in September 2023. Applicants should be California Bar members, or plan to take the July 2023 Bar exam. Failure to pass the California Bar exam within 12 months of employment may result in termination from the program. We encourage all applicants to take the earliest possible California Bar exam. The Attorney General's Honors Program asks for a two-year commitment, beginning in September 2023.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated interest in public service
  • Excellent writing skills
  • An excellent academic record

Application Process

To begin the application process, you will need to fill out a State application (STD 678) and the AG Honors Program Application. You will also need to provide a resume, a writing sample, a personal statement, two letters of recommendation, and law school transcripts. Please see "Application Checklist" section below for more detailed information.

We recommend that you submit your completed application(s) and all required documents electronically through a CalCareers account at www.jobs.ca.gov. If you choose not to apply electronically, a hard copy application package (postmarked by October 24, 2022) may be submitted by mailing it to:

Department of Justice
Attorney General's Honors Program
Attn: Attorney Hiring Unit
1300 I Street, 7th floor
Sacramento, CA, 95814

Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by October 24, 2022 in order to be considered. We will not consider late applications. We will not consider incomplete applications or applications submitted by email or fax.

Candidates selected to move forward in the process will be notified regarding interviews in November 2022. Interviews are anticipated to be scheduled in November/December 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact aghonorsapps@doj.ca.gov.

Please note: If you are applying to both the Honors Program and the Earl Warren Fellowship, a complete application package must be submitted for each program.

Application Checklist

Application materials:

  • State Examination/Employment Application (STD 678)
  • Completed AG Honors Program Application
  • Personal statement
  • Resume
  • Writing sample, no more than 15 pages
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your legal work, including one from a law school professor
  • Law school transcript (unofficial transcripts will be accepted)

Timeline:

  • September 1, 2022: Application filing period begins
  • October 24, 2022: All applications must be received or postmarked by this date
  • November 2022: Candidates selected for interviews will be notified
  • November/December 2022: Interviews will be held
  • September 2023: Program begins