Honors Attorney Program

The CIA Legal Honors Program allows a small number of exceptionally qualified recent law school graduates to obtain a broad exposure to the practice of national security law over a three-year period. Honors Program Attorneys typically will be assigned to two different Divisions within the CIA's Office of General Counsel during the course of the program, although some may actually have three different assignments. Factors considered in assigning Honors Program attorneys will be the needs of the Office, the skill sets needed to succeed in a career within the Office of General Counsel, and the background and skills of the Honors attorney.

The Office of General Counsel designates two attorneys each year to serve as the formal coordinators for the Honors Program. The coordinators will ensure that all Honors Program Attorneys have mentors within the Office of General Counsel who can assist them in acclimating to CIA and the practice of law, and that all Honors Attorneys are afforded the opportunity to participate in relevant training courses.

Subject to the successful completion of the personnel screening process, Honors Program candidates will be brought into the Honors Program as CIA staff employees. Honors Program Attorneys are allowed 14 months in which to successfully complete the bar examination from any of the 50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or the US Virgin Islands. Honors Program Attorneys who have just graduated from law school will be paid at the rate of GS-11, Step 4.