Honors Fellowship Program

Established by Attorney General Sam Olens in March 2016, the Honors Fellowship Program aims to recruit talented, public-service-minded attorneys to work in the Law Department for a two-year fellowship. Working closely with senior state attorneys, Honors Fellows will quickly gain experience in legal research; discovery; motions practice; brief writing; and client interactions. Honors Fellows who work in litigation sections should also expect deposition and courtroom experience. Honors Fellows will also enjoy specialized training and programming.

The Law Department will hire up to three Honors Fellows each year.  Applicants may express a preference for the division they would work in if hired, and Honors Fellows may have the opportunity to work in one division for two years or two divisions for one year each. 

Law Department divisions include: (1) Regulated Industries and Professions; (2) Commercial Transactions and Litigation; (3) Criminal Justice; (4) General Litigation; (5) Government Services & Employment; (6) Special Prosecutions; (7) Medicaid Fraud Control Unit; (8) Consumer Protection; and (9) Solicitor General's Office.

For a description of each division and the sections housed in them, please see http://law.ga.gov/organization-office and http://law.ga.gov/internship-program.

Who Is Eligible To Apply For The 2017 Honors Fellowship Program?

The Honors Fellowship Program is open to recent law school graduates: third-year students graduating from accredited law schools and newly admitted attorneys who are completing full-time judicial clerkships or full-time government, academic, or public-interest fellowships. We are particularly interested in applications from graduates from Georgia law schools and from recent law school graduates with ties to Georgia.

Applicants should possess the following qualifications: outstanding academic record; excellence in writing and research; and demonstrated interest in public service. Participation in law review and judicial clerkship experience strongly preferred.

Honors Fellows entering their first year of practice will be compensated at the Law Department starting salary of $60,000 plus benefits. If Honors Fellows are not already licensed to practice in Georgia, they will be expected to sit for and pass the next available Georgia bar exam following graduation.  Attorneys selected for the 2017 Honors Fellowship Program should plan on starting work around September 1, 2017.

Application Timeline

For the 2017 Honors Fellowship Program, the Law Department will accept applications postmarked from August 15, 2016 to September 26, 2016.

Completed applications must be postmarked on or before September 26, 2016.

Offers will be extended by the end of the calendar year.

How to Apply

Completed applications for the 2017 Honors Fellowship Program should be postmarked on or before September 26, 2016 and must include:

  • Responses to two essay questions below (500 word maximum per response; see below)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Certified copy of undergraduate and law school transcripts[1]
  • Resume
  • List of top three preferred division placements
  • Attorney application and waiver, located at:  http://law.ga.gov/sites/law.ga.gov/files/related_files/site_page/AG-%238...  (includes request for writing samples)

Please send completed applications to:

Ms. Wanda Brown
Human Resources Director
Department of Law
40 Capitol Square S.W.
Atlanta, Georgia 30334

Employment is contingent on the completion and satisfactory results of a background check.

Please call Wanda Brown (404-656-3300) with questions.

[1]  Letters of recommendation and certified transcripts may be mailed separately but must also be postmarked on or before September 26, 2016.

Application Essay Questions

Why do you want to work in the Georgia Department of Law, and what would make you a good fit for the Department?

What has been your most fulfilling legal or extracurricular experience during law school or during the year(s) immediately following law school?