Website Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) is an independent agency created by the Congress to maintain stability and public confidence in the nation’s financial system. The FDIC insures deposits; examines and supervises financial institutions for safety, soundness, and consumer protection; makes large and complex financial institutions resolvable; and manages receiverships.



This Honors Attorney Program position is located in the Legal Division, Strategic Planning and Operations Group of the FDIC. The Program allows students in their final year of law school, new law school graduates in a post graduate program, and recently graduated judicial clerks to learn and work in support of the FDIC’s mission.

Additional selections may be made from this vacancy announcement to fill identical vacancies that occur subsequent to this announcement.


This job is open to:

The public

U.S. Citizens, Nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Clarification from the agency

All United States citizens.




  • Provides legal research and analysis.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of corporate, commercial, constitutional, and administrative law, as well as knowledge of statutory construction.
  • Prepares legal opinions on a wide variety of subjects.
  • Prepares legal documents such as complaints, motions, briefs, and regulations, and legal memoranda/forms.
  • Complete assigned tasks and/or projects of limited scope and complexity designed to develop skills and proficiency.



Conditions of Employment

Bar membership required.



In order to qualify for the Honors Attorney Program, you must meet the following qualification criteria

1) A J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school; AND 2.) A current judicial law clerk, who’s judicial law clerk experience began no later than nine months after law school graduation and has been no longer than three years in length; AND 3.) Active member in good standing of the bar of at least one state, territory commonwealth, or the District of Columbia; AND 4.) Be in at least the upper thirty-three percent (33%) of your law school class and/or have an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 unrounded based on a scale of 4.0. NOTE: If your law school does not calculate class rank, and also does not provide traditional grades or a GPA, you should include a link to the school’s grading policy and should provide a narrative explanation of how your law school performance correlates with our requirements.


There is no substitution of education for the experience for this position.


Additional information


Selected candidates will be assigned to our headquarters offices in Washington, D.C. and Arlington, Virginia.

This position is advertised as with a final closing date of 09/11/2022. Applicants that apply before each cut-off date listed below or when a request for an additional vacancy is submitted will be considered. Interviews will not be scheduled until all applications have been considered.

Due to the high volume of qualified applicants expected to apply, a first cut-off date of 06/30/2022 will be used. A second cut-off date of 07/29/2022 will be used. A third cut-off date of 08/15/2022 will be used. A fourth cut-off date of 08/31/2022 will be used. A final cut-off date of 09/11/2022 will be used.

Successful completion of the Honors Attorney Program may lead to a permanent appointment in the FDIC’s Legal Division.




A career with the U.S. government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Opens in a new window.  Learn more about federal benefits.


In addition to the regular benefits offered by Federal agencies, the FDIC offers additional benefits to its employees. These benefits, some at minimal cost, are some of the best and most competitive in both the private and public sectors.

To find out more, click here.


Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.


How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.


You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the minimum position qualifications.

Your application will be rated based on the information provided in your resume and supplemental information. If your complete application meets the minimum position qualifications, your application will be referred to the selecting official.

Your complete application must be submitted during the open period (dates listed at the top of this page) and reflect how you meet the minimum qualification and ideal candidate criteria listed under the “Qualifications Required” section.

Please keep in mind your resume is of key importance for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to submit a thorough resume that directly relates to this position. If you rated yourself higher than what is supported by your resume, your overall qualifications assessment may be adversely affected. All candidates who meet the minimum qualifications are referred to the selecting official.

Candidates who are eligible for veterans’ preference will receive consideration.

The assessment questionnaire is designed to measure your ability in the following competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs):

  1. Ability to perform research, recognize legal issues, weigh and evaluate complicated information and utilize both facts and law in developing legal arguments and alternative positions.
  2. Knowledge of rules of evidence, appellate and civil procedure and practice.
  3. Ability to draft legal memoranda, legal opinions, regulations, pleadings, motions, briefs and other legal documents.
  4. Ability to convey ideas effectively and persuasively to others, in writing.
  5. Ability to coordinate work with attorneys, paralegals and other support staff to ensure work is accomplished correctly and in a timely manner.

You do not need to respond separately to these KSAs. Your answers to the online questionnaire and resume will serve as responses to the KSAs.


Required Documents


VETERANS’ PREFERENCE: If you are claiming veterans’ preference, click here.  (Note: Veterans must submit the Member 4 copy of the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty – or other copy showing the type of discharge/character of service [e.g., Honorable, Under Honorable Conditions, etc.] along with any other required documents (e.g., DD-214, VA Letter, SF-15, etc.) to demonstrate veterans’ preference eligibility.)

A complete application consists of:

1) Cover letter stating date of graduation;

2) Resume, which should include unrounded law school GPA and undergraduate GPA. The resume may exceed one page and should emphasize honors, awards and achievements awarded during law school and undergraduate school;

3) Persuasive unedited writing sample of 15 pages or less;

4) The names of two references including email addresses and daytime phone numbers;

5) Law school transcript from ALL LAW SCHOOLS ATTENDED, official or unofficial in a format generated by the law school (photocopy acceptable), and class rank, only when present on an official transcript. Self-prepared transcripts cannot be submitted in lieu of a law school transcript;

6) Explanation of unusual grading system, if applicable; and

7) Proof of Bar Admission reflecting good standing status.

When deciding which candidates are qualified for an interview, we look at the candidate’s total application package including undergraduate academic record, law school academic record, any law review or law journal participation (including service as an editor), judicial clerkship, national or regional moot court competition participation, and other special qualifications (such as another advanced degree in a related area) or life experience and writing sample. An appropriate writing sample should be persuasive and demonstrate the candidate’s legal research, analytical problem solving, and writing skills, (i.e., organization, grammar, spelling, and persuasiveness). Applicants should not submit an edited work, such as a published law review article or opinion issued by a court; however, a draft that is totally your work (i.e., not edited by anyone other than you) is acceptable. Writing samples should not exceed 15 pages.


If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.


How to Apply


To begin, click the “Apply” button and follow the prompts. If you haven’t already, register and establish a USAJOBS account. After you register online, click the “Apply” button to complete the online assessment questionnaire, and submit all required documents. Please be sure to click “Submit Application” to complete the application process. You must apply online.

Applicants requesting an exception from the online process must contact the Human Resources Specialist or contact point listed in this announcement prior to 12:00 noon local time on the closing date.

To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account and click on “Applications” tab. Click on the “Position Title,” and then select “Update Application” or “Additional Application Information” to continue.

You have until 11:59 p.m. ET (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this announcement to complete the application process.

Please ensure you have completed the application process by verifying the status of your application on-line to reflect: “Received”. Failure to complete the application process will result in an incomplete application and you will not be considered for the position.


Agency contact information

 Terrance Sims








Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Human Resources Service Center
3501 Fairfax Drive
HRB (PA-1730-5007)
Arlington, Virginia 22226
United States


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