This position is located in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Each Honors Attorney is placed in a particular office in Washington, D.C. For the Honors Attorney class that will begin in Fall 2021, Honors Attorneys may be hired into the Office of Enforcement or the Office of Supervision Policy. During the two-year program, Honors Attorneys will also have the opportunity to rotate into a different Bureau office or other federal agency to develop additional skills.

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The Office of Enforcement is the primary litigating arm of the Bureau and enforces federal consumer financial laws by investigating cases of potential wrongdoing and taking legal action where appropriate. Enforcement attorneys conduct factual investigations of companies to determine whether they are violating the law, research legal issues, and handle all stages of enforcement litigation at the trial court level.

The Office of Supervision Policy (OSP) develops supervision strategy and provides subject-matter expertise to the Bureau's examination staff on legal and policy issues. OSP's work is varied, spanning the consumer financial marketplace under the Bureau's supervisory authority, including mortgages, student loans, auto loans, payday lending, and international money transfers. We work closely with other offices in the Bureau, including the offices of Enforcement, Fair Lending, Regulations, Markets, and Legal, as well as with other regulators (both state and federal).

As an Honors Attorney, you may be:

  • Investigating and litigating potential unfair, deceptive, abusive, and discriminatory acts or practices or other potential violations of federal consumer financial law;
  • Defending Bureau rules and regulations in litigation;
  • Drafting appellate and amicus briefs regarding consumer financial law and other issues;
  • Providing analysis and advice for supervisory examinations;
  • Participating in complex rulemakings;
  • Developing policy guidance to improve industry compliance; and
  • Advising senior Bureau officials on various legal and policy issues, including those with general applicability to the federal government, such as labor, employment, ethics, and intellectual property.

Travel Required

Occasional travel – As needed

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
53 – Honors Attorneys are hired at the CN-51, CN-52, or the CN-53 level, depending on their level of experience. Promotion opportunities are available during and after the program in accordance with Bureau policy.


Conditions of Employment

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  • Please refer to "Conditions of Employment."
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National
  • Public Trust Background investigation will be required.

To be eligible for the Honors Attorney Program, applicants must be either:

(1) current law students who expect to graduate before August 1, 2021, OR

(2) attorneys who graduated from law school after August 1, 2018, and who, at the time of appointment, will have spent no more than one year since graduating law school in a position other than a graduate education program, judicial clerkship, public-interest position, or comparable activity.

Applicants must also be U.S. Citizens.

Bar Membership: Applicants who are a current member of a bar with a valid license to practice law in a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico will be placed as an Honors Attorney into the CN52 or CN53 level positions. Applicants who are not yet a member of a bar will be placed into the CN-51 grade level as a Law Clerk, which is a term appointment Not to Exceed 14-months, until successful completion of the Bar Examination.


You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.


Additional information

– We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
– This announcement may be used to fill like positions in other organizations within the Bureau.
– All candidates will be considered without regard to any non-merit reasons such as race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, lawful political affiliation, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, protected genetic information, parental status, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.
– Relocation expenses will not be paid.
– Depending on which office candidates are selected for the position may be ineligible for bargaining unit representation.

– Subject to a 2 year trial period.
– Must successfully complete a background investigation.
– Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency.
– If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
– Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
– Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9 . Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
– Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel, if necessary.

Ethics: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau employees are subject to government-wide ethical standards of conduct, financial disclosure requirements, and post-employment prohibitions, which applicants may review at www.oge.gov . In addition, Bureau employees must comply with the Supplemental Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (5 CFR 9401), which, among other things, prohibit an employee or the employee's spouse or minor child from owning or controlling a debt or equity interest in an entity supervised by the Bureau. BCFP's regulations also impose restrictions on the outside activities of certain Bureau employees, including examiners and attorneys. Applicants may review the Bureau's ethics regulations and a summary of the regulations at www.consumerfinance.gov . Questions regarding these requirements and prohibitions should be directed to the Bureau Ethics Office at EthicsHelpcfpb.gov .

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

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We will evaluate your application by comparing your description of your work experience, level of responsibility, and accomplishments, with the requirements of the position to determine whether you meet all the qualification requirements. The following questions are for information gathering purposes only.

Veterans preference is not applied but considered a positive factor.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

**Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible). Please ensure all required documents, including any required work samples, narratives, or other materials as stated in this announcement, are attached to your application package. Documents can be uploaded under the category of "Cover Letter".


  • A current resume, highlighting your legal education and experience including the law school from which you have graduated and your date of graduation; OR the law school that you are currently attending including your date of proposed graduation; This program is highly selective, and successful candidates should have a distinguished academic and professional record, which may include graduation with honors, high class rank, experience on law review or other legal journals, moot court experience, a judicial clerkship or other post graduate legal experience, and a demonstrated commitment to public service or consumer protection. Please make sure to include all relevant achievements and experience on your resume so that you may be given proper consideration for this position.
  • A law school transcript (an unofficial version is acceptable);
  • A cover letter; describing why you want to work at the Bureau, the type of work you would like to do, how your experiences will contribute to your success at the Bureau, and, if you have a preference, which office(s) you would prefer to work in (although your application will be reviewed by each participating office); and
  • Veteran's Preference Documentation, if applicable: Veterans preference is not applied for this announcement, but is considered a positive factor. If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. Compensably disabled preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form. An SF-15 may be found at the OPM Forms Page. For more information on veteran's preference, click here .

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