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US Department of Housing and Urban Development

Legal Internship



    This position is located in the Office of General Counsel (OGC). There are 10 vacancies open that will be filled in the following locations:

    Atlanta, GA: Chicago, IL; Denver, CO; Fort Worth, TX; New York, NY; Washington, DC

    Note: When applying, please ONLY select up to 3 locations that you are interested in on a permanent basis. You will not be able to change locations if converted to a permanent appointment.

    The salary listed in the announcement is a range based on the available locations.



    HUD’s Legal Honors Program is designed for law students graduating from J.D. and LLM programs, and recent law school graduates completing a judicial clerkship. The Legal Honors Program is HUD’s only hiring program for entry-level attorneys. Subject to appropriations, legal honor positions are available annually in headquarters and field offices. Successful candidates begin work in September and participate in a 14-month appointment that can lead to a permanent position, pending bar admission. During the program, Legal Honors are assigned mentors, are given the opportunity to rotate to other offices within OGC, and participate in additional training and monthly discussions to enhance their program experience and develop their legal abilities.

    The program is highly competitive and candidates are selected on the basis of merit. Selection considerations include many factors such as: academic achievement; law review and other publication work; extracurricular activities such as moot court competitions and legal clinics; employment history; and participation in activities related to HUD’s mission.

    Additional information regarding the legal honors law clerk program can be found at:

    As a Law Clerk, you will:

    • Prepare and handle both affirmative and defensive litigation cases involving all programs and participates with private attorneys in handling cases involving HUD funded activities.
    • Participate in matters affecting HUD programs and administration in the field office or HUD Headquarters jurisdiction and exercises clear and precise judgment and discretion in formulating responses to legal issues with the assistance of the senior level attorney
    • Provide professional and administrative legal assistance as appropriate to protect the interests of the United States.
    • Prepare all pleadings, motions, briefs, and memorandum of law to be filed in cases. As appropriate, these documents are reviewed by a senior level attorney.
    • Perform legal research and prepare memoranda of law based upon the products of his or her research.
    • Conducts discovery, including examination or cross-examination of witnesses by deposition.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    0904 Law Clerk

  • Requirements


    Conditions of Employment

    • U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals

    This position is located in the Office of General Counsel (OGC). OGC is the chief legal officer of the Department, the principal legal adviser to the Secretary and staff of HUD, and the head of the Departmental Enforcement Center. OGC provides legal opinions, advice, and services with respect to all Departmental programs and activities, and assists in the development of HUD programs and policies. OGC also provides functional legal counsel on defensive and affirmative litigation and the development of legislation and regulations.

    The Legal Honors Program will begin in September 2020. If selected, you MUST be able to start work and report for duty on or before August 31, 2020.


    Law Clerk Program GS-11: To be considered for the Law Clerk Program, applicants MUST meet the following criteria:
    (1) Third-year law students who will earn their J.D. by June 2020; OR
    (2) Graduate law (LL.M) students in their last year of study who will graduate by June 2020; OR
    (3) A 2018 law school graduate holding a current judicial law clerk position whose clerkship ends no later than September 2020.


    (4) Must NOT have been admitted to the bar of any State, District of Columbia, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or territories of the United States.
    (5) Applicants must have an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 based on a scale of 4.0.
    (6) Only United States citizens can be admitted to the Law Clerk Program, and each person selected for the program must undergo a complete security/background investigation and be granted a security clearance.


    To be eligible for the law clerk program, applicants must meet the following criteria:.

    (1) Third-year law students who will earn their J.D. by June 2020; OR
    (2) Graduate law (LL.M) students in their last year of study who will graduate by June 2020; OR
    (3) A 2018 law school graduate holding a current judicial law clerk position whose clerkship ends no later than September 2020.

    For positions with an education requirement, you MUST submit a copy of your transcripts. The transcript must be submitted with the law school’s grading system explanation attached. An official transcript will be required if you are selected. If you are a 3rd year law student, please ensure your transcript includes grades through the 4th semester (Spring/Fall 2019).

    Additional information

    • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
    • Relocation expenses will not be paid.
    • This is a non-bargaining unit position.
    • This position is exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
    • HUD offers alternative and flexible work schedules.

    • A 2-year trial period is required and begins if/when converted to a permanent position.
    • 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.

    HUD employees are subject to a number of government-wide and HUD specific ethics laws and regulations, including restrictions on outside employment. To review applicable ethics rules, please visit

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Your application includes your résumé, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your résumé includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your résumé may result in a “not qualified” determination.

    1. Minimum Requirements: Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. You will be found not qualified if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we will rate you as ineligible.
    2. Referral: Since this is an Excepted Service position, a non-rated method of evaluation will be used. 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. Veterans' preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Preference-eligibles will be listed at the top and considered before non-preference-eligibles. Candidates who meet all the qualification and other eligibility requirements will be referred to the selecting official for consideration and possible interview.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance


    Drug test required


  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

    A complete application includes 1. A résumé, 2. Vacancy question responses, and 3. Submission of any 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).

    All applicants are required to submit a résumé either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. (Cover letters are optional.) To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/date/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your résumé. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your résumé to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view résumé tips.


    WRITING SAMPLE: A legal writing sample of between 5 – 10 pages (double spaced) containing legal analysis.

    REFERENCES: List of 3 references (professional or academic)

    EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION: Law school transcript - A transcript MUST be submitted with law school’s grading system explanation attached. An official transcript will be required if you are selected. If you are a 3rd year law student, please ensure your transcript includes grades through the 4th semester (Spring/Fall 2019).

    A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation page.

    If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to the OPM instructions.

    VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION: If you are claiming veterans preference, please see applicant guide for required documentation. In order to be considered for veterans preference, you must submit all required documentation as outlined in the applicant guide.

    Recommended Documents:
    In addition, we recommend that you submit copies of the following:

    • A short cover letter, addressed to the Legal Honors Program, no more than 1 page in length, summarizing your interest in HUD. (Optional)

    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.

  • Benefits


    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. Learn more about federal benefits.

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    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.