Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

The Washington State Attorney General's Office is pleased to invite you to apply to our 2018 Honors Program. The 2018 Honors Program will culminate in offers of an Assistant Attorney General position to a small (5-8) number of applicants. The AGO's Honors Program is open to all third-year law students (those graduating in the spring of 2019) of law schools accredited by the American Bar Association and judicial clerks of the appellate and federal level. Those who receive offers will be placed into Assistant Attorney General positions starting in August of 2019. Offers are contingent upon passing the July 2019 Washington State Bar examination or, for judicial clerks not yet members of the Washington State Bar Association, admission to the Washington State Bar by one's start date.

In furtherance of its mission to deliver the highest quality professional legal services to officials, agencies, and people of the state of Washington, the AGO covers a remarkably diverse legal landscape, including social and health services, consumer protection, civil and administrative litigation, environmental law, torts, tribal law, labor law, appellate practice and criminal prosecution.  The majority of Assistant Attorneys General provide litigation and client advice in support of an assigned client(s), the full scope of which includes more than 230 state agencies, boards, commissions, colleges and universities, as well as the Legislature and the Governor.  The AGO has approximately 600 attorneys working in approximately two dozen offices in the following locations:  Olympia, Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane, Everett, Bellingham, Vancouver, Yakima, Kennewick, Wenatchee, Port Angeles and Pullman.
Although every position is unique, typical duties of Assistant Attorneys General include researching legal issues, consulting with clients and providing option-based advice as necessary, developing litigation strategy, identifying and preparing witnesses and exhibits, crafting necessary pleadings and briefs and litigating cases before administrative entities or various levels of state and federal court.
Specific placement decisions are made based upon one's geographic and divisional preferences as communicated during this application process (see "supplemental questions" section).  Regardless of one's specific placement, the Office offers the opportunity to hit the ground running with meaningful work, collegial colleagues and a strong infrastructure to support one's professional development.  Appreciating the benefits of a healthy work-life balance and the importance and value of a respectful and diverse workplace, the Office has created and actively supports programs such as employee-developed affinity groups, a mentoring program and other diversity and inclusion initiatives.

To be eligible, one must be a third-year law student, attending a school accredited by the ABA, or a judicial clerk, of an appellate or federal court, who received a JD from a law school accredited by the ABA.

The following qualifications of those seeking a position via the Honors Program are highly desirable:

  • Superior verbal and written communication skills that allows one to convey accurate information in a clear, concise and understandable manner;
  • Interest in litigation and the ability to work both independently and in teams to successfully prioritize and manage one's own caseload;
  • Strong interpersonal skills including being a team player and being able to work with people of diverse backgrounds with respect and professionalism at all times;
  • An interest in the work of the AGO and a demonstrated commitment to public service;
  • A diverse background in terms of education, experience and perspective;
  • The willingness to learn new areas of the law and develop new skills;
  • Divisional and geographic preferences that can be reasonably satisfied via the Honors Program.


Questions about this program can be directed to Linda Nakamura at (206) 464-6446 or Linda.Nakamura@atg.wa.gov.  Information about the Attorney General's Office can be found by visiting our website at www.atg.wa.gov.


To be considered for this opportunity, visit the posting [HERE].  In addition to fully completing a profile and responding to all supplemental questions, you must upload all required documents (see list that follows). Additional information such as writing samples and additional letters of recommendation will be accepted, but are not required. Required documents are:

  • A letter of interest;
  • Resume;
  • Law school transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable); and
  • Letter of recommendation*.

* The letter of recommendation is the ONLY document that will be accepted separately. The letter can be submitted by e-mail (Linda.Nakamura@atg.wa.gov), mail (800 5th Avenue, Suite 2000, Seattle, WA 98104) or fax (206-389-2058). Whether separate or uploaded via this system, the letter must be received by your specific deadline. (See note about deadlines that follows below.) Former and current AGO law clerks must submit a letter of recommendation authored by one's AGO supervisor.
Timely and complete applications will be reviewed and invitations to interview will be extended. First round interviews will be held in the AGO's Tumwater, Seattle or Spokane offices, the Northwest Minority Job Fair, as well as on campus at Seattle University School of Law, the University of Washington School of Law and Gonzaga Law School. Second round interviews will be held in the aforementioned AGO locations, and third- and final round interviews will be held in the Olympia and Seattle AGO. The AGO is not able to reimburse applicants for expenses incurred while participating in this recruitment program. Although subject to change, we do expect to extend offers to successful applicant by November 2018.
A CRITICAL NOTE ABOUT DEADLINES!! If you are a student attending a law school at which the AGO conducts on-campus interviews (i.e., the law schools of the University of Washington, Gonzaga and Seattle University) you MUST adhere to your specific law school's OCI deadline.  All other applicants MUST apply by August 15, 2018.  
Questions about this program can be directed to Linda Nakamura at (206) 464-6446 or Linda.Nakamura@atg.wa.gov. Information about the Attorney General's Office can be found by visiting our website at www.atg.wa.gov.

(A few positions within the AGO have exposure to information that requires staff be screened and pass a fingerprint-based background check.  Although unlikely, a Honors Program candidate could be placed into one of the affected positions and thus this provides notice that you may be subject to a fingerprint background check and be subject to additional background checks as a condition of employment every five (5) years thereafter.)

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Honoring diversity, equity and inclusion means that as an agency, and as individuals, we are committed to ensuring that all employees and volunteers enjoy a respectful, safe and supportive working environment.  Only by fostering the inclusion of people from all backgrounds, cultures and attributes, can AGO employees and volunteers achieve their fullest potential and best advance the goals and mission of the AGO. 

The AGO is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation/gender identity, age, disability, honorably discharged veteran or military status, retaliation or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Persons requiring reasonable accommodation in the application process or requiring information in an alternative format may contact Tracy Robinson at 360-586-7693.  Those with a hearing impairment in need of accommodation are encouraged to contact the Washington Relay Service at 1-800-676-3777 or www.washingtonrelay.com.