Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

The Washington State Attorney General's Office (AGO) is pleased to invite you to apply to our 2020 Honors Program. The Honors Program is a yearly opportunity for third-year law students and judicial clerks of the appellate and federal courts to apply for permanent, entry-level attorney positions. This year’s program will culminate in offers of an Assistant Attorney General (AAG) position to 2 or 3 applicants. Those who receive offers will be placed into AAG positions starting in August of 2021. Offers are contingent upon passing the July 2021 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.

Although every AAG position is unique, typical duties of AAGs include:

  • Researching legal issues;
  • Consulting with clients and providing option-based advice as necessary;
  • Developing litigation strategies;
  • 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.

We encourage you to visit the posting for full opportunity details, qualification information and to apply. The deadline for the receipt of the application and all required supporting material is September 15, 2020.  Please note that the recruitment process involves as many as two rounds of interviews, with first interviews scheduled to occur in October. Please note that the health and safety of AGO staff and our community is of paramount importance to the AGO. Accordingly, at this time, we envision all interviews to be conducted by means other than in-person. Although subject to change, we anticipate making offers no later than January 1, 2021.

For questions about the AGO's Honors Program, you are encouraged and welcome to contact Attorney Recruitment Administrator Linda Nakamura at (206) 464-6446 or Linda.Nakamura@atg.wa.gov.


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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.