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Honors Attorney Fellowship Program in the Office of Regional Counsel in Chicago (EPA Region 5)

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Fall 2020 EPA Region 5 Honors Attorney Fellowships

Region 5 ORC is seeking applications for two Fall 2020 EPA Region 5 Honors Attorney Fellowships. These are temporary two-year positions in the Chicago, Illinois office. Honors Attorney Fellows are expected to commit to the full two-year term that will begin in the fall of 2020. The deadline to apply was December 2, 2019.

The EPA Region 5 Honors Attorney Fellowship is designed for a recent law school graduate with excellent academic credentials and a strong interest in an environmental law career and the public sector. The fellowship provides an opportunity for entry-level attorneys to practice law in a leading governmental environmental organization, and to receive extensive training in and exposure to environmental law and policy work in the public sector.

Region 5 offers new attorneys significant responsibility, the opportunity to handle a varied caseload that includes enforcement and counseling work, and extensive training and mentoring from dedicated colleagues with recognized expertise. The Region offers a diverse and supportive work environment.

Learn more about positions in the Office of Regional Counsel in Chicago (EPA Region 5)


  • Applicant must be a J.D. graduate of an ABA-accredited law school and be a member of a state bar,
    or a 2019 or 2020 J.D. graduate with bar membership pending.
  • The applicant must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.
  • The ideal candidate will be a recently graudated attorney with excellent written and oral communication skills, a strong interest in public service and the mission of EPA. We are also interested in recent graudates who are currently serving in judicial clerkships, the term of which will expire in the summer or fall of 2020.
  • Region 5 has a strong preference that the applicant be able to start in the fall of 2020. 
  • If you qualify for veterans' preference and want the Agency to consider that preference as a positive factor in reviewing your application, you must include in your application appropriate documentation such as DD214 (copy 4), your VA letter, or Standard Form-15 (disabled veteran).

Pay and Benefits

  • During the first year, salary will be at the GS-11 level (currently starting at $68,897.30 per year).
  • During the second year, salary will be at the GS-12 level (currently starting at $82,579.44).
  • Judicial clerks may be hired at the GS-12 grade.
  • There is no promotion potential beyond GS-12 for this position.
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized.

Federal employment benefits are among the most comprehensive programs available anywhere. View additional information on benefits.

How to Apply

We will accept applications for the Fall 2020 Fellowships through December 2, 2019. EPA will not accept applications received after December 2, 2019.

All required supporting documents must be submitted electronically via email to with the subject heading Fall 2020 Region 5 Honors Attorney Fellowship.

Please submit the following information, preferably in PDF format:

  • A resume, including significant accomplishments, work experience, class rank or G.P.A., contact telephone numbers, and e-mail address.
  • An unofficial transcript of law school grades (we will request an official version if you are selected).
  • A cover letter explaining the applicant's interest in the position.
  • The name, address and telephone numbers of 3 references.
  • A short writing sample not to exceed ten pages.
  • Proof of active bar membership and license to practice law in any State, U.S. Territory, Puerto Rico or the District of Columbia (or a statement that you are a 2019 or 2020 J.D. graduate with bar membership pending).
  • Veterans' Preference supporting documents, if applicable.

Selected applicants will be invited for interviews in Chicago (at the candidate's expense), or video conference interviews may be conducted when appropriate. Offers for the Fall 2020 Fellowships will be made shortly thereafter. We expect to fill two Fellowship positions.

For questions about the Fall 2020 EPA Region 5 Honors Attorney Fellowship, please contact:

Karen L. Peaceman, Fellowship Program Coordinator

More information about EPA Region 5

EPA is an equal opportunity employer. Selection for this position will be based solely on merit without regard to race; color; religion; sex, including pregnancy, sex stereotyping, gender identity or gender expression; national origin; sexual orientation; physical or mental disability; age; protected genetic information; status as a parent; marital status or political affiliation.