TRENTON – Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin has announced applications are being accepted for the Honors Program, a two-year program that offers recent law school graduates and newly admitted lawyers the opportunity to start their legal careers in public service in the Department of Law and Public Safety.
This year marks the fifth and largest class of participants who will have opportunities formulate policy and legal strategy, investigate cases, draft legal pleadings, negotiate with opposing counsel, and argue in court. In addition, program participants attend workshops and training to develop legal skills and introduce them to the full range of work performed by a state attorney general’s office.
“The Honors Program provides attorneys at the start of their legal careers with an unmatched opportunity to gain valuable experience and engage in public service,” Platkin said in a release.
The program is open to all third-year law students or those in the final year of other graduate law programs, judicial clerks who will complete their clerkships by September 2024, and individuals completing post-graduation fellowships by September 2024. Positions are available in Newark and Trenton.
Participants will rotate through one or more of the following subject matter areas:
- Civil Rights
- Reproductive Health Rights
- Firearms Civil Enforcement and Accountability
- Social Media Accountability and Data Privacy/Cybersecurity
- Environmental Justice and Enforcement
- Workers’ Rights and Labor Enforcement
- Solicitor General Fellow
- Public Integrity, Conviction Review, and Police Policy*
- Violence Intervention and Victim Assistance
- Youth Justice
- Sexual and Domestic Violence Policy, Prevention, and Enforcement
- Violence Suppression and Organized Crime*
- Cyber Crimes*
- Human Trafficking*
*new or modified subject matter for 2024.
Applicants who meet the Honors Program criteria can apply for entry into the program through the AG Honors Program website, at https://www.njoag.gov/careers/ag-honors-program/. Applications are due by Oct. 13.