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The Congressional Research Service (CRS) Law Recruit program offers the opportunity to support the CRS mission of serving the Congress throughout the legislative process as a legislative attorney with the American Law Division. Newly hired participants are eligible for conversion to permanent legislative attorney appointments, contingent upon successful performance in the initial appointment and admission to the bar within 14 months of the initial appointment.


The program is open to: (1) students in their final year of law school, (2) recent law school graduates serving in judicial clerkships, and (3) Library of Congress employees who possess a law degree but are not serving in the General Attorney (GS-0905) series. All candidates must possess a portfolio of high-quality legal analytical writing. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Recruitment and Application Procedures


The recruitment and application process for the Law Recruit Program involves three steps.

Initial Recruitment Interview

Interested candidates must complete an initial recruitment interview before proceeding to the formal application stage. Initial recruitment interviews are generally conducted at selected regional job fairs and recruitment conferences. A candidate who has not had the opportunity to attend such fairs or conferences may request a recruitment interview by submitting an individual expression of interest (consisting of a cover letter and a resumé) that: (1) addresses specifically the candidate's qualifications and interest in legal research and writing in a public service legislative context, and (2) demonstrates strong research, writing and oral communication skills. Individual expressions of interest must be sent to the email address below by November 1. The Division is not able to respond to all correspondence.

Formal Application

Candidates who have completed an initial recruitment interview may submit a formal application. A formal application package consists of a cover letter, resumé, law school transcript or self-prepared course list, and evidence of the ability to research and write legal analytical documents. Applications must be submitted by November 1.

On-site Interview

Application packages are examined by American Law Division recruiters, and selected applicants are invited to a more in-depth interview held in the Division in Washington, D.C. Such interviews are generally conducted in December. Offers are extended in January and are finalized upon the candidate's graduation from law school. Law recruits typically report for work in September.

Salary and Promotion Potential

Law Recruits are hired at the GS-11 level (entry level salary currently starting at $64,650), which requires graduation from law school but does not require bar membership. Bar membership must be obtained within 14 months of hire. The legislative attorney position carries a promotion potential to the GS-15 level ($128,082–$160,300). Staff are eligible for promotion after one year in grade and demonstrated performance at the next highest grade.

More Information

To learn more about the Law Recruit Program or the American Law Division, contact Karen J. Lewis at [email protected].

CRS is an equal opportunity employer committed to workforce diversity.

Last Updated: 03/28/2017