U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Solicitor General Bristow Fellowship Program

Every year, the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) accepts applications for one-year Bristow Fellowships. Bristow Fellows assist OSG attorneys in drafting briefs in opposition to certiorari filed against the government in the Supreme Court of the United States, preparing petitions for certiorari and briefs on the merits in Supreme Court cases, preparing recommendations to the Solicitor General regarding authorization of government appeals in the lower courts and assisting in the preparation of oral arguments in the Supreme Court. OSG usually selects four Bristow Fellows each year.


Applicants must be law school graduates with excellent academic records. They typically come to the Fellowship after completion of a one-year judicial clerkship, most frequently with a federal appellate court judge. OSG receives applications from a diverse group of graduates from law schools throughout the United States.

The Fellowship has a one-year term that cannot lead directly to employment in the Solicitor General’s Office. The salary is established at the GS-12 level.

Application Process:

Applications for Bristow Fellowships are accepted between July 15 and September 1 of the preceding year. Fellows are appointed for a one-year period starting in July or August of each year. Fellowship selections will be announced no later than December of the application submission year. All application materials must be postmarked no later than September 1, 2014 to be considered.

Application Materials Required:

  1. Cover letter containing a statement of interest;
  2. Resume;
  3. Official law school transcript;
  4. Three letters from references familiar with the applicant’s work and abilities; and
  5. Writing sample.

All materials should be enclosed in one package, including letters of reference.

Application materials may be sent via regular or express mail to the following address:

Department of Justice
Office of the Solicitor General
950 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Room 5142
Washington, D.C. 20530
Attention: Bristow Hiring Panel

You may also email your application. Please send attachments in pdf format and note “Bristow Applicant” in the subject line.

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