Become a PMF
Federal agencies may hire Finalists through the
PMF Program to fill positions involving policy and legislative
program development. The intent of the PMF Program is to train and
develop Fellows for positions into the competitive service upon
As a result of the Pathways Programs regulations
(effective July 10, 2012), impacting the PMF Program, Finalists
cannot be appointed into attorney positions and Fellows cannot
reappoint into attorney positions. Finalists seeking appointments
as an attorney in the Federal Government may wish to look for such
opportunities outside the PMF Program through USAJOBS
or on individual Federal agency websites.
Attorney positions are outside the PMF Program's hiring
authority. There are a number of occupations for which a
law degree and/or legal experience are qualifying and valuable, and
may be appropriate for Fellows, but not necessarily required.
Examples include, but are not limited to:
- Paralegal Specialist;
- Hearings and Appeals Specialist;
- Contract Specialist;
- Labor Relations Specialist; and
- Estate Tax Examiner.
Applicants with an LLM (Masters of Law degree) may meet
eligibility requirements for a professional degree.
However, for those individuals who obtained their LLM from a
foreign academic institution, the LLM may need to be validated to
the qualification standards Federal agencies will use in filling
PMF appointments. The PMF Program Office will validate the
applicant's eligibility and the academic institution's
accreditation (or equivalent).
In addition, Fellows should not be serving as attorneys or
practicing law during rotations or developmental assignments.