This position will serve as a student trainee and will receive training in analytical methods used to develop objectively based information in support of administrative and programmatic planning, development, evaluation, and managerial decision-making. On-the-job training assignments provide a practical understanding of the organization, programs, policies, and objectives of the agency as well as furnish experience in the application of principles, procedures, and work techniques.
As a Student Trainee (Paralegal), you will:
Conduct legal research using an online research tool such as Lexis and/or Westlaw as well as manually using a law library.
Maintain and update accurate case files or transaction files for attorneys, maintain automated computer tracking systems for all legal files/documents as needed, and assemble exhibits for affidavits and other legal documents.
Consistently maintain absolute confidentiality in sensitive and confidential matters under review of the Office of General Counsel. Exhibit prudence and discretion to a very high degree given the broad range of program activities that frequently require extremely sensitive handling by the Department.
Schedule, organize, and arrange interviews, meetings and conferences, regarding space, participants, materials and time; orders office supplies; and arrange travel for attorneys through automated travel systems.
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0999 Legal Occupations Student Trainee
Conditions of Employment
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Pathways Internship Program Requirements:If selected, you MUST:
Sign a Pathways Internship Program agreement;
Provide official documentation of enrollment every semester while in the program;
Notify the agency of any change in enrollment status and/or work schedule;
Provide official documentation verifying at least a half-time course load as defined by the educational institution; a less than half time schedule is permitted during the final term;
Provide official documentation verifying good academic standing by maintaining at least an overall 2.0 GPA or higher (on a 4.0 scale);
Participate in Department mandatory training classes or programs as required;
Prepare and implement an Individual Development Plan (IDP) for appointments exceeding 90 days; AND
Perform successfully the assigned duties listed in the position description.
See additional "Conditions of Employment" noted below.
This position is located in the Office of the General Counsel (OGC). OGC is headed by the General Counsel, who serves as the chief legal officer of the Department. The General Counsel is the legal advisor to the Secretary and other principal staff of the Department. It is the responsibility of the General Counsel and staff to provide legal opinions, advice and services with respect to all programs and activities, and to provide counsel and assistance in the development of the Department’s programs and policies.
Candidates will be selected for a job assigned to one of the official duty stations listed in this announcement. Failure to report to duty at the location for which the candidate is selected may be grounds for a disciplinary action, including removal.
You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing of this announcement.
For the GS-07, you must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes:
Performing legal research and preparing necessary documentation in the course of litigation.
For the Pathways Internship Program you may qualify based solely on education as follows: Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate level education, or eligibility under the Superior Academic Achievement Provision and completion of a bachelor's degree.
You may qualify by a combination of experience and education. To combine education and experience, the total percentage of experience at the required grade level compared to the experience requirement, as well as the percentage of completed education compared to the education requirement must equal at least 100 percent. (For example: the completion of 6 months of graduate education and 6 months of specialized experience.)
Experience may have been gained in either the public, private sector or volunteer service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/day/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week on your resume.
Pathways Student Internship Program Education Requirement:
A. Must be a current student at an accredited high school (public or private) or in a home-school program*; college (including 4-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges); professional, technical, vocational, or trade school; advanced degree programs; or other qualifying educational institution, on a full or half-time basis (as defined by the institution in which the student is enrolled) pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate.
- Secondary home-school curricula must be recognized by the State or local government oversight agency.
B. You must maintain student eligibility and enrollment for the duration of the internship. If you do not maintain eligibility and enrollment, you are ineligible for this program. Please review the "REQUIREMENTS" section of the vacancy announcement to ensure that you qualify to apply to this internship.
C. Every semester, you must maintain good academic standing with an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE PATHWAYS PROGRAM? For additional information regarding the Pathways Program, please refer to the following website: www.usajobs.gov/StudentsAndGrads
Education generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment.
We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
Relocation expenses will not be paid.
This is a bargaining unit position. However, temporary employees with appointments less than 6 months are not in the bargaining unit.
This position is Non-Exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
HUD provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Contact the Applicant Call Center at 304-480-7300 for assistance.
This appointment may be extended depending on the organization’s needs and funding.
Recruitment incentive may be offered.
HUD offers alternative and flexible work schedules.
HUD may convert a student non-competitively from the Pathways Student Trainee Program to a term or permanent position in the competitive service. The target position upon conversion is a Paralegal Specialist with a full performance level of a GS-12. However, conversion is not mandatory or guaranteed. Students must be U.S. citizens and meet the following requirements to be eligible for conversion:
Complete the required number of hours of work experience (generally, at least 640 hours) while enrolled as a full-time or half-time degree-seeking student;
Complete the educational requirements from a qualifying institution;
Receive a favorable recommendation by an official of the agency; and
Meet the qualification requirements for the position to which the Student will be converted.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Subject to a Trial period for the duration of the Pathways Student Trainee Program appointment.
Must successfully complete a background investigation.
Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency
If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
HUD employees are subject to a number of government-wide and HUD specific ethics laws and regulations, including restrictions on outside employment. To review applicable ethics rules, please visit https://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/general_counsel/ethics
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your application includes your résumé, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a “not qualified” determination.
Your application will be evaluated in the following areas: Research and Analysis, Communication, and Systems and Technology.
Veterans' preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Preference eligibles will be considered before non-preference eligibles.
If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. You may be required to participate in a selection interview.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
A complete application includes 1. A resume, 2. Vacancy question responses, and 3. Submission of any required documents. Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).
All applicants are required to submit a resume either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. (Cover letters are optional.) To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/date/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your résumé. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your résumé to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view résumé tips.
If you are qualifying based on education, you MUST submit a copy of your transcripts or a list of course showing title, number of credits, grade, and date of completion.
You MUST submit a copy of your transcripts or a list of courses showing title, number of credits, and grade from an accredited college or university verifying proof of degree.
VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION:
If you are claiming veterans preference, please see applicant guide for required documentation In order to be considered for veterans preference, you must submit all required documentation as outlined in the applicant guide.
For more information on veterans' preference view FedsHireVets.
Transcripts are required at the time of application submission for Pathways Internship position. For positions with a specific education requirement, submitted transcripts must also meet the specified education requirements. Official transcript(s) will be required if you are selected.
CURRENT PROOF OF ENROLLMENT:
You MUST submit a copy of your current schedule or upcoming schedule as proof of enrollment. Must show proof of 2020 enrollment. Applications without required education documentation will not be considered. We must be able to verify your continuing student status and completed degree/credits.
Proof of enrollment must show that you are currently enrolled or have been accepted for enrollment on at least a half-time basis (generally, 6 semester hours). If you are applying within 30 days of the end of a semester/quarter and your transcript does not show enrollment for the next term, you must provide a letter from the school registrar that shows your status as a full or half-time student or you must provide proof from a resource such as the National Student Clearinghouse (http://www.studentclearinghouse.org/).
You MUST submit dated documentation verifying you meet the definition of student. (e.g. letter from the registrar, unofficial transcripts).
An academic year of undergraduate education is defined as 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours, or the equivalent in an accredited college or university.
A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation page.
If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to the OPM instructions.
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This job is open to
Current students enrolled in accredited educational institutions from high school to graduate level. Includes internships, pathways and other student programs.
Clarification from the agency
U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals who are Students enrolled, or accepted for enrollment, on at least a half-time basis; seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) at a qualifying educational institution*; have a cumulative 2.0 grade point average or higher (4.0 scale); are in good academic standing; and at least 16 years of age. *Please reference the EDUCATION section of this announcement for more information regarding the definition of "qualifying educational institution" for this position.