Paralegal Specialist (Recent Graduate)

US Department of Justice - Washington, DC

Full-time | Part-time
Duties
Summary

The Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice, is seeking a paralegal to work directly with attorneys on fast-paced, high-profile litigation. The successful candidate will work side-by-side with a team of attorneys and paralegals on headline-making cases. Must sign Pathways Program Participant Agreement.

Responsibilities

As a Paralegal Specialist (Recent Graduate) GS-0950-7/9 your typical work assignments may include the following:

Conducting research, writing and drafting documents, and organizing as related to legal services;
Analyzing factual data, preparing exhibits, preparing case statements;
Performing advanced research into factual aspects of assigned cases;
Assisting senior staff attorneys in preparing pleadings or briefs;
Handling correspondence and potential conflict between client agencies and attorneys' goals;
Assisting attorneys in conducting interviews with investigative resources;
Managing, tracking, and organizing case information;
Reading and developing synopses and timelines of evidence;
Analyzing testimony and depositions and prepare summaries.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

11

Job family (Series)

0950 Paralegal Specialist

Requirements

Requirements
Conditions of Employment
Must be a US Citizen or National.
Must complete a background investigation to include drug testing.
Selective Service Registration is required, as applicable.
May require completion of one year probationary period.
Must meet eligibility and qualification requirements by closing date of the announcement.
Qualifications
Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements by 11/25/2019 to participate in the Pathways Recent Graduate Program: The Recent Graduates Program affords developmental experiences in the Federal Government intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs.

To be eligible, applicants must apply within two years of degree or certificate completion from a qualifying educational institution (except for veterans precluded from doing so due to their military service obligation, who have up to six years after degree completion to apply). For additional information on the Pathways Program, please visit: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/hiring-authorities/students-recent-graduates/#url=graduates

NOTE: You must submit transcripts or official documentation, to verify Recent Graduate Program eligibility. Transcripts MUST reflect the degree/certificate program and the degree conferred date (Official transcripts are required upon selection).

In addition to the eligibility requirements for the Pathways Recent Graduate Program, you must also meet the following qualifications requirements by 11/25/2019 in order to qualify for the Paralegal Specialist, 0950, at GS-7 or at the GS-9.

GS-7

To qualify for the GS-07 position: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 level in the Federal service or comparable pay band system related to the work of this position, conducting research, writing and drafting documents, and organizing information as it related to legal services.

OR

Education: One full year of graduate level education in a field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position.

OR

Superior Academic Achievement: Successful completion of all the requirements for a bachelor's degree with Superior Academic Achievement. In order to be creditable under this provision, Superior Academic Achievement must have been gained in a curriculum that is qualifying for the position to be filled. Superior Academic Achievement is based on:(1) Class Standing - Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses; OR(2) Grade-Point Average (G.P.A.) - Applicants must have a grade-point average of either (a) 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on your official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or (b) 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.; OR(3) Honor Society Membership - Applicants may be considered eligible based on membership in one of the approved national scholastic honor societies listed by the Association of College Honor Societies (https://www.achsnatl.org/).

OR

Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of education and experience may be used to qualify for this position as long as the computed percentage of the requirements is at least 100%. To compute the percentage of the requirements, divide your total months of experience by 12. Then divide the total number of completed graduate semester hours (or equivalent) by 18. Add the two percentages. You MUST meet all qualification requirements by the 11/25/2019 of this announcement.

To qualify for the GS-9 position: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 level in the Federal service or comparable pay band system related to the work of this position, assisting senior staff attorneys in preparing pleadings or briefs, performing tasks analyzing factual data, preparing exhibits, preparing statements of case, and performing advanced research into factual aspects of assigned cases.

OR

Have a master's or equivalent graduate degree, or successfully completed at least 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, OR received an LL.B or J.D.

OR

Have a combination of graduate education and experience, as described above that meets 100% of the requirements.

Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of education and experience may be used to qualify for this position as long as the computed percentage of the requirements is at least 100%. To compute the percentage of the requirements, divide your total months of experience by 12. Then divide the total number of completed graduate semester hours (or equivalent) by 36. Add the two percentages. You MUST meet all qualification requirements by the 11/25/2019 of this announcement.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Qualifications are based on breadth/level of experience. In addition to describing duties performed, applicants must provide the exact dates of each period of employment (from MM/YYYY to MM/YYYY) and the number of hours worked per week if part time. As qualification determinations cannot be made when resumes do not include the required information, failure to provide this information may result in disqualification. Applicants are encouraged to use the USAJOBS Resume Builder to develop their federal resume.

YOUR RESUME MUST support your responses to the online questionnaire and the qualification requirements. Failure to do so may result in an ineligible rating.

This position may be non-competitively converted to a permanent position; however, conversions are not mandatory or guaranteed.
Education

All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see www.ed.gov.

OR

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to timely provide such evidence by submitting proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency with your application materials. More information may be found at https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

All documentation must be in English or include an English translation. https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

Additional information

Reasonable Accommodation Requests: If you believe you have a disability (i.e., physical or mental), covered by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended and Americans with Disabilities Act 1990 as amended, that would interfere with completing the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, you will be granted the opportunity to request a reasonable accommodation in your online application. Requests for Reasonable Accommodations for the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments and appropriate supporting documentation for Reasonable Accommodation must be received prior to starting the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. Decisions on requests for Reasonable Accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis. If you meet the minimum qualifications of the position, after notification of the adjudication of your request, you will receive an email invitation to complete the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. You must complete all assessments within 48 hours of receiving the URL to access the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, if you received the link after the close of the announcement. To determine if you need a Reasonable Accommodation, please review the Procedures for Requesting a Reasonable Accommodation for Online Assessments here: https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Reasonable_Accommodations_for_USA_Hire

Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information visit: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp.

Veteran Preference: If you are entitled to or claim veteran preference (VP), you should indicate the type of veteran preference (5 or 10 points) you are claiming on your résumé. In order to determine your eligibility, you can find additional information at: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/veterans-services/vet-guide/.

DOJ EEO Statement/Policy: http://www.justice.gov/jmd/eeos/08-eeo-policy.pdf

Schedule A: DOJ welcomes and encourages applications from persons with disabilities and is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department. DOJ also encourages eligible Schedule A applicants to submit their resumes to resume@benderconsult.com, and reference "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line. Additional information is found at: www.benderconsult.com.

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Additional information is found at: www.sss.gov.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

You will be evaluated based on how well you meet the qualifications listed in this vacancy announcement. Your qualifications will be evaluated based on your application materials (e.g., resume, supporting documents), the responses you provide on the application questionnaire, and the result of the online assessments required for this position. You will be assessed on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics):

Attention to Detail
Customer Service
Integrity/Honesty
Interpersonal Skills
Learning
Self-Management
Teamwork
Decision Making
Flexibility
Reading
Reasoning
Stress Tolerance
Research
Oral Communication
Written Communication
Computer Skills

In order to be considered for this position, you must complete all required steps in the process. In addition to the application and application questionnaire, this position requires an online assessment. The online assessment measures critical general competencies required to perform the job.

Overstating your qualifications and/or experience in your application materials or application questionnaire may result in your removal from consideration. Cheating on the online assessment may also result in your removal from consideration.

Please Note: The Selecting Officials may select additional candidates if more positions become available within 90 days after the HR office issues the selection certificate or the certificate may be shared with other organizations within the Civil Division.

NOTE: Following completion of program requirements, selectees may be non-competitively converted to a permanent or term appointment . All conversion requirements will be identified in the Participant Agreement. Program requirements include but are not limited to: Successful completion of at least 1 year of continuous service; Completion of at least 40 hours of interactive training; Mentorship; Demonstration of successful job performance; and Meet the qualification position standards. Conversion is not guaranteed or implied.

Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Other

Drug test required

Yes

Position sensitivity and risk

Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

Trust determination process

Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application package which includes:

Resume showing relevant experience, work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. (cover letter optional).
Resume must provide the exact dates of each period of employment to include MM/YYYY to MM/YYYY and the number of hours worked per week if part time.
Veteran documentation, (if applicable).
CTAP/ICTAP documentation, (if applicable)
Schedule (A) Documentation (if applicable)
If you are requesting a reasonable accommodation to the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, submit documentation to support your request, including the Reasonable Accommodation Request Form found here.
An unofficial college transcript, if qualifying based on education. (Note: If you are selected for this position, official transcript(s) will be required prior to your first day.) (Use if education is being credited for the purpose of meeting minimum qualification requirements or if grade point average is being used to determine superior academic achievement.)
Your Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire.

Benefits

Benefits

A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.