Law Clerk

Washington, D.C
Oct 01, 2022
Oct 08, 2022
Full Time

You will:
  • Conduct legal research for the Environmental Appeals Judges and one or more Senior Attorney-Advisers in connection with cases under administrative appeal to the Environmental Appeals Board.
  • Interpret and apply statutes, rules and regulations relating to the provisions of appropriate Acts and other pertinent laws, regulations, court decisions administrative rulings.
  • Search case reports, briefs, hearing records, transcripts, memoranda and legal documents.
  • Assist Senior Attorney-Advisers in the preparation and review for legal sufficiency of all matters on appeal to the Environmental Appeals Board under major environmental statutes administered by the Agency.
  • Analyze legal and scientific data pertinent to the case, including testimony and pleadings, and evaluate the relevant facts and law.
  • Prepare reports, exhibits, and legal memoranda, outlining the factual and legal issues for evaluation by the Environment Appeals Judges for a final Agency decision.
  • Analyze complex, legal, scientific, engineering and other information and interprets the significance of this data under prevailing legal principles, as expressed in statutes, regulations and case law.
  • Assist in the preparation for, and conduct of, oral argument and analysis of the hearing record as directed by the Environmental Appeals Judges and/or Senior Attorney-Adviser.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must submit a resume and required documents--see How to Apply section.
  • This is a temporary position (see Other Information on assignment limits).
  • You must be a U.S. citizen.

To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Therefore, to the extent a Federal job announcement includes the requirement that applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to E.O. 14043, that requirement does not currently apply. Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.


If you are selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure form within 30 days of your first day of employment and annually thereafter.

This position is designated as Moderate Risk and requires a background investigation. Unless an appropriate background investigation is already on record with the Office of Personnel Management, you must undergo a background investigation. All conditions of the pre-employment security process must be met before an official letter of employment can be issued with a report for duty date.

If you are selected, you may be required to complete a one-year trial period.


Candidates may be in their third year of law school or may have completed law school, obtained a J.D. and are pending admission to a State bar.

NOTE: If you are selected for this vacancy and are admitted to a State bar prior to your start date, you may be hired for an Attorney position as described below. To be hired as an Attorney, you must be admitted to practice before the highest court of a state, U.S. territory, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; and must maintain active status as a member of the bar of one of these jurisdictions.
Appointment type: Term Appt, NTE 2 years from entrance on duty date Pay scale & grade: GS-11 Promotion Potential: GS-12 Job family (Series): 0905 Attorney
In addition, the following specialized training or experience is desired: experience searching case reports, legal documents, periodicals, and textbooks and preparing drafts of letters, memoranda, and legal documents.

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.

If you have part-time work experience, read this: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures .


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

This position is excluded from provisions of the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). Selection under this appointment authority does not confer civil service competitive status.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at EPA. Our excellence can only be fully realized by staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates are committed to advancing equity and inclusion in the Agency's workplace and mission. We encourage applications from candidates with a variety of personal experiences, values, and worldviews that arise from differences of culture and circumstance. At EPA, diversity is a vital element in bringing a balance of perspectives to bear on every challenge we face. We are committed to creating a diverse workforce because we know that the individual strengths and abilities of our employees make us a stronger organization. The more inclusive our employee base is, the greater the variety of ideas that are generated, and the more representative we are of the nation we serve. To learn more about how EPA values and supports our diverse workforce, visit Equal Opportunity Employment at EPA . You can also hear a diverse group of attorneys talk about their careers at EPA on the Legal Careers at EPA Webinar .

About the Office of Mission Support, Environmental Appeals Board: EAB Website

If you have questions about this position, contact Annette Duncan,, (202) 233-0122.

This position is in the bargaining unit.

EPA participates in E-Verify. E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees. For additional information: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures .

If you are selected, travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by EPA. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting to work in this position will be your responsibility.

Except in special circumstances, those new to the federal government will be hired at the starting salary (step 1) of the applicable grade range listed in the Overview section.