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Paralegal Specialist

Washington, D.C
Closing date
Dec 6, 2022

CRS works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS has been a valued and respected resource on Capitol Hill for over a century.

CRS is well known for analysis that is authoritative, confidential, objective, and nonpartisan. Its highest priority is to ensure that Congress has immediate access to the nation's best thinking on public policy issues of interest to its Members and committees.

THIS IS AN OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT. Applications will be reviewed every two weeks. This announcement will close once all vacancies have been filled or when the announcement reaches the end of the open period.

Qualified applicants will perform a variety of services within ALD, such as cite-checking for accuracy, reviewing for proper use of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation , and proofreading and editing written products. Candidates will further support ALD's legal programs and initiatives, such as legal seminars, presentations, and web-based projects, as required. Strong cite-checking, Bluebooking, proofreading, editing, legal research (e.g., Westlaw, LexisNexis, HeinOnline), and technological skills are required. Candidates must also demonstrate superior organization skills and attention to detail.


Conditions of Employment

U.S. citizenship is required by law, regulation, executive order, or government contract for this particular position.

Library of Congress employees are prohibited from using illegal drugs, including marijuana. The Library is part of the Federal Government and abides by federal law, so regardless of individual state or District of Columbia laws, marijuana use is illegal, considered criminal activity, and can affect your employment at the Library. In addition, past or current drug use and activities (e.g., selling or distributing) may deem you ineligible for employment.



One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 grade level in the federal service or at a comparable level of difficulty outside the federal service.

Expected Skills and Abilities
  • Ability to cite-check and Bluebook
  • Ability to proofread and edit legal materials
  • Ability to conduct basic legal research
  • Ability to stay organized and demonstrate attention to detail
  • Ability to solve problems and make decisions
  • Ability to interact collaboratively with others
  • Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing

Additional information

The position description number for this position is 391427.

The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.

The incumbent of this position is eligible to work a flextime work schedule.

The tour of duty for this position is full-time, temporary.

This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.

Although it is the Library's policy to afford the maximum pay benefit to employees when setting rates of pay, a new appointee who has had no previous Federal service will generally be paid the minimum step of the grade.

The Library of Congress is an equal opportunity employer. All who meet the eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please email The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants with disabilities may be considered under special hiring procedures and must submit an appropriate certificate of eligibility when applying for this position. The proof or disability/certification may be issued by the State Vocational Rehabilitation Office, Disability Services or Career Services office of the applicant's college or university, or the Department of Veterans Affairs. The letter must verify that the applicant has a severe disability and must be dated within three years of the date of the application. Certification from health care providers are not accepted. For more information contact the Library's Office of EEO/Diversity Programs at 202-707-6024 or email FAILURE TO SUBMIT YOUR CERTIFICATION WILL CAUSE YOUR APPLICATION TO NOT BE CONSIDERED UNDER THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT PROGRAM.

The Library of Congress is the national library of the United States and is part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service.

Appointment/retention is subject to a favorable evaluation of an appropriate personnel security/suitability investigation.

The Library reserves the right to fill a lesser or greater number of vacancies indicated during the life of this vacancy announcement.

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