25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Relocation expenses reimbursed No
Qualifications by Closing Date: Unless otherwise noted, you must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements by 11:59 P.M. Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of the announcement. Please note that qualification claims will be subject to verification.
Applicants must be a graduate of a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association and an active member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
E-Verify: DHS uses E-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.
Promotion Potential: This position has promotion potential to the GS-15. This position may be filled at the GS-0905-13, GS-0905-14 and GS-0905-15 grade level. If a selection is made at either grade level, promotion to the next higher level is without further competition. When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.
Trial Period: New attorneys to the Federal government will be required to serve a trial period of 2 years.
Bargaining Unit Status: This is a bargaining unit position.
Direct Deposit: All federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
Notice to Veterans' Preference: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the Excepted Service; however, the OPLA considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring.
Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documents (e.g., DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active duty) to their submissions. Although the point-preference system is not used, applicants eligible to claim a 10-point preference must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference, and supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed. The SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preference and the required supporting documents, is available from the Office of Personnel Management Website at https://www.opm.gov.
Financial Disclosure: If you are hired, you may be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 450) within 30 days after appointment.
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your resume and supporting documentation will be thoroughly reviewed to ensure that you meet the minimum qualification requirements. Your resume, cover letter, and other applicant information should reflect the breadth of your experience, expertise, demonstrated ability, and/or training.
A strong knowledge of immigration law and outstanding written and oral advocacy skills are required for the position, and specialized experience in federal court litigation, criminal law, appellate advocacy, and/or protection law is preferred. Other considerations include:
- Knowledge of immigration law including protection law, criminal and noncriminal grounds of removability, eligibility for immigration benefits, immigration detention issues, and litigation before DOJ's Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR).
- Ability to research and draft timely legal opinions for clients, management, and senior leadership at various levels of the agency as well as motions and briefs before EOIR.
- Knowledge of the legal requirements for United States citizenship.
- Federal court litigation experience, including appellate experience before the United States Courts of Appeals.
- Criminal law experience.
- Ability to prioritize multiple assignments, exercise sound legal judgment, efficiently produce quality legal analyses of complex legal issues, be detail oriented and work effectively (both independently and as part of a team).
- Ability to take initiative and work in a reliable, decisive, and professional manner.
A legal writing sample is required as part of this application.
Your qualifications for this position will be evaluated based upon the responses you provide on the job specific questionnaire and other required documents as part of the application process for this position. Writing samples will be assessed based on the sophistication of the legal reasoning presented; coherency; proper grammar, spelling, and syntax; formatting; and conformity to The Bluebook. Cover letters will also be assessed based on coherency, as well as proper grammar, spelling, and syntax.
All the information you provide may be verified by a review of the work experience and/or education as shown on your application forms, by checking references and through other means, including the interview process. This verification could occur at any stage of the application process. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for rating you ineligible, not hiring you, or for firing you after you begin work. Read more Security clearance Secret