General Attorney (Veterans)

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Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
Nov 16, 2018
Closes
Nov 24, 2018
Hours
Full Time
TRAVEL REQUIRED:

25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.


RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
Relocation expenses reimbursed No


KEY REQUIREMENTS:
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You must be a US citizen to apply for this job.
Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but is not limited to: responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
BASIC REQUIREMENTS
Bar Membership Requirements: Be a member in good standing of the bar of a State or Territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia. Where the duties of the position call for appearance in court, the applicant must be a member in good standing of the bar, or be eligible for admission to the bar, of the State or Territory of the United States or the District of Columbia which they will serve.
Education: Possess a Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor degree from a law school or be awarded such before appointment. NOTE: The education requirements are not applicable to those employees serving in Attorney positions in the VA as of September 1, 1968.
Experience: In one or any combination of the following types in the amounts indicated for each grade following:
a. Practice of law.
b. Other legal experience of a responsible nature in any or a combination of the following: As a law clerk; in legal research; in analysis of statutes; or in examination, investigation, or adjustment of claims arising under law, contract, or governmental order.
c. In the military, naval, or other Federal service in the disposition of legal problems, as a reviewing officer, as a member of courts or boards, or investigation activities.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
GS-11:
a. One year of experience as described above, or
b. Graduation in the upper one-third of his/her law class or one of the six alternate options of the Superior Law Student Program:
(1) Work or achievement of significance on his/her school's Official Law Review;
(2) Special high-level honors for academic excellence in law school, such as election to the Order of the Coif;
(3) Winning a moot court competition or membership on the moot court team which represents the law school in competition with other law schools;
(4) Full-time or continuous participation in a legal aid program as opposed to one-shot, intermittent or casual participation;
(5) Significant summer law-office clerk experience; or
(6) Other equivalent evidence of superior achievement. Candidates applying under this option will be required to furnish certification from the registrar of ranking and other attainments in law school; or
c. Possession of the LL.M. or JD degree.

A maximum of one year of the above required experience may be acquired prior to admission to the bar.
The required amount of experience will not in itself be accepted as proof of qualification. The applicant's experience and training must show that he/she has the ability to perform the duties of the position.

Applicants must submit with their application, in addition to the information required, a list of important suits, prosecutions, cases, or other legal or legislative matter, if any, in which they have participated, describing the nature of each and stating their connection therewith.

If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but is not limited to: responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.
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 Veteran's Preference and are referred, administration and staff office heads will accord veteran's preference as appropriate.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report attendance and/or degrees from only these schools. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following websites: www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html and http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/.

Foreign Education: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in the interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
MAILED/EMAILED APPLICATION WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. ANY APPLICATION MATERIALS SUBMITTED VIA MAIL/EMAIL WILL BE DESTROYED AND NOT RETURNED.

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

You will be rated on the following competencies based on your application for this position:
Competency 1: Skills in appellate litigation.
Competency 2: Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.
Competency 3: Knowledge of laws relating to Veterans Benefits.
Competency 4: Ability to interact with officials inside and outside of the agency.

Applicants must successfully pass an oral interview. The factors to be considered will be the ability to express one's self, aptitude and interest in Federal legal work as a career, and the ability to answer technical questions of law.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your responses.

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