Paralegal Specialist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
Jan 28, 2019
Closes
Jan 28, 2019
Hours
Full Time
TRAVEL REQUIRED:

Not required


RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
Relocation expenses reimbursed No


KEY REQUIREMENTS:
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  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.
  • Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements.  Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.

    Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal Service.

    Applicants applying for the GS-9 must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07.

    Specialized experience is experience that includes assisting attorneys with legal matters, particularly with regard to conduct of appellate litigation and the final production and filing of appellate briefs and appendices with the federal courts and administrative appellate bodies; preparing tables of content and authorities for legal briefs, assembling appendices with attorneys, arranging for reproducing and binding briefs and appendices, preparing cover letters to clerks of courts, and ensuring that briefs and appendices are properly served and filed; serving as a resource on rules and procedural practices of the courts of appeals and administrative bodies; researching procedural matters, checking case histories, cite checking quotations, and completing briefing books; researching legal issues and legal precedents using standard and specialized sources to find and analyze cases on specific points of law; preparing a legislative history of a statute or compiling a subject matter index for legislation; analyzing and evaluating case files against case worthiness standards; reviewing files for completeness and obtaining documents necessary to complete the file; preparing digests of case decisions, and developing and maintaining a list of citations of decisions of significance; drafting routine motions and legal correspondence; contacting court officials and opposing counsels as may be required; preparing and organizing exhibits, case files, and records; and preparing status and other statistical reports relevant to cases and program activities of a legal office.


    Applicants applying for the GS-11 must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09. 

    Specialized experience is experience that includes responsibility for the final production and filing of appellate briefs and appendices; preparing tables of content and authorities for legal briefs, assembling appendices, arranging for reproducing and binding briefs and appendices, preparing cover letters to clerks of courts, and ensuring that briefs and appendices are properly served and filed; serving as the resource person on rules and procedural practices of the courts of appeals including local rules regarding filing requirements and deadlines; researching procedural matters, checking case histories, cite checking quotations, completing briefing books and otherwise assisting attorneys in preparing for appellate litigation tasks; reviewing decisions of U S. district courts and administrative law judges and preparing case files for attorneys including identifying issues and deadlines; performing legal research for attorneys using standard and specialized sources to find and analyze cases on specific points of law; performing special legal research such as compiling a legislative history of a statute or preparing a subject matter index to such a compilation; preparing bills of costs for filing with appropriate courts; preparing routine legal correspondence; preparing litigation reports and internal docket system to record status of cases; keeping attorneys advised of due dates, reporting obligations, and other administrative requirements concerning their cases; and providing general technical assistance to clerical personnel concerning format and other details for briefs, motions, and other legal documents.

    For this position, applicants may qualify using a combination of education and/or experience, if applicable.  If an applicant chooses to utilize education in addition to or in lieu of experience, proof of successful completion of degree must be provided. 

    For GS-9 level, applicant must have a Master's degree or equivalent graduate degree

    OR

    2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related. 

    For GS-11 level, applicant must have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree

    OR

    3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related.

    Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service.

    If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position.   Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.

    The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

    The Department of Labor does not make unfavorable hiring decisions on the basis of an applicant's previous or current unemployment, or the fact that an applicant has experienced financial difficulty through no fault of his/her own and has undertaken good faith efforts to meet his/her financial obligations. Consideration is given to financial status in relation to appointments only where required by law, regulation, or Executive Order.

    Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION, REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION, ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION, SELECTIVE SERVICE REGISTRATION, FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

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

    If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be evaluated against the evaluation factors below and will be placed into a category based on your vacancy question responses.

    Categories
    Category A - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and has successful experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in applying critical competencies required by this position to work of increased levels of difficulty and complexity.

    Category B - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the critical competencies required by this position.

    Category C - Meets the specialized experience described in the minimum qualifications requirements section of this announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the basic competencies.

    Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:

    • Case Management
    • Research and Analysis
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Customer service

    The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview).  The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings.  Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the vacancy questions.  If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume.  Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments (ex. interview, panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.)

    INFORMATION FOR ICTAP/CTAP ELIGIBLES ONLY: If you are eligible for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration.  ICTAP/CTAP eligibles who are placed into Category [INSERT WELL-QUALIFIED CATEGORY] or higher will be considered "well-qualified".

    Click Application of Veterans Preference for Category Rating Jobs for more information.


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    Drug test required No


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