Trial Attorney

Washington D.C.
Apr 09, 2019
Apr 09, 2019
Full Time

Occasional travel - Business travel may be required up to 15% to attend oral arguments, training and/or conferences.

Relocation expenses reimbursed No


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Selectee must be determined suitable for federal employment.
  • Selectee must complete a 2-year trial period.
  • Selectee may be required to submit to a drug test.
  • This position may require completion of a financial disclosure statement.
  • A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the selectee fails to meet pre-employment requirements. This includes failure to report to any scheduled appointments, failure to pass a drug test, failure to produce required certifications, or if a background investigation cannot be favorably adjudicated.
  • This position is in the Excepted Service.
  • This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies.
  • This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies within 90 days of the closing date.
  • All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

To qualify at the GS-15 level, you must have at least five (5) years post Juris Doctorate professional legal experience in complex civil appellate law and/or complex civil litigation. The successful applicants should have substantial expertise handling such matters. Strong writing skills are required. At least two years of the required professional legal experience must be at or equivalent to the GS-14 grade level or pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector.

Preferred Qualifications: In addition to the required qualifications listed above, the ideal candidates will: (1) possess significant experience providing a full spectrum of legal services concerning complex civil appellate litigation; (2) be able to utilize their extensive knowledge in that area to provide thoughtful, nuanced, comprehensive and sophisticated legal advice to senior officials; (3) possess the flexibility to move seamlessly among matters as circumstances dictate; (4) possess the willingness, whenever called upon, to help other USTP attorneys with their projects to ensure the USTP's work is expertly done and timely completed; and (5) possess the ability and the expertise to assume front-line responsibility for handling and overseeing complex civil appeals.

Required Documents: A writing sample (preferably a legal brief or other pleading demonstrating the applicant's writing ability and proficiency in legal analysis) that represents the applicant's own original and unedited work.

You MUST meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
YOUR RESUME MUST support your responses to the online questionnaire and the qualification requirements. Failure to do so may result in an ineligible rating.

Candidates must have a Juris Doctorate Degree from a law school. This information must be annotated in your resume.

Bar Membership: Candidates must be an active member in good standing of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction).

All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see


Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to timely provide such evidence by submitting proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency with your application materials. More information may be found at

All documentation must be in English or include an English translation.

Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information visit:

Veteran Preference: If you are entitled to or claim veteran preference (VP), you should indicate the type of veteran preference (5 or 10 points) you are claiming on your résumé. In order to determine your eligibility, you can find additional information at:

NOTE: To verify your veteran preference entitlement, please submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214(Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty); official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty; or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions. (1) If you are claiming 10-point preference, you must submit Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 in addition to the supporting documentation required and identified on the reserves side of the SF-15, Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference. (2) If you are claiming 10-point DERIVED PREFERENCE as a relative you must submit Member Copy of the veteran's DD-214, and an SF-15, Application for 10-point veteran preference" in addition to the supporting documentation required and identified on the reverse side of this form. If you fail to do so, you will receive consideration as a non-veteran.

DOJ EEO Statement/Policy:

Reasonable Accommodation Statement: Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Schedule A: DOJ welcomes and encourages applications from persons with disabilities and is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department. DOJ also encourages eligible Schedule A applicants to submit their resumes to, and reference "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line. Additional information is found at:

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Additional information is found at:

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

Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are found to be qualified for this position, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

Veterans: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their resume and attach supporting documentation (Provided under "Additional Information" - "Veterans Preference."

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Drug test required Yes

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