Law Clerk (Honors Program)

Washington D.C.
Apr 25, 2019
Apr 25, 2019
Full Time

Not required

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • You must be a U.S. citizen or national.
  • You must be able to pass a background investigation and found suitable for federal employment.
  • Males born after 12-31-1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service.
  • An active bar membership in a U.S. state, territory, or the District of Columbia within 14 months of appointment.
  • To broaden their legal experience, Honors program participants attorneys may have the opportunity to rotate into different organizational components within OSC. The placement of persons selected for the Honors Program will be determined based upon the workload and resource needs of the agency's components. The placement preference of selectees will be considered when possible. Selectees will be matched with a senior attorney within OSC Headquarters through the Mentorship Program.

    The following duties are performed in the execution of duties for this position:
    • Review and analyze whistleblower disclosures of information submitted by federal employees, former federal employees, or applicants for federal employment, involving a violation of law, rule, or regulation, gross mismanagement, a gross waste of funds, and abuse of authority, or a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety.
    • Review, investigate, litigate and otherwise resolve complaints of prohibited personnel practices, including whistleblower retaliation and other prohibited activity.
    • Review, investigate, litigate and otherwise resolve Hatch Act complaints and provide advisory opinions regarding political activities by federal employees.
    • Review, investigate, litigate and otherwise resolve USERRA complaints alleging discrimination or failure to reemploy returning service members.
    Applicants qualify for this position by placement in one of the following categories:
    • Third year law students or graduate law students who will complete their studies in the Spring/Summer, 2019;
    • Recent graduates (within last 2 years) of recognized accredited law schools; OR
    • Federal or state judicial law clerks with no more than two years of clerkship experience prior to the start date for the program.
    Special Counsel Honor Program participants receive benefits available to federal employees including: health benefits, life insurance; annual leave, sick leave; paid holidays, and if applicable, transit benefits.

    Current Presidential Management Fellows and participants in another Federal Agency Honors Program, or law school graduates currently practicing law other than as a judicial clerk are NOT eligible to participate.

    Reasonable Accommodation:

    OSC provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please notify the Disability Program Coordinator at 202-804-7117. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    Privacy Act Information:

    The application that you submit for this position contains information subject to the Privacy Act of 1974 (P.L. 93-579, 5 U.S.C. 552a). Information regarding this Act is available from OSC.

    Selected candidate may be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment" (OF-306) prior to being appointed to determine their suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. False statements or responses on your resume can jeopardize your employment opportunity and subject you to disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.

    ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? This position requires a degree to qualify. You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims.

    Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: forrecog.html . You must provide translated transcripts.

    If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application. If applicants are not able to access the link to apply through the Alternate Application method, they may call 1-478-744-2360 Monday-Friday between 8:00 am - 6:00 pm to apply through the Alternate Application Method. .

    If you are a veteran claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member Copy 4) or an official statement (including Character of Service) from your command if currently on active duty. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, in addition to the DD-214, you must also submit a Standard Form 15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference) and the required supporting documents listed on that form. For more information on veterans' preference see .
    Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities: The following links contain information on the eligibility requirements to be considered under a noncompetitive appointing authority:
    Persons with Disabilities-Schedule A
    Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans
    Special Hiring Authority for Certain Military Spouses
    Other Special Appointment Authorities

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

    Once the application process is complete, a review of the best-qualified applications will be conducted. The résumé and supporting documentation will be compared against the applicant's responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if the applicant is qualified for this job. If, after reviewing the applicant's résumé and supporting documentation, a determination is made that the applicant has inflated his/her qualifications and/or experience, the applicant may lose consideration for this position and/or the applicant's score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect his/her skills and abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

    Eligible candidates will be assigned to a quality category: Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified. Candidates in the highest category will be referred to the hiring agency. The Category Rating process does not add veterans' preference points but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher.)

    You will be evaluated based on the technical knowledge and experience that you exhibit for this position.

    Read more Security clearance Not Required

    Drug test required No

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