Law Clerk (Trainee)

Washington, D.C
Oct 05, 2019
Oct 13, 2019
Full Time


This position is established as part of the National Labor Relations Board Honors Program. The Honors Program supports positions working in three different program areas. Program areas covered are: Board, General Counsel- Headquarters, and General Counsel-Field. The purpose of this position is to provide experience that exposes the employee to the full-range of agency legal practices.
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The employee will rotate among the Board-side offices during the 2-year program and is responsible for: (1) analyzing and recommending the disposition of cases pending on appeal before the Board based on exceptions filed with respect to decisions issued by Administrative Law Judges and Hearing Officers; (2) drafting Board decisions; (3) assisting Board Members in developing Board policies, regulations, and procedures. Upon successful completion of the two years of the Honors Program, the individual will be permanently placed in one of the Board-side offices.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Selectee must pass a background investigation prior to appointment.
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized.
  • Males born after 12/03/59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • A two-year probationary period may be required.
  • Must submit a complete resume and application package.
  • Must be able to become an active member of the Bar in good standing of any state, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or any Territorial Court under the U.S. Constitution before the 14 month appointment expiration.
  • This is a bargaining unit position.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.


To be eligible for this position and grade, the applicant must have successfully completed a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and will have the first professional law degree (LLB or JD), but not yet be licensed by the entrance on duty date in September 2020.

  • At least a 3.2 cumulative law school GPA OR standing in top 20% of class or higher.
  • Applicant must have completed or will complete at least one (1) course in Labor Law (if offered by the school).



Using Education to Qualify:

Education must be accredited by an accredited 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). You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Applicants can verify accreditation here . All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

(Note: If you are selected for this position based on education, an official transcript will be required, prior to your first day.)

You must meet all qualification requirements. (Required - if applicable) 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, please click HERE . All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

Special Instructions for 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 accredited U.S. education programs; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.

For further information regarding Foreign Education, please click HERE.

Additional information

SUPPLEMENTARY VACANCIES: Supplementary vacancies may be filled in addition to the number stated in this announcement.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY/REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: The National Labor Relations Board is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for appointment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, political affiliations, handicap, age, sexual orientation, or any other non-merit factor. Applicants with disabilities who need reasonable accommodations for any part of the application and hiring process should contact, the Agency's Selective Placement Coordinator by email . NLRB offers a wide array of reasonable accommodations and programs for individuals with disabilities. (Note: (Note: for additional information for job seekers with disabilities, please click HERE. )

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.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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 resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. Applicants will receive notification when a final selection has been made. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that your scores do not reflect that you meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position, you will lose consideration for this position.

You will be further evaluated on the following Competencies required for the position:

  • Oral Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Reasoning
  • Teamwork
  • Written Communication
Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position.

If you meet the qualification requirements listed above, your application will be rated based on your online questionnaire and supporting documents. Your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. If your final rating places you among the top candidates, your application will be referred to the selecting official for further review.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
NCS/High Risk

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

In addition to your responses to the occupational questionnaire and your resume, you must submit the following additional documents specific for this vacancy:

For Veterans:
  • DD-214 (Member Copy - 4). (Please click here for more information.)
For Disabled Veterans:
  • DD-214 (Member Copy - 4), SF-15 and VA letter dated 1991 or later (indicating % disability). (Please click here for more information.)
For Certain Military Spouses:
  • Copy of service member's PCS order authorizing the spouse to accompany the service member AND Proof of marriage to the service member; OR Proof the service member was released or discharged from active duty due to a service-connected disability AND Documentation of the service member's 100% disability AND Proof of marriage to the service member; OR Proof the service member's death while on active duty AND Proof of marriage to the service member. (Please click here for more information.)
For applicants qualifying on the basis of education: transcripts - official or unofficial.
  • A transcript is required if you are claiming to qualify based on your education. The information presented in the transcript must be verifiable; at the minimum the transcript should contain the name of the institution, applicant's name, list of completed courses, semester hours, and GPA. If selected for this position, you must submit your official copy before confirmation of appointment.
Content of Resume:
  • Your resume that you choose to describe your job-related experiences will be used to verify your qualifications. Therefore, it is important that the information be specific, detailed where appropriate, and complete. Your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., hours per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application will be marked as incomplete and you will not receive consideration for this position.
Legal Writing Sample

Personal Statement
  • Statement should be no longer than one page and it should describe why you would like to work for the NLRB.

All materials must be received by 10/15/2019 to be considered for this announcement.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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