Law Clerk

District of Columbia, D.C
Oct 08, 2019
Oct 16, 2019
Full Time


This position is located in the Office of the Deputy Secretary, Office of Administrative Law Judges(ALJ). This office is responsible for conducting adjudicatory hearings and issuing decisions for the Department of Labor under more than 70 different laws and executive orders.

- This position is inside the bargaining unit

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THIS IS AN OPEN CONTINOUS ANNOUCEMENT WITH AN INITIAL CUTOFF DATE OF 10/15/2019 Note: Cut off dates may be scheduled on any date greater than or equal to today's date. On the day after each cut off date, new applicants will be added and updates will be merged to a new staging area or to the existing open staging area, depending on the staging area option selected for that cut date. All applicants who applied on or before the cut date will be included in the new or updated staging area.
  • 10/15/2019
  • 11/28/2019
  • 12/27/2019
  • 1/28/2019
  • 2/28/2020
  • 3/27/2020

Major duties for this position include but are not limited to, the following:

Draft proposed decisions for the Judge's review and approval which systematically cover all of the legal points in the case and the rationale and the reasoning for the decision.

Develops and prepares complex orders which require legal research and discussions of points of law to respond to motions or pleadings, to compel discovery, and to otherwise prepare the cases for hearing; drafts responses to pre and post-hearing motions.

Prepares pre-hearing synopses and/or reports of cases which set forth the facts and issues in the case; the procedural history of the case; the medical and other evidence presented, the conflicts in the evidence, and evidence which needs further clarification; the employment record of the claimants; pleadings; issues in the case; and provisions of the laws related to the case and case law and its interpretation which may be germane to the case; carries out other duties to prepare cases for hearing.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
11 - This position is at the Full Promotion Potential (FPL).


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship. Must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Requires a trial period if the requirement has not been met.
  • This position requires a Public Trust-Low- Risk background investigation.

Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.


Minimum Qualification Requirement: This position requires completion of a first professional law degree (LL.B or J.D.)

Transcripts: You must provide a copy of your transcripts to be considered for this position, verification of your academic degree(s) is necessary to determine your qualifications or eligibility for this position, you will be required to submit an official transcripts for verification purposes before you are hired. However, unofficial transcripts may be submitted during the application phase of the process. Please note that your J.D. or LL. B degree must be conferred before you can begin working.

In addition to your transcripts applicants must also provide a writing sample with your application in order to receive further consideration.

Applicants that are current law students who will graduate within three (3) months of this announcement closing are eligible to apply to the vacancy.

Appointments as a Law Clerk are limited to 14 months during which time the appointee must be admitted in good standing to the bar of a court of general jurisdiction of a state, territory or possession of the United States. If selected and the employee provides proof of admission to the state Bar; the employee may be converted to a new appointment for up to 2 years with possibility of extension to a third year. Upon conversion, the position becomes Attorney-Adviser, GS-0905-11.


A LL.B or J.D. is a requirement for this position. If you do not submit sufficient academic documentation necessary to demonstrate that you meet the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements described in this announcement, your application will be deemed incomplete and you will be ineligible for further consideration for this vacancy.

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.

Additional information

DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees' differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.

Additional vacancies may be filled if authorized.


How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements for this position will be further evaluated against the following evaluation factors. Current and/or past supervisors may be contacted unless specified otherwise. A panel and/or the selecting official or his/her designee may interview applicants.

Evaluation Factors:

1. Demonstrated skill in researching and preparing well-written, organized and persuasive legal documents.
2. Ability to make effective oral presentations in a clear and concise manner.
3. Ability to establish and maintain effective liaison with agency staff.
4. Ability to multi-task in a complex and fast-paced inter-disciplinary legal environment.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to supply sufficient information to provide a basis for rating each of the evaluation factors listed above.

Individuals who meet eligibility requirements for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. Be sure to review DOL Account Eligibility/Core Questions #23 and 26 to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP/CTAP eligible and submit supporting documentation.

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).

To preview questions please click here .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.
You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you.

- Transcripts: You must provide a copy of your unofficial or official transcripts reflecting that you have received your first professional law degree (J.D.). Should you be selected before you receive a final offer for this position, you will be required to submit official documentation verifying that you have completed your first professional law degree. Applicants who claim substitution of education for experience with an LL.M must submit a copy of their transcripts for verification.

- Writing Sample: In addition to your transcripts applicants must also provide a writing sample with your application in order to receive further consideration.

- Veterans Documents (if applicable):
Attorney appointments within the Department of Labor are positions in the excepted service, not the competitive service. There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference in attorney appointments; however, the Department of Labor considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. In order to receive positive consideration, you must indicate your eligibility, in response to the appropriate item on the vacancy questionnaire. Additionally, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD214 showing the type of discharge and dates of active duty and, if applicable, a VA letter certifying the present existence of the service-connected disability which indicates the percentage of your disability. (For active duty service members expecting to be honorably discharged or released within 120 days, click Active Duty ) Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's consideration. Additional information is available in the Vet's Guide .

You may also find more information on positive consideration for attorney hiring .

- Displaced Employee Placement Documents: These documents are only required if you are requesting priority consideration under ICTAP/CTAP Eligibility. Applicants with disabilities (SCHEDULE A) applying under the area of consideration must submit proof of certification by counselors, State vocational rehabilitation agencies or the Veterans Administration.

- Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted.

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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