Law Clerk

Washington, D.C
Sep 22, 2020
Sep 30, 2020
Full Time


This position is located in the Employees' Compensation Appeals Board. The Board is an independent quasi-judicial body with exclusive jurisdiction to consider and decide appeals from decisions of the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP) and the Branch of Hearings and Review in the OWCP. The incumbent works on cases or legal issues of a moderate to complex nature where the factual situations is often complicated and clear precedents are not readily available or apparent.

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The selected applicant will work under the general supervision of a Supervisory Attorney and perform a variety of legal duties relative to cases or legal issues which are often factually complex. Works on cases or legal issues that involve directly or indirectly large sums of money.

Typically, the incumbent conducts legal research regarding appeals, determines what facts or legal issues are relevant, determines the legal research regarding appeals, determines what factor or legal issues are relevant, determines the legal conclusion based upon the facts and the relevant legal authorities, and then prepares an appropriate draft decision setting forth the Board's findings and reasoning.

Performs a through legal review and examination of the case record and the issues presented on appeal. Researches statutes, regulations, decisions, opinions, legislative history, and other legal authorities on the point of law involved and the analysis and application of such findings to the case at hand.

Studies pleadings, testimony, medical evidence and other exhibits, to determine the factual merits of each case. Reviews the arguments by the parties in conjunction with the law and facts of the case.

Prepares a written draft decision or order, summarizing the jurisdiction, relevant facts, legal issues, analysis and recommended conclusion by the Board. May be required to make an oral presentation to the Board's panel on factual or legal issues.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - 5 percent of the time.

Supervisory status

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


Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Must be at least 16 years old and a U.S. Citizen.
  • The applicant must include a writing sample.
  • The applicant must include a copy of his/her transcripts.

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


Minimum Qualification Requirement: Completion of first professional law degree (LL.B. or JD) and pending bar application/admission.

This position is open to recent law school graduates or are current Judicial Law Clerks whose clerkship will conclude prior to 01 October 2020. The Employees Compensation Appeals Board (ECAB) will rate qualified applicants by comparing each candidate's qualifications to those pertinent to the position.

The ECAB will consider the applicant's relevant skills and experience, education and training, performance, and awards. Competitive candidates will demonstrate good judgment, sound reasoning, and critical thinking.

Specialized Experience: Is providing legal advice and support with regard to the areas of practice within the jurisdiction of the Board.


Completion of first professional law degree (LL.B. or JD)

If the applicant does not submit sufficient academic documentation necessary to demonstrate the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements described in this announcement, the application will be deemed incomplete, and the applicant 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 Information

Law Clerk appointment is limited to 14 months, during which 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 and may be then appointed to a 10-month appointment as an Attorney Adviser at the grade of GS-11.

Position teleworking eligibility is determined by management based on position duties during the recruitment process. Employee participation in telework on a routine or situational basis is determined by management primarily based on business needs. Employees participating in telework are subject to the terms and conditions of the Department of Labor's Telework Program.

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. Graduated with academic honors and/or high academic achievement (g., GPA of 3.5 or higher; graduated in top 25% of class), and/or Law journal or other relevant writing experience, and/or Judicial Law Clerk experience, and/or significant summer law office clerk experience.

2. Demonstrated skill in researching and preparing well-written, organized and persuasive legal documents.

3. Possess the ability to write succinct decisions based upon an accurate summary of the relevant facts of a case.

4. Possess the ability to manage a case load within an established quota and within defined time limitations.

5. Ability to make effective oral presentations in a clear and concise manner.

6. Ability to establish and maintain effective liaison with high level departmental officials, regional program officials, supervisors, agency staff and the general public.

7. Ability to multi-task in a complex and fast-paced inter-disciplinary legal environment, entailing timely collections of facts, identification and resolution of issues, enumeration of options, and formulation of recommendations.

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 #24 and 27 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

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process

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.

- Resume: Applicants are required to provide a resume by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of your choosing. To receive full consideration for relevant and specialized experience, please list month, year, and the number of work hours worked for experience listed on your resume. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to the vacancy questionnaire.

- Transcripts: This position has a positive education requirement. You must submit a copy of your law school transcripts. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package; however, official transcripts will be required prior to entering on duty.

-Writing Sample: Applicants must submit a writing sample. Examples of writing skills may be demonstrated by legal briefs, memoranda, or letters. These examples should total no more than 10 pages in length. Extracts of selected sections of larger documents are acceptable.

- 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.

Applicants selected for employment that are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship, or non-citizenship as allowable in Excepted Service hiring through P.L. 112-10, and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.

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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