Student Cooperative - OGC

Arlington, Virginia
Sep 27, 2020
Oct 03, 2020
Full Time



The USPS OIG is seeking students enrolled in ABA accredited law school to fill our Student Cooperative (PAID) position in the Office of General Counsel located in Arlington, VA. The office seeks two law students, at the 2L or 3L level.
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The successful candidate will research and otherwise assist attorneys who advise on audits, investigations, ethics, employment, litigation, contracts, federal appropriations, and other matters that arise in the Office of Inspector General. The successful Student Co-op may be eligible for continuous employment throughout the year, while enrolled in school.

The USPS OIG uses a Pay Banding system, which is equivalent to the Federal GS scale. Grade and salary determinations will be made based upon a candidate's education and professional experience.

This position is being advertised at the Administrative Band level. The base salary range for this position is $21.80/hour. Including locality pay.

Graduate or Law Student $21.80 per hour including locality pay

Candidates will be evaluated on the skills that they possess that are directly related to the duties of the position and/or the experience, education and training that indicate the applicant's ability to acquire the particular knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of the position. Only those candidates who meet all qualification and eligibility requirements and who submit the required information by 11:59 PM EST on 10/02/2020 will be considered.

Please note that the duties and responsibilities associated with this position may vary based upon the area of assignment. The following description of major duties and responsibilities is only intended to give applicants a general overview of the expectations.

Co-ops are expected to perform legal research and draft memoranda on diverse legal matters, including: employment, labor, contracting, procurement, federal appropriations, criminal, ethics, public sector civil litigation, audits, and other Inspector General matters.
  • Assist attorneys in developing and reviewing policies and procedures
  • Advise clients (with the supervision of licensed attorneys)
  • Conduct reviews and/or research to support OIG subpoenas, contracts, and employee relations
  • Provide litigation assistance
  • Conduct conflict of interests reviews for outside employment
  • Conduct Giglio Reviews
  • Draft FOIA Appeal decision letters for signature

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must be able to pass a drug screening
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a moderate background investigation
  • Must be able to work a minimum of 10 hours per week. Additional hours available during academic breaks.



You must meet ALL of the minimum requirements.
  • Students must be currently enrolled full or half-time in an ABA accredited law school, classified or academically ranked by semester hours as a Second or Third year student. (MUST SUBMIT TRANSCRIPT STATING CURRENT ENROLLMENT STATUS, GPA AND IN GOOD STANDING - an unofficial transcript from the university is acceptable. May be required to produce an official transcript prior to receipt of a formal offer.)
  • Must be in academic good standing as defined by the ABA accredited law school, earning at least a 2.75 GPA on a 4.0 GPA scale.

  • When local health guidance allows, must be able to report to work in the Rosslyn, VA USPS OIG office for which you are selected during core business hours.

Include your major accomplishments relevant to the evaluation factors in your resume.
  • Ability to research and analyze legal issues, including employment and labor law, contracting and procurement law, federal appropriations law, Inspector General-related law, criminal law, ethics, public sector civil litigation, federal administrative law and/or audits
  • Skill in writing legal opinions and analysis
  • Ability to communicate effectively and maintain client relationships

You will no longer be considered for this position if you receive a zero (0) rating on any evaluation factor.

Failure to demonstrate that you meet all evaluation factor requirements will result in a score of zero (0). Upon receipt of a zero score, you will be deemed "not minimally qualified," and you will not be referred for further consideration.


Additional information

Student Cooperatives are not eligible for USPS OIG Employee Benefits.

This agency provides Reasonable Accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you require accommodations for any part of the application and/or hiring process, please send an email to . The decision on granting an accommodation request will be made on a case by case basis.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

The Human Resources Office will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure that you meet the minimum qualifications required for this position. You will no longer be considered for this position if you: receive a zero (0) rating on any evaluation factor; fail to attach all required documentation; if your application materials indicate that you are not minimally-qualified for this position; or if you fail to qualify on the interview. Only the top-rated candidates will be referred to a review official or the selecting official for further consideration. Top-rated applicants may be required to participate in an interview. Your rating may be further adjusted or rated as ineligible by the review official or the selecting official based on your interview performance. Once all applicant scores are finalized, the selecting official will make a final decision. NOTE: If you receive a zero (0) rating on any evaluation factor or on the interview, you will be considered NOT MINIMALLY QUALIFIED for the position and rated ineligible.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

You must submit all required documents by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date of this announcement, Vacancy Announcement 2020-88-10911786-PC, by closing date10/02/2020 .

1. RESUME. When completing your online application or uploading your resume, you must categorize it as a "Resume" document).

2. TRANSCRIPTS Official copy of current transcripts from an ABA accredited law school showing GPA, current level of education, and the number of completed semester hours and current status. Transcripts must validate current enrollment status. (REQUIRED: Attach document as "Transcript")

    Certificates or Licenses, if applicable. Upload and save as "Other" document. Veterans Preference Documentation. If you are claiming veterans preference you must submit the Member 4 copy of your DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, and/or other proof of veterans preference eligibility including your VA letter, form SF-15 ( and all required documents related to your SF-15 claim. Veterans can request the Member 4 copy of their DD-214 at, and can download a copy of their VA letter from (If applicable to you, you are required to upload each veterans' preference document and categorize as "DD-214" or "SF-15" or "Other Veterans Document") Reasonable Accommodation Documentation. If you are requesting a reasonable accommodation to the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, submit documentation to support your request, including the Reasonable Accommodation Request Form found at .
  • SF-50 if you are or have been a Federal employee to demonstrate tenure and competitive/excepted service for eligibility purposes. (If applicable to you, you are Required to upload each applicable SF-50 and categorize as a "SF-50" document.)

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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