Student Trainee (Paralegal Specialist)

Washington, D.C
Feb 20, 2021
Feb 27, 2021
Full Time


This position will serve as a student trainee and will receive training in analytical methods used to develop objectively based information in support of administrative and programmatic planning, development, evaluation, and managerial decision-making. On-the-job training assignments provide a practical understanding of the organization, programs, policies, and objectives of the agency as well as furnish experience in the application of principles, procedures, and work techniques.

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The following are the duties of this position at the GS-9.

As a Student Trainee (Paralegal Specialist), you will:
  • Evaluate and develop non-defensive and defensive litigation for legal cases filed against the Department, including personnel litigation, filed in a variety of forums such as administrative forums, binding arbitrations, and various federal district courts.
  • Perform para-professional legal work in support of the program attorneys by having responsibility for all contracts and other documents for Public Housing and Assisted Housing programs in the jurisdiction of the Office.
  • Assist attorneys during all phases of the Office of Counsel's involvement in fair housing and other civil rights matters, including fair housing enforcement and compliance matters.
  • Collect information, summarize and prepare weekly, monthly and quarterly workload, management plan and other management reports, as required, based on control systems in place.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Please refer to "Conditions of Employment."
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Pathways Internship Program Requirements:
If selected, you MUST:
  • Sign a Pathways Internship Program agreement;
  • Provide official documentation of enrollment every semester while in the program;
  • Notify the agency of any change in enrollment status and/or work schedule;
  • Provide official documentation verifying at least a half-time course load as defined by the educational institution; a less than half time schedule is permitted during the final term;
  • Provide official documentation verifying good academic standing by maintaining at least an overall 2.0 GPA or higher (on a 4.0 scale);
  • Participate in Department mandatory training classes or programs as required;
  • Prepare and implement an Individual Development Plan (IDP) for appointments exceeding 90 days; AND
  • Perform successfully the assigned duties listed in the position description.

  • See additional "Conditions of Employment" noted below.

    This position is located in the Office of General Counsel (OGC). OGC is the chief legal officer of the Department, the principal legal adviser to the Secretary and staff of HUD, and the head of the Departmental Enforcement Center. OGC provides legal opinions, advice, and services with respect to all Departmental programs and activities, and assists in the development of HUD programs and policies. OGC also provides functional legal counsel on defensive and affirmative litigation and the development of legislation and regulations.

    The official duty station for this position will be in Washington, DC. Failure to report to duty at this location may be grounds for a disciplinary action, including removal.


    You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing of this announcement.

    Specialized experience:

    For the GS-9, you must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service.
    Specialized experience for this position includes:

    • Performing research and preparing necessary documentation as requested by attorneys in the course of litigation, investigations, and other legal work.

    OR Education: You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows: Completion of 2 academic years of graduate level education, or a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree.

    OR Combination: You may qualify by a combination of experience and education. To combine education and experience, the total percentage of experience at the required grade level compared to the specialized experience requirement, as well as the percentage of completed education compared to the education requirement must equal at least 100 percent. Only graduate level education in excess of the first 18 semester hours (27 quarter hours) may be combined to be considered for qualifying education.

    Experience may have been gained in either the public, private sector or volunteer service . One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/day/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week on your resume.


    Pathways Student Internship Program Education Requirement:

    A. Must be a current student at an accredited high school (public or private) or in a home-school program*; college (including 4-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges); professional, technical, vocational, or trade school; advanced degree programs; or other qualifying educational institution, on a full or half-time basis (as defined by the institution in which the student is enrolled) pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate.
    *Secondary home-school curricula must be recognized by the State or local government oversight agency.

    B. You must maintain student eligibility and enrollment for the duration of the internship. If you do not maintain eligibility and enrollment, you are ineligible for this program. Please review the "REQUIREMENTS" section of the vacancy announcement to ensure that you qualify to apply to this internship.

    C. Every semester, you must maintain good academic standing with an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

    WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE PATHWAYS PROGRAM? For additional information regarding the Pathways Program, please refer to the following website:

    Education generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment.

    Additional information

    • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
    • Relocation expenses will not be paid.
    • This is a bargaining unit position. However, temporary employees with appointments less than 6 months are not in the bargaining unit.
    • This position is Non-Exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
    • HUD provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Contact the Applicant Call Center at 304-480-7300.
    • This appointment may be extended depending on the organization's needs and funding.
    • Recruitment incentive may be offered.
    • HUD offers alternative and flexible work schedules.

    HUD may convert a student non-competitively from the Pathways Student Trainee Program to a term or permanent position in the competitive service. The target position upon conversion is a Paralegal Specialist with a full performance level of GS-12. However, conversion is not mandatory or guaranteed. Students must be U.S. citizens and meet the following requirements to be eligible for conversion:
    • Complete the required number of hours of work experience (generally, at least 640 hours) while enrolled as a full-time or half-time degree-seeking student;
    • Complete the educational requirements from a qualifying institution;
    • Receive a favorable recommendation by an official of the agency; and
    • Meet the qualification requirements for the position to which the Student will be converted.

    • Subject to a Trial period for the duration of the Pathways Student Trainee Program appointment.
    • Must successfully complete a background investigation.
    • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency
    • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
    • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
    • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.

    HUD employees are subject to a number of government-wide and HUD specific ethics laws and regulations, including restrictions on working in a real estate related business, and having Section 8 tenants, along with other prohibited interests and activities. To review applicable ethics rules and HUD specific restrictions, please visit .

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Your application includes your résumé, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a "not qualified" determination.

    Veterans' preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Preference eligibles will be considered before non-preference eligibles.

    Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. You may be required to participate in a selection interview.

    To preview questions please click here .

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    A complete application includes 1. A resume, 2. Vacancy question responses, and 3. Submission of any required documents. Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

    All applicants are required to submit a resume either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. (Cover letters are optional.) To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/date/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your résumé. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your résumé to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view résumé tips .

    FOR QUALIFICATIONS: If you are qualifying based on education, you MUST submit a copy of your transcripts or a list of course showing title, number of credits, grade, and date of completion.

    FOR ELIGIBILITY: You MUST submit a copy of your transcripts or a list of courses showing title, number of credits, and grade from an accredited college or university verifying proof of degree.

    Performance Appraisal (ALL APPLICANTS):
    Submit a copy of all pages of your most recent completed annual performance appraisal, dated within the last 12 months, that includes the final rating. In cases where the performance appraisal is more than 12 months old, incomplete or unavailable, you must attach a written explanation of the reasons.

    SF-50: Submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 that indicates you are a current HUD employee.

    VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION: If you are claiming veterans preference, please see applicant guide for required documentation In order to be considered for veterans preference, you must submit all required documentation as outlined in the applicant guide .

    For more information on veterans' preference view FedsHireVets .

    EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION: Transcripts are required at the time of application submission for Pathways Internship position. For positions with a specific education requirement, submitted transcripts must also meet the specified education requirements. Official transcript(s) will be required if you are selected.

    CURRENT PROOF OF ENROLLMENT: You MUST submit a copy of your current schedule or upcoming schedule as proof of enrollment. Must show proof of CURRENT enrollment. Applications without required education documentation will not be considered. We must be able to verify your continuing student status and completed degree/credits.

    Proof of enrollment must show that you are currently enrolled or have been accepted for enrollment on at least a half-time basis (generally, 6 semester hours). If you are applying within 30 days of the end of a semester/quarter and your transcript does not show enrollment for the next term, you must provide a letter from the school registrar that shows your status as a full or half-time student or you must provide proof from a resource such as the National Student Clearinghouse ( ).

    You MUST submit dated documentation verifying you meet the definition of student. (e.g. letter from the registrar, unofficial transcripts).

    An academic year of undergraduate education is defined as 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours, or the equivalent in an accredited college or university.

    A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation page.

    If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to the OPM instructions.

    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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