Student Trainee (Law Clerk) CG-0999-7

Washington, D.C
Feb 28, 2021
Mar 04, 2021
Full Time


The practice of law at the FDIC reflects the broad nature of the FDIC's work as well as its unique statutory powers. For example, because the FDIC has independent litigating authority, our attorneys practice before virtually all courts. FDIC attorneys also provide advice on bank supervision and consumer protection, and bring administrative enforcement actions

Additional selections may be made from this vacancy announcement to fill identical vacancies that occur subsequent to this announcement.

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Interns assigned to the Legal Division will assist attorneys in the following duties:
  • Performing supervised legal research and writing;
  • Preparing legal memoranda covering a wide range of topics relating to, among other things, litigation, bank supervision, and enforcement;
  • Performing other duties as assigned.

Areas of operation include bank regulatory and consumer compliance matters, litigation and bank receivership matters, management of complex financial institutions, and corporate practice, each of which is detailed below:

Bank Regulatory and Consumer Compliance Matters:
  • Developing, drafting and providing legal opinions on legislation, regulations and policy statements relating to insured depository institutions.
  • Providing advice on deposit insurance coverage, assessments of insured depository institutions, Federal securities laws, and consumer laws.
  • Working closely with bank and review examiners to ensure bank compliance with banking and consumer protection laws and regulations and the continued safety and soundness of insured depository institutions.
  • Preparing and litigating enforcement cases before administrative law judges and in federal courts.

  • Litigating professional liability actions; including claims against directors and officers, attorneys and accountants when arising out of failed banks.
  • Handling complex commercial litigation matters.
  • Defending the FDIC against challenges to its statutory authority and appeals from its administrative determinations.
  • Managing some of the largest civil commercial litigation cases brought by the federal government.
  • Providing legal advice relating to the investigation and pursuit of criminal matters involving financial institutions.

Complex Financial Institutions and Receivership Matters:
  • Providing legal advice on the FDIC's responsibilities under the Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act) involving complex financial institutions.
  • Supporting the FDIC's execution of policies and program initiatives concerning the development of resolution strategies and resolution planning for complex financial institutions.
  • Reviewing and assessing resolution plans developed by complex financial institutions under the Dodd-Frank Act.
  • Participating in the FDIC's international outreach and coordination efforts with regard to the resolution of complex financial institutions.
  • Developing resolution, receivership and marketing strategies for failed banks involving hundreds of millions of dollars in deposits and loans.

Corporate Practice
  • Providing legal opinions on a wide range of topics including statutory powers of the FDIC, the role of the FDIC as a federal agency, and corporate governance.
  • Handling labor and employment issues including administrative hearings on employee-related matters and negotiations with the bargaining unit representative.
  • Handling FDIC contracting, including contracting for the services of outside counsel.
  • Managing Legal Division information technology.
  • Corporate secretary duties for the Board of Directors.
  • Managing the FDIC ethics and alternative dispute resolution programs.
  • Supporting FDIC corporate governance structure and maintaining official corporate records.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

Applicants must be able to work at least a part-time during the 2021-2022 academic year in the selected duty location.

U.S. Citizenship is required.

Registration with the Selective Service.

Completion of Confidential Financial Disclosure may be required.

Low Risk Position - National Agency Check Investigation (NACI) required.

Must complete Pathways Agreement if selected for position.


To be eligible for this program, applicants must: (1) be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a Juris Doctorate or LL.M at a qualifying educational institution on a full or half-time basis; (2) have a minimum cumulative (overall) GPA of 2.5 out of 4.0; and (3) be in good academic standing.

Eligible applicants may qualify for grades based on education, experience, or a combination of education and experience. Education and experience requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

CG-07: Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate level education, or eligibility under the Superior Academic Achievement with completion of a bachelor's degree.

Applicants must submit copies of ALL unofficial transcripts (undergraduate and graduate).

Superior Academic Achievement (SAA):

To qualify for SAA, applicants must have met one of the following:
a. A grade-point average of "B" (a GPA of 2.95 or higher out of a possible 4.0) for all completed undergraduate courses, or those completed in the last two years of undergraduate study.

b. A grade-point average of "B+" (a GPA of 3.45 or higher out of a possible 4.0) for all courses in your major field of study, or those courses in your major completed in the last two years of undergraduate study.

c. Rank in the upper one-third of your class in the college, university or major subdivision.

d. Membership in a national honor society (other than freshman honor societies)
recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies.

Qualifying Experience

CG-07: 1 year of Law Clerk related experience in a law environment equivalent to a GS-06.

Specialized Experience for the CG-07: Specialized experience performing legal research and analyzing facts, evidence, and precedents.


Additional information

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If selected, you may be required to serve a trial period.

Applicants who have been selected must submit an official copy of current academic transcript.

The applicants selected will be offered an excepted appointment not-to-exceed 1 year . After successful completion of the program requirements and based on FDIC's needs, the selectees may be non-competitively converted to a Term or Permanent position based upon an evaluation of performance, completion of at least 640 hours of work experience acquired through the Internship Program. However, service in the FDIC Internship Program confers no right to further employment in the competitive or excepted service.

Applicant(s) who continue to meet the requirements for the program, the appointment may be extended.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Applicants must meet the qualifications as required below. Applicants must be in good academic standing and have, at least a cumulative (overall) 2.5 grade point average. Applicants who are enrolled in post-law school graduate programs may also be considered. Your application package must include a resume, which includes anticipated graduation date and include two references (with at least one being from academia); writing sample of reasonable length to demonstrate research, analytical and writing skills; responses to the Assessment Questions in the vacancy announcement; proof of school enrollment for the current/upcoming semester; and law school transcripts. These documents will be reviewed to determine qualification requirements. Applicants will be referred to the selecting official for further review and consideration. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference will receive selection priority.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

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

Trust determination process

Required Documents

Education Documents: You must submit ALL college transcripts- undergraduate and graduate (unofficial) showing the classes you are currently enrolled in, courses you have previously taken, as well as your overall cumulative GPA. If you are not a student, you must submit proof of enrollment (i.e., letter from the registrar's office or acceptance letter from an accredited educational institution). Your transcript must document the educational requirements for this position. Education must be from an accredited educational institution. For a listing of accredited educational institutions, click here . If you attended more than one university and need to send multiple transcripts, please upload/fax all transcripts as one document.

Your application package must include:
  • A resume with anticipated graduation date and major;
  • Two references (one being from academia);
  • Writing sample of reasonable length to demonstrate research, analytical and writing skills (the writing sample must be the applicant's own work-product, not edited by anyone else);
  • Responses to the Assessment Questions in the vacancy announcement;
  • Proof of school enrollment for the current Spring 2021 semester; and
  • Undergraduate and law school transcripts.

  • These documents will be reviewed to determine qualification requirements. Applicants will be referred to the selecting official for further review and consideration. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference will receive selection priority.

    VETERANS' PREFERENCE: If you are claiming veterans' preference, click here . Veterans should submit the Member 4 copy of the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty - or other copy showing the type of discharge/character of service (e.g., Honorable, Under Honorable Conditions, etc.) along with any other required documents.

    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 an accredited U.S. education program. For more information, click here .

    Failure to submit the required documents will make you ineligible for consideration for this position.

    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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