Attorney Adviser, CG-0905-12

Washington, D.C
Sep 21, 2021
Sep 28, 2021
Full Time


This Honors Attorney Program position is located in the Legal Division, Strategic Planning and Operations Group of the FDIC. The Program allows students in their final year of law school, new law school graduates in a post graduate program, and recently graduated judicial clerks to learn and work in support of the FDIC's mission.

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

Learn more about this agency


  • Provides legal research and analysis.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of corporate, commercial, constitutional, and administrative law, as well as knowledge of statutory construction.
  • Prepares legal opinions on a wide variety of subjects.
  • Prepares legal documents such as complaints, motions, briefs, and regulations, and legal memoranda/forms.
  • Complete assigned tasks and/or projects of limited scope and complexity designed to develop skills and proficiency.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional overnight travel may be required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

Bar membership required.


In order to qualify for the Honors Attorney Program, you must meet the following qualification criteria

1. A J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school; and

A current judicial law clerk, with a minimum of one year of judicial law clerk experience prior to the start of the program, that began no later than nine months after law school graduation and has been no longer than three years in length.

2. be admitted to practice before the highest court of any state, territory or the District of Columbia, and

3. Be in at least the upper thirty-three percent (33%) of your law school class and/or have an overall grade point average (GPA) of at
least 3.0 unrounded based on a scale of 4.0. NOTE: If your law school does not calculate class rank, and also does not provide
traditional grades or a GPA, you should include a link to the school's grading policy and should provide a narrative explanation of how
your law school performance correlates with our requirements.


There is no substitution of education for the experience for this position.

Additional information

Selected candidates will be assigned to our headquarters offices in Washington, D.C. and Arlington, Virginia.

The Honors Attorney Program appointment is for a period not-to-exceed 24 months. If you are not admitted to practice when you join the FDIC, you will be classified as a Law Clerk. Upon admission to a state bar you will be reclassified as an Attorney. Additionally, if you do not acquire bar membership within 14 months of appointment, the appointment terminates. While a permanent appointment beyond the temporary 24-month appointment cannot be guaranteed, successful completion of the Honors Attorney Program may lead to a permanent appointment in the FDIC's Legal Division.

This position is advertised as an OPEN CONTINUOUS with a final closing date of 09/27/2021. Applicants that apply before each closing date of the cut off dates listed below or when a request for an additional vacancy is submitted will be considered.

Due to the high volume of qualified applicants expected to apply, a first cut-off date of 08/30/2021will be used.

A second cut-off date of 09/13/2021 will be used.

If the resulting candidate pool is not sufficient to meet the hiring needs, all candidates who apply by the closing date of this announcement will receive consideration.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

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

Your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the program minimum qualifications. Your application will be rated based on the information provided in your resume and supplemental information. If your complete application meets the minimum position qualifications, your application will be referred to the selecting official.

Your complete application must be submitted during the open period (dates listed at the top of this page) and reflect how you meet the minimum qualification and ideal candidate criteria listed under the "Qualifications Required" section.

Please keep in mind your resume is of key importance for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to submit a thorough resume that directly relates to this position. If you rated yourself higher than what is supported by your resume, your overall qualifications assessment may be adversely affected. Top ranked candidates will be referred to the selecting official for further review and consideration.

Candidates who are eligible for veterans' preference will receive consideration.

The assessment questionnaire is designed to measure your ability in the following competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs):
  • Ability to perform research, recognize legal issues, weigh and evaluate complicated information and utilize both facts and law in developing legal arguments and alternative positions.
  • Knowledge of rules of evidence, appellate and civil procedure and practice.
  • Ability to draft legal memoranda, legal opinions, regulations, pleadings, motions, briefs and other legal documents.
  • Ability to convey ideas effectively and persuasively to others orally.
  • Ability to convey ideas effectively and persuasively to others, in writing.
  • Ability to coordinate work with attorneys, paralegals and other support staff to ensure work is accomplished correctly and in a timely manner.

  • You do not need to respond separately to these KSAs. Your answers to the online questionnaire and resume will serve as responses to the KSAs.

    To preview questions please click here .

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    VETERANS' PREFERENCE: If you are claiming veterans' preference, click here . (Note: Veterans must 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 (e.g., DD-214, VA Letter, SF-15, etc.) to demonstrate veterans' preference eligibility.)

    A complete application consists of:

    1) Cover letter stating anticipated date of graduation or availability;

    2) Resume, which should include unrounded law school GPA and undergraduate GPA. The resume may exceed one page and should emphasize honors, awards and achievements awarded during law school and undergraduate school;

    3) Writing sample of 15 pages or less;

    4) The names of two references with their email addresses and daytime phone numbers; and

    5) Law school transcript from ALL law schools attended, official or unofficial in a format generated by the law school (photocopy acceptable), and class rank, only when present on an official transcript if possible, for ALL law schools attended. Include an explanation of any unusual grading system. Self-prepared transcripts cannot be submitted in lieu of a law school transcript.

    When deciding which candidates are qualified for an interview, we look at the candidate's total application package including undergraduate academic record, law school courses, law school academic record, any law review or law journal participation (including service as an editor), judicial clerkship, national or regional moot court competition participation, and other special qualifications (such as another advanced degree in a related area) or life experience and writing sample. An appropriate writing sample should demonstrate the candidate's legal research, analytical problem solving, and writing skills, (i.e., organization, grammar, spelling, and persuasiveness). Applicants should not submit an edited work, such as a published law review article or opinion issued by a court; however, a draft that is totally your work (i.e., not edited by anyone other than you) is acceptable. Writing samples should not exceed 15 pages.

    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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