Student Legal Volunteer

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Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Jan 14, 2022
Closes
Jan 22, 2022
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

The Office of the Chairman is designed to provide law students with experience in a variety of real world Federal legal experience. The work normally assigned to a student legal volunteer will include:
  • Assisting the Chairman's office in researching and analyzing legal decisions, opinions, rulings, memoranda, and other legal material; and
  • Preparing legal memoranda on assigned questions in connection with matters before the Commission of the courts.
This position will be open until filled or until February 28, 2022, whichever comes first.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment


Duration of Internship:

Students should be available from June 2022 until August 2022 and be able to work at least twenty hours per week for a minimum of eight weeks; forty hours per week preferred. May be extended for up to sixteen weeks.

Conditions of Student Volunteer Program:
  • Selectees must submit school transcripts (unofficial is acceptable) and proof of enrollment in a degree or certificate- seeking program at an accredited education institution.
  • Student volunteers do not receive payment of any kind from FMC, except approved volunteers may be eligible for a transit subsidy.
  • Students must sign and adhere to the Federal Maritime Commission's Student Volunteer Service Agreement.
  • A representative from selectee's school must sign the Federal Maritime Commission's Student Volunteer Service Agreement form.
  • Although optional, students are encouraged to work with their school academic advisor to request course credits for the Student Volunteer Program.


Qualifications

All applicants must meet the basic requirements to be considered eligible by the close of this announcement.

Successful candidates will possess knowledge of basic legal principles and concepts to interpret and apply a body of law, regulations, precedents, and practices covering recurring types of legal actions encountered in the Commission; knowledge of the principles, concepts and methods of commonly used legal research procedures and methods, and identification/accessing of legal reference sources, sufficient to locate, analyze, and prepare reports on pertinent statutes, court decisions, legal opinions, and other legal documents; and knowledge of legal techniques and skills necessary to analyze both issues of fact and issues of law in order to prepare digests of case decisions, evaluate the applicability of precedents, or to draft briefs or other litigation papers. Candidates also should be proficient in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and/or similar software, sufficient to prepare documents, spreadsheets, and other work products; have the ability to communicate well, both orally and in writing; and be able to work independently and in a team-oriented environment.
  • You must be a United States Citizen and at least 18 years old; AND
  • Enrolled as a student on at least a half-time basis and as defined by your educational institution and be in good academic standing as defined by your educational institution; AND
  • Submit proof of student eligibility and enrollment for the duration of the student volunteer opportunity. Students must maintain student eligibility and enrollment throughout the duration of the student volunteer opportunity and must be actively enrolled at an accredited institution.
  • Students who have graduated or will graduate prior to the completion of the Student Volunteer Program commitment are ineligible to participate without proof of future enrollment at an accredited educational institution.
  • Specific work schedules vary and will be set upon selection.
  • Education must be from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants should report only attendance and/or degrees from accredited institutions. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx


  • Education

    This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

    Additional information

    • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" Sections.
    • Service is not creditable for leave or any other employee benefits. Student interns may be eligible to receive a federal transit benefit to help pay for mass transit for their home-to-work commute.
    • Accepted student volunteer interns are not considered to be Federal employees for any purpose other than for the purpose of:
    • The Federal Tort Claims provisions published in 28 U.S.C. 2671 through 2680 which enables individuals (that are not Federal employees) who are injured by negligent or wrongful acts of Federal employees acting within the scope of their employment to submit claims for compensation for those injuries to the Federal Government.
    • Claims related to injuries to Federal employees sustained during performance of work assignments under 5 U.S.C. Chapter 81.


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