Student Trainee (Legal)

Washington, D.C
Jan 20, 2022
Jan 25, 2022
Full Time

The Student Trainee (Legal) is a summer internship position located within either the Office of the Counselor to the Inspector General or the Office of Special Reviews. The incumbent will serve as liaison to the OIG legal community, the Department of Justice, and other agencies.

As a Student Trainee (Legal), you will perform the following duties:

- Conduct legal research in matters arising under the U.S. Constitution, United States Code, Code of Federal Regulations, the Federal Rules of Evidence, and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, utilizing tools such as Westlaw and the Commission's website and in-house library.

- Research and analyze issues for attorneys using such reference sources such as legislative history, treatises, administrative decisions, Federal district and circuit court decisions, and Supreme Court decisions.

- Prepare memoranda reflecting Merit Systems Protection Board (M.S.P.B.), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (E.E.O.C.), and Federal Court case law precedent discovered during the course of legal research and applies precedent to pertinent facts in cases before judges.

- Prepare draft memoranda, based upon analysis of the legal research, for review by an Administrative Law Judge.

- Prepare drafts of decisions, orders, and notices, based upon results of the legal research, in cases before an Administrative Law Judge.


Conditions of Employment

The 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 résumé.

Program Requirement:
If selected, you must: 1) sign a Pathways Internship Program agreement; 2) provide official documentation of enrollment and registration; 3) provide verification of academic status (transcript) at the end of each academic semester/quarter; 4) participate in mentorship opportunities; 5) complete 40 hours of professional development training; 6) prepare and implement an Individual Development Plan; 7) maintain satisfactory performance.
Key Requirements:
  • This is an Internship position.
  • You must be at least 16 years of age.
  • You must be and maintain good academic standing.
  • An application limit of 200 is being placed on this announcement.
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  • Must be U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals.

  • Qualifications

    You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
    Basic Qualifications: You MUST meet the definition of a STUDENT for the duration of your appointment. The definition of a student is: an individual accepted for enrollment or enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) in a qualifying educational institution, on a full or half-time basis (as defined by the institution in which the student is enrolled), including awardees of the Harry S. Truman Foundation Scholarship Program under Public Law 93-842. Students need not be in actual physical attendance, so long as all other requirements are met. An individual who needs to complete less than the equivalent of half an academic/vocational or technical course-load immediately prior to graduating is still considered a student for purposes of this Program.

    Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate level education;
    Eligibility under the Superior Academic Achievement Provision and completion of a bachelor's degree


    Must be enrolled in an accredited School of Law and pursuing a course of study to obtain either a J.D. or LL.M equivalent.

    The education 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 .

    Additional information

    Other information:
    -You must serve a trial period for the duration of the appointment.
    -You must maintain student status for the duration of the appointment.
    - Public Trust - Background Investigation will be required.
    -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.
    - Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency.
    - Must adhere to agency health requirements, including, but not limited to: (1) must report Covid-19 vaccination status when requested; and (2) must comply with agency's Covid-19 testing and vaccination requirements, if any, or qualify for and receive a valid exemption.