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Job Title:Paralegal Specialist

Department:Department Of Justice

Agency:Offices, Boards and Divisions

Job Announcement Number:PH-12-JL-737785

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$51,630.00 to $81,204.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 to Thursday, October 11, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0950-09/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Who May be Considered:  U.S. Citizens, no prior Federal experience required.  

This position is located in the Office of the Solicitor General, Research and Publications Section, Paralegal Unit, which is charged with the review of all government briefs filed in the Supreme Court of the United States. 

 

The major function of the Office of the Solicitor General is to supervise and conduct government litigation in the United States Supreme Court.  Virtually all such litigation is channeled through the Office of the Solicitor General and is actively conducted by the office.
 
Who May Apply:  U.S. Citizens


One or more positions may be filled using this vacancy. 
Filling this position is subject to funding availability.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply section).
  • You may be subjected to undergo a urinalysis for a drug test.
  • Moving and Relocation Expenses are not authorized.
  • You must undergo a pre-employment security investigation.

DUTIES:

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The incumbent serves as a paralegal specialist in support of Deputy Solicitors General, Assistants in the Solicitor General, attorneys in the various divisions of the department, and officials in other government agencies. The paralegal specialist duties below include, but not limited to the following:

 

  • Conducts investigations of limited scope to obtain facts, study legal precedents, and prepare recommendations for an attorney.
  • Assists attorneys in the review and preparation of petitions, merit briefs, briefs in opposition, appendices, and other legal documents.
  • Prepares memoranda and reports outlining the facts and legal issues, analyzing the factual and legal issues involved, explaining the application of legal principles and precedents, and justifying recommendations or conclusions.
  • Proofreads, distributes and reviews page for accuracy and completeness of legal citations for all brief filled in the Supreme Court by all departments and agencies of the United States Government.
  • Correlates all corrections to a master copy for final printing.
  • Determines analyzes and ensures compliance with the rules of the Supreme Court and other applicable rules.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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In order to qualify for the Paralegal Specialist position you must possess the following:


For the GS-09: 

A. Have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal service, or comparable experience using hard copy resources and electronic legal databases to verify legal citations, including cases, statutes, and regulations;   analyzing and organizing factual, legal and archival records; and providing assistance to attorneys working under tight deadlines.

 

 OR 

B. Have completed two full years of progressively higher-level graduate education or have a master's or equivalent degree in law, paralegal studies, or a closely related field that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to do the work of a Paralegal Specialist.  

OR  

C. Have a combination of experience as described under letter 'A' above and graduate education as described under letter 'B' above which, when combined, is equivalent to 100% of the qualification requirement. (Only graduate education in excess of the first full year may be used in this calculation). To calculate your percentage of graduate education, divide the total number of graduate hours that exceed the first year by 18. To calculate your percentage of qualifying experience, divide your total number of months of qualifying experience by 12. Now, add the two percentages together. The sum of the percentages must equal at least 100%.


For the GS-11:

 

A. Have at least one year of specialized experience  equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal service, or comparable experience performing factual, legal and archival research; compiling and researching  a variety of sources to verify, support or dispute case information; verifying the accuracy and format of legal citations in briefs and other legal documents using hard copy resources and electronic legal databases and The BlueBook: A Uniform System of Citation.

  OR
B. Have completed three full years of progressively higher level graduate education or have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in law, paralegal studies, or a closely related field that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to do the work of a Paralegal Specialist.    OR  
C. Have a combination of experience as described under letter 'A' above and graduate education as described under letter 'B' above which, when combined, is equivalent to 100% of the qualification requirement. (Only graduate education in excess of the second year may be used in this calculation). To calculate your percentage of graduate education, divide the total number of graduate hours beyond the second year by 36. To calculate your percentage of qualifying experience, divide your total number of months of qualifying experience by 12. Now, add the two percentages together. The sum of the percentages must equal at least 100%.

 

 

 


ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims.  Unless otherwise stated: (1) unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

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; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:
http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.

 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

 

All US Citizens:  If you meet the qualifications, you will be rated and ranked under Category Rating procedures. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. Candidates will be ranked into 3 categories: Best-Qualified; Highly-Qualified; and Qualified.

The Category Rating Process does not add veterans’ preference points or apply the “rule of three”, but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 per cent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher).

Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position as listed above. 

 

KSA'S

  • 1. LEGAL RESEARCH
  • 2. LITIGATION PROCEDURES

3. ORAL COMMUNICATION

4. LEGAL WRITING

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BENEFITS:

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The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc.

 



OTHER INFORMATION:

Conditions of Employment:

1. Entrance on duty is contingent upon completion of a pre-employment security investigation.
2. DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
3. All male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service (see http://www.sss.gov/ ). If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.

Other Information:  

- If you are an eligible Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant, you may apply for special selection over other applicants for this position. Individuals who have special priority selection rights under CTAP or ICTAP must be well qualified for the position. To be well qualified, applicants must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and score 85 or better on established ranking criteria, not including veterans’ preference points, if applicable. CTAP and/or ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a recent (or last) performance appraisal; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; or, if applicable, an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456. (http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap.) 
- If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.   For more information on veterans’ preference see http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx 
- The Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, politics, marital status, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism. 
- The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with disabilities and is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department. 
- The Department provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the servicing specialist listed in the vacancy announcement. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
- In addition to applying through competitive procedures certain applicants with disabilities may be considered non-competitively under a Schedule A hiring authority. To qualify for employment under Schedule A, an applicant must provide proof of disability and certification of job readiness. As proof of disability and certification of job readiness, applicants may provide records, statement, or other appropriate information issued from a licensed medical professional (e.g., a physician or other medical professional duly certified by a State, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory to practice medicine); a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist (i.e., State or private); or an Federal agency, State agency, or an agency of the District of Columbia or a U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits. Proof of disability and certification of job readiness must be included in the application package. For more information and proof required see http://www.opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp



HOW TO APPLY:

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You must submit a complete Application Package by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, October 11, 2012.
 
To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.
Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link: https://applicationmanager.gov/.
To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following 737785.   Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
If you cannot apply online:
1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire  http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf and
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:


1. Your Résumé
2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire
3. Other supporting documents:
        - Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable;  
        - CTAP/ICTAP documentation, if applicable;  

       - Transcripts, if applicable
        
Your resume MUST contain all information required for Federal employment. Your resume MUST include full employment information such as periods of employment, month and year position(s) started and ended, title of position(s), employer’s name and address, hours worked, description of duties, etc.

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Philadelphia Services Branch
Phone: (215)861-3074
Email: PHILADELPHIA@OPM.GOV
Agency Information:
Philadelphia Services Branch
US Office of Personnel Management
600 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA
19106
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Based upon your score, you may be referred to the hiring official. If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview. You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).


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Job Announcement Number:

PH-12-JL-737785

Control Number:

325348300