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Job Title:Student Trainee (Paralegal Specialist)

Department:Department Of Justice

Agency:Offices, Boards and Divisions

Job Announcement Number:CIV-12-DEU-34

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$30,456.00 to $44,293.00 / Per Year


Friday, October 26, 2012 to Tuesday, October 30, 2012




Full Time - Internships




1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC Metro Area, DC United States


Student/Internship Program Eligibles



With over 900 attorneys, the Civil Division is the largest litigating division in the Justice Department.  The Civil Division is composed of six components:  Appellate Staff,  Commercial Litigation Branch, Consumer Protection Branch, Federal Programs, Office of Immigration Litigation, and Torts Branch. Representing more than 100 federal agencies and the people of the United States, the Civil Division defends the united States in suits challenging the constitutionality of lawfulness of federal statutes; defends money claims brought against the government; and seeks affirmative fraud recoveries, among other types of litigation. 


The mission of the Federal Programs Section is to represent virtually the entire Executive Branch in civil litigation.  The Branch defends civil actions against the Executive Office of the President, Cabinet and other government officials, and the approximately 100 federal agencies and departments in actions attacking the legality of government policies and decisions, principally in cases brought in the federal district courts.


This is a student internship opportunity under the Pathways Program.  After successful completion of the program requirements, the individual may be converted to a permanent appointment, though there is no guarantee of conversion.


You are encouraged to read this announcement in its entirety for instructions on how to apply.


To find out more about the Civil Division, please visit:  




  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Nationalized Citizen.
  • Suitable for Federal employment as determined by background investigation.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must certify registration for Selective Service.
  • Must be in good academic standing at an accredited academic institution.
  • Must be able to work at least 20 hours per week.


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Uses Westlaw to locate caselaw, statutes and legislative history.  Proficient in use of the Internet in order to locate articles and perform basic research on expert witnesses, etc.  Uses CourtLink/Pacer to locate docket fillings to prepare pleading binders and to monitor recent court fillings to keep the attorney/paralegal apprised of current filings in their cases.  Prepares presentations and creates spreadsheets using PowerPoint and Excel.  Prepares indices and exhibits for court filings; Prepares pleading binders for attorneys; Performs data entry; Performs redactions to documents manually and electronically.  Reviews discovery documents for Privacy Act information, such as social security numbers, date of birth, home addresses, etc.  Performs and maintains paper and electronic case files of correspondence and pleadings; Organizes case files for the Active Records Unit; Assists with closing case files; Operates a copier/duplicating machine to scan documents to various computer drives and to produce and collate single and multiple page copies from originals.  


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To qualify for the GS-04:  you must have 2 years of education above the high school level (60 semester hours).


To qualify for the GS-05:  you must have 52 weeks (one year) of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-04 level OR 4 years of education above the high school level (120 semester hours).  Examples of specialized experience:  compiling exhibits, appendices, and witness notebooks, preparing and processing complex routine and legal correspondence, reviewing and tracking the progress of status and management reports, OR a combination of education and experience as listed above.  


To qualify using education for the position, your degree must be gained in a curriculum that is qualifying for the position to be filled.


Conditions of Employment: Successful completion of a preliminary security review before entrance on duty.  Any applicant tentatively selected, unless a current employee of the Department of Justice, will be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.  You will be required to complete and sign the Declaration of Federal Employment, OF-306 if selected for an interview.  See to print a copy of the form and bring the completed from with you to the interview.  The OF-306 authorizes the selecting official to call your previous employers.  Any false statements in any part of your application including the OF-306 may be grounds for termination.




Candidates will be assessed based on their eligibility requirements listed under qualifications. Candidates who do not meet the minimum qualification requirements will not be further evaluated.  Students will be selected on the basis of their GPA, resume, availability, and work ethic.  At a minimum, candidates must be willing to commit to work for at least one full year of at least 20 hours per week during the school year.  



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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


This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service. 


Applications received in government envelops will not be considered.


Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies.  Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies.  To be considered CTAP/ICTAP, your agency must have notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP/ICTAP consideration.  You may receive selection priority if the vacancy is within your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility and you apply under the instructions in this announcement.  You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority.  Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action.  Additional information about the CTAP/ICTAP can be obtained from the following website: to submit such documentation will disqualify you for selection priority.  If applying to a position with promotion potential, you must provide evidence that the position from which you are being separated or from which you were separated has the same promotion potential as the position for which you are applying.  Please annotate your application to reflect that your are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.


If you are entitled veteran preference, you should indicate the type of veteran preference you are claiming on your resume/application.  In order to verify your veteran preference entitlement, please submit a copy of the Member 4 copy of your DD-214 (certificate of release or discharge from active duty); official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty; or other official documentation (e.g. documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions.  In addition, if you are a disabled veteran, a purple heart recipient, or widow/widower of a veteran, the spouse of a disabled veteran or the natural mother of a disabled or deceased veteran, you must submit a standard Form (SF) 15, "Application for 10 point veteran preference" and the other required documentation identified on the reverse side of the SF-15 to support your claim.


Although veteran preference points will not be assigned under the student vacancy, veteran preference eligibles will be listed ahead of non-veterans.


The Department of Justice (DOJ) is an equal opportunity/reasonable accommodation employer.  DOJ does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor. 


Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate.  Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly.  Determinations on request for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. 


For additional information about this position please contact:  Arin Latney (202) 307-0271.   


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Applicants must submit a resume that provides sufficient experience and or education, knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position for which you are being considered.  Your resume is the primary means we have for evaluating your experience.  Therefore, we encourage you to submit a thorough resume that directly relates to this position.


To begin the process of applying to this position, you must submit your resume and any additional supporting documentation (i.e. DD-214, transcript) to .  In the subject line of your email, indicate:  Student Pathways Application for CIV-12-DEU-34.  You must submit your application by the closing date of the announcement.  Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.   


If you have no access to the internet to submit your resume via email, you may contact the employing office for alternate application procedures.  Please call Arin Latney at (202) 307-0271.  You can fax additional documentation (i.e. DD-214, transcript) to 202-514-7968 or attach it to your email submission. 


  • Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional)
  • Veteran Preference documentation, if applicable (DD-214, SF-15 & required proof)
  • CTAP/ICTAP documentation, if applicable
  • An unofficial college transcript if using education to qualify (Note:  if you are selected for this position, official transcript(s) will be required prior to your first day.)  



Arin Latney
Phone: (202)307-0271
Fax: (202)514-7968
Agency Information:
U S Department of Justice
Civil Division
PO Box 14660
Ben Franklin Station
Washington, DC
20044 Fax: (202)514-7968


We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the recruitment process has been completed.  After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.  We expect to make a final job offer within 80 days after the closing date of the announcement.   

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