The minimum qualification requirements must be met before applicants are eligible for further consideration:
Education: An applicant must have successfully completed a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association and have the first professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D).
Bar membership: Applicant must currently be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
Experience: For a GS-12 or equivalent-Applicant must have two or more years of professional legal experience, acquired after being admitted to the bar, commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. An advanced law degree such as an LL.M may substitute one year of the required professional legal experience.
Experience: For a GS-13 or equivalent-Applicant must have three or more years of professional legal experience, acquired after being admitted to the bar, commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. .
Experience: For a GS-14 or equivalent-Applicant must have four or more years of professional legal experience, acquired after being admitted to the bar, commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position.
Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must meet the Time-in-Grade restrictions.
Official law school transcripts must be submitted prior to entering the position. These transcripts must show successful completion of a full 3-year course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) leading to a professional law degree (LLB or JD) that included a major field of study or specific course requirements.
Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at - http://www.opm.gov/qualifications and http://www.ed.gov//admins/finaid/accred/index.html
Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. Please include this information in your resume.
****ALL APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS ***
1) A resume; answers to questionnaire responses should be attached to submission.
2) Law school transcripts and official statement of relative standing in class. A copy is acceptable.
3) A copy of official certificate showing the applicant is a member in good standing with the bar.
4) Federal employees must submit a copy of their latest SF 50; and applicants currently serving in the military must submit a copy of their most recent OER and/or DD 214 (which indicates character of service).
Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
One year trial/probationary period may be required.
Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.
Applicants claiming veteran's preference must clearly show entitlement to such preference on resume and supplemental data submitted
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in the vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
How you will be Evaluated:
Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be reviewed to verify that you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements. Your responses to the questionnaire will be used to evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences.
Applicants will be rated using the Category Rating System. If you meet the eligibility requirements for this position, you will be rated on your possession of the competencies listed above. Your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the Screening Questions/Occupational Questionnaire. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume, you will be assigned a rating commensurate with your experience as described in your resume. Based on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and training in relation to these competencies, you will be placed into one of the following three categories:
· Highly Qualified - Applicants with a background and documented specialized experience that demonstrates competencies at the superior level as an expert and/or functioning at the supervisory level.
· Well Qualified - Applicants with a background and documented specialized experience that demonstrates competencies allowing independent functioning on a regular basis.
· Qualified - Applicants with the required education, with a background and specialized experience demonstrating the effective work, under supervision, in the areas of competency covered by this announcement.
The Category Rating Method 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.