To qualify for an attorney position, applicants must possess a professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.); be a member in good standing of the bar of a court of general jurisdiction of a state, territory or possession of the United States; and have acquired the amount of experience indicated below for each grade level.
GS-13, three (3) years of progressively responsible legal experience of a professional nature which demonstrates the ability to perform the work at this level.
GS-14, four (4) years of progressively responsible legal experience of a professional nature which demonstrates the ability to perform the work at this level. At least one year of qualifying experience, at this level, must be specialized experience as defined below.
Specialized experience, for this grade level, is experience that demonstrates ability to perform legal work at the GS-14 level.
Note: One year of experience may be substituted if the applicant has superior academic standing in the upper 1/3 of the law school graduating class, work of significance on the law school's official law review, special high-level honors for academic excellence in law school, winning of moot court competition or membership on the moot court team which represented the law school in competitions, full-time or continuous participation in a legal aid program, significant summer law office clerk experience, or a LL.M.
College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education - Transcripts (in English) must be submitted if (a) a degree is required for the position, and/or (b) education is used as the basis for qualifying for this position. The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from schools that are not accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the Department of Education. Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. If courses were taken at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, or from several different colleges or universities, you must submit all the necessary transcripts. If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information. For this position: You must be a graduate from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and submit a transcript from that school. In addition, you must be a member in good standing of a state bar, the bar of a territory or possession of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. An LL.M, moot court, superior law school academic standing, or significant law journal/review experience may be substituted for one year of progressively responsible legal experience.
Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Please reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements for this position will be further evaluated against the following evaluation factors. Current and/or past supervisors may be contacted unless specified otherwise. A panel and/or the selecting official or his/her designee may interview applicants.
1. Demonstrated skill in performing thorough legal research and analysis.
2. Substantial experience in litigation involving complex issues, with knowledge of federal court practice and procedure.
3. Demonstrated ability to prepare well-written, organized and persuasive briefs and other legal documents.
4. Ability to make effective oral presentations in a clear and concise manner. To preview questions please click here.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to supply sufficient information to provide a basis for rating each of the evaluation factors listed above.
Individuals who meet eligibility requirements for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. Be sure to review DOL Account Eligibility/Core Questions #24 and 27 to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP/CTAP eligible and submit supporting documentation.
The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means, such as the interview process. The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. It is essential that your resume provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions. If your responses are not adequately substantiated by your resume, the HRO will amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency that is indicated by the content of your resume.