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Job Title:  Student Trainee (Legal) - Internship Program(Pathways)
Department:  Department of Defense
Agency:  Washington Headquarters Services
Job Announcement Number:  WHS-13-793391

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

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$51,630.00 to $67,114.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 to Monday, December 03, 2012
Full Time - Internships NTE 30 Sep 2013
6 vacancies in the following location:
Pentagon, Arlington, VA United StatesView Map
Student/Internship Program Eligibles



Department of Defense (DoD)

Office of General Counsel

Defense Legal Services Agency

MISSION STATEMENT:  This is a Pathways Program Intern position - Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Honors Legal Internship Program within the Department of Defense (DoD). With over 3 million military members and civilian employees, DoD is one of the largest entities served by any group of attorneys in the world. The DoD Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is part of the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). The DoD OGC is the highest level legal organization in DoD. The DoD General Counsel is appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate, and serves as the Chief Legal Officer of DoD, the legal advisor to the Secretary of Defense, and the Director of the Defense Legal Services Agency (in which capacity he or she oversees the General Counsel Offices of over two dozen Defense Agencies and DoD Field Activities). The Office is responsible for advising high-level policy makers in OSD. In addition, the Office works closely with senior attorneys and policy makers from the military departments, and with officials from the Departments of Justice, State, Treasury, and other Government agencies.


The legal issues considered by the Office are broad. While unique legal issues arise as a result of the national security and military missions of DoD, such as those involving international relations, military operations, the Uniform Code of Military Justice, the DoD counter narcotics program, military education, industrial security, intelligence and counterintelligence policy, the Office also advises in all of the practice areas common to the practice of law by Federal government attorneys in any Federal agency to include constitutional law issues, procurement and acquisition law, fiscal law, environmental law, property law, administrative law, employment and labor law, information disclosure (the Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act), government ethics, legislation, litigation support, and the review of investigations. Perhaps surprising to those not familiar with DoD are the legal issues arising from practice areas that some may not immediately associate with DoD such as healthcare law (DoD runs it own hospital and health care system) and education law (DoD operates its own K-12 school system for its dependents, as well as undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate schools).


Interns will be assigned to specific offices within DoD OGC or DLSA, such as the Offices of the Deputy General Counsels for Acquisition & Logistics, Environment and Installations, Fiscal, International Affairs, Intelligence, Legal Counsel, or Personnel & Health Policy; the Standards of Conduct Office; and other DLSA offices such as the Offices of General Counsel for Washington Headquarters Services and the Defense Security Cooperation Agency. There are few, if any, offices that can provide summer law clerks the diversity of practice areas and experiences that are available as an OSD Honors Legal Intern in DoD OGC.



  • College Transcripts Required
  • Application materials must be received by 11:59PM EST on the closing date.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Enrollment or accepted for enrollment on at least a half time basis.
  • American Bar Association Accredited Law School.
  • Position is drug tested and requires a security clearance.


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    Major Duties:  Summer interns in the OSD Honors Legal Internship Program are given considerable flexibility in their assignments. At least one intern is assigned to each OGC office listed above. There are substantial opportunities to enhance research and drafting skills by working in close association with members of OGC. Interns will assist in drafting and commenting on legislation, regulations, congressional testimony, litigation materials, and legal opinions. Interns will have the opportunity to assist in the process of formulating DoD legal policy on high-profile topics of current interest. Our intern program also includes visits to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Senate Armed Services Committee, military bases; Defense agencies and DoD field activities, all intended to familiarize the interns with the practice of law by federal attorneys and the work of DoD in general.


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    Internship Eligibility Eligibility GS-999-09: Individuals who obtained a master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related.

    Interns must have completed their second-year of law school prior to the commencement of the 2013 summer intern period.  Persons who will be graduated from law school prior to the commencement of the 2013 summer intern period are not eligible for this student internship program.

    To qualify for this position, you must be a student enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an American Bar Association Accredited Law School.

    Must be a citizen of the United States or lawfully admitted to the United States as a permanent resident or otherwise authorized to be employed.


    To qualify for a Student Trainee(Legal) in the Pathways Internship Program your resume will be evaluated and screened for the Office of Personnel Management's (OPMs) basic qualifications requirements. See: and other competencies and specialized experience needed to perform the duties of the position as described in the MAJOR DUTIES  and QUALIFICATIONS sections of this announcement by Monday, December 03, 2012.


    Specifically you will be evaluated on the following competencies:


    1.  Law Experience.

    2.  Law Requirements. 



    GS-9: Level Qualifications: Successful completion of a master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related.


    A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.  Applicants must have completed their second-year of law school prior to the commencement of the 2013 summer intern period.  Applicants who will graduate from law school prior to the commencement of the 2013 summer intern period are not eligible for this student internship program.


    GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school’s definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement.

    **Degree must be obtained from an accredited college or university**

    Department of Education link to verify accreditation:


    For more details regarding the General Policies of Qualification Standards. Please visit 


    SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION: Students wishing to apply for this position MUST submit transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)  If selected, official transcripts will be required.

    Permanent Change of Station (PCS) Expenses:
    Not Authorized
    Relocation Expenses: Not Authorized
    Work Schedule: Full Time

    Tour of Duty: Flexible
    Overtime Work: Rarely
    Temporary Duty (TDY) Travel: Rarely
    Security Requirements: Non-Critical Sensitive, Critical Sensitive, and Special Sensitive 

    Financial Disclosure:  Not Required
    Drug Testing Designated Position: Required
    Fair Labor Standards Act: Exempt
    Bargaining Unit Position:  No

    Preemployment Physical: Not Required
    Emergency Essential: No

    Telework Eligibility: This position is not telework eligible.
    Student Loan Repayment: Not Authorized

    Other Notes:


    This position will only last 10 weeks from date of employment and is considered a summer internship.


    This position may require a designated special sensitive as defined in DoD 5200.2-R and therefore requires that a personnel security investigation be adjudicated for security eligibility on a pre-appointment basis. This requirement may take 120 days or longer to process. The incumbent must complete a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) and favorable adjudication by a determining authority and be eligible for a Top Secret clearance and access to sensitive compartmented information (SCI).


    This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies with various security clearances during the next 90 days. This could result in a few or many vacancies being from this announcement.


    If selected for Federal employment, you will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment," (OF-306), prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background check.


    This position is subject to the DoD Drug Free Workplace Program. The selectee must test negative for the presence of illegal drugs before placement in the position, and will be subject to random drug testing thereafter. If a determination of the use of illegal drugs is confirmed in this position or other testing designated positions in OSD or WHS, non-selection or disciplinary action, up to and including removal from Federal service, may result. All tentative selectees for this position will be required to undergo a urinalysis test to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and periodically thereafter..


    To determine if you are best qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be evaluated and reviewed to verify that you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements.

    We will review your résumé and supporting documents, to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications and/or education on the information provided and evaluate your relevant education and/or work experiences as it relates to fundamental competencies, identified in the Qualifications section above, required for this position. Based on the results of this evaluation, you will be placed in one of the following quality categories:
    Best Qualified:  This highest category will be used for those candidates who possess the type and quality of experience and/or education that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including any selective placement factors and/or appropriate quality ranking factor(s), as determined by the job analysis.
    Highly Qualified:  This higher category will be used for those candidates who possess the type and quality of experience and/or education that exceed the minimum qualifications of the position, as determined by the job analysis.
    Qualified:  This lowest category will be used for those candidates that meet the minimum qualifications and/or education of the position and are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the position.  Candidates may require extensive training and/or orientation in order to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position.

    Names of the candidates in the Best-Qualified category will be sent first to the hiring manager for employment consideration. Applicants in other categories will be referred in accordance with category rating procedures.


    Deliberate attempts to falsify your application information, such as copying portions of this job announcement into your resume, may result in being removed from consideration for this position.


    Application of Veterans Preference: 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. Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher. A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category (Highly Qualified) provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in that category unless the requirements of 5 U.S.C 3317(b) or 3318(b) are satisfied.

    Veterans’ Preference: If you are entitled to veterans’ preference, you should indicate the type of veterans’ preference you are claiming on your résumé. Your veterans’ preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. If you are entitled to veterans’ preference and qualified for the position, your name will be placed above non-preference candidates on a list sent to the hiring manager for employment consideration. Qualified veterans' preference eligible with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category depending on the position and grade level of the job. For information on entitlement see

    All Veterans: You are required to submit a DD Form 214, Military Discharge (Member Copy 4).  Veterans claiming 10 Point Preference in addition to your DD 214, you are required to submit a completed SF-15 and, supporting documents outlined on the SF-15.


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    REGARDING INTERVIEWS: Interviews may be required for this position.  Accommodations may be made to conduct telephonic interviews to preclude travel hardships for applicants.



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    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
    - Completed Resume – (Required)   
    - Assessment Questionnaire  – (Required)
    - College Transcripts  – (Required)

    -Cover Letter indicating why you want to intern for the Office of the General Counsel - (Required)

    -Writing Sample - (Required) 

    To preview the questionnaire, please go to View Assessment Questions

    The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, December 03, 2012
    To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log into your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

    If you upload your documents using Application Manager, do not fax the same documents. To verify uploaded documents have been processed, please wait at least one hour. You can verify that your uploaded documents are attached to your application by checking the Details tab of your Application Manager account for this vacancy announcement. Your documents will display under the Details tab in the Document area.
    If you have completed the application process online and were unable to upload your supporting documents, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID  793391 and fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.


    Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.  If you are unable to apply online please follow the directions located at:





    •TRANSCRIPTS: Unofficial transcripts are required to verify current degree program, course work, and cumulative GPA.    If your transcripts do not state your major and degree program, you must submit a letter on school letterhead identifying your major and degree program. If selected, official transcripts will be required.
    •OCCUPATIONAL QUESTIONNAIRE: This is to be completed online.  Make sure you click the "Submit My Answers" button at the end of the questionnaire.

    Cover Letter indicating why you want to Intern for the Office of the General Counsel

    Writing Sample

    NOTE: If you fail to provide the above listed documents, your application package will be considered incomplete and you will be found ineligible.


    VETERANS: If you are eligible for veterans preference you must indicate the type of preference you are claiming. All veterans must submit a DD-214 (Member Copy 4). If claiming 10-point preference, you must also submit a SF-15 and any other proof that you are eligible for 10-point preference. If you are currently on active duty, you must submit an official statement of service from your command or other official or other official documentation that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions. 

    •Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.


    WHS HR Servicing Team
    Phone: (614)692-0252
    Fax: (614)693-1505
    TDD: (800)750-0750
    Agency Information:
    Washington Headquarters Service
    Human Resources Directorate
    4800 Mark Center Drive
    Suite 03D08
    Alexandria, VA
    22350-3200 Fax: (614)693-1505


    Once you successfully complete the application process, you will receive a notification of receipt.  Your application package will be reviewed to ensure you meet the basic eligibility and qualifications requirements, and you will receive a notification. A review will be made of your online questionnaire and the documentation you submitted to support your responses.  A list of qualified applicants will be created and sent to the selecting official.  All applicants reviewed and/or referred will receive a notification letter.  The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews, and once the selection is made, you will receive a notification of the decision.


    To check the status of your application, please refer to Application Manager at

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