In order to meet the minimum qualification requirements of this position, you must have one of the following:
A. At least one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal service participating in the substantive development of legal cases. This experience may have been obtained in the private sector but it must demonstrate that it is comparable to the GS grade indicated and it must exhibit the competencies needed to perform the duties of this position. Examples of such specialized experience include: analyzing and evaluating case files against case litigation worthiness standards; noting and correcting case file deficiencies (e.g., missing documents, inconsistent material, leads not investigated) before sending the case on to the concerned trial attorney; reviewing and analyzing available precedents relevant to cases under consideration; composing reports that include narrative statements and statistical data; and interviewing employees and potential witnesses to gather information.
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B. Successfully completed a Ph.D. or equivalent graduate degree OR 3 full years (54 semester hours or equivalent) of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree OR a Masters of Laws degree (LLM). This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. Note: If qualifying under this option you must submit a copy of your transcript(s) prior to the closing date of this announcement.
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C. An equivalent combination of the specialized experience and the graduate education described above. To calculate if you meet this combination, first determine your total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required in A above; then determine your education as a percentage of the education required in B above (only graduate education beyond 2 years or 36 semester hours is creditable); then add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal 100 percent to qualify. Note: If qualifying under this option you must submit a copy of your transcript(s) prior to the closing date of this 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
- Background Investigation: You may need to successfully complete a background investigation before being appointed into the position.
- Probationary Period: You may be required to serve a one year probationary period.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
CATEGORY RATING: Your application will be evaluated and rated under Category Rating selection procedures. Once the application process is complete, a review of resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The quality categories are: 1) Best Qualified, 2) Well Qualified and 3) Qualified.
Your qualifications will be evaluated based on your application package and the extent to which it demonstrates the following competencies:
- Technical competence (legal): Perform legal research and provide litigation support using knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, and legal practices applicable to privacy laws, tort claims, governmental ethics, contracting, employment and/or environmental protection.
- Legal reasoning: Analyze information and make correct inferences or draw accurate conclusions; distinguish between relevant and irrelevant information to make logical judgments; use sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.
- Writing: Communicate information in a succinct and organized manner; produce written information that is appropriate for the intended audience.
- Oral communication: Contact others to obtain information; carry out interviews and obtain statements; show understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, and politeness when interacting with others.
Your rating will be based on both your entire application package as well as the responses to the assessment questionnaire. Please note that if, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your category rating can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities, or you may lose consideration for this position.
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).