GS-9: To be eligible at the GS-9 level, you must meet at least ONE of
the following conditions, as defined below: Specialized Experience, Education, OR a
combination of Education and Experience.
Specialized Experience: One full year of specialized experience
equivalent to the GS-7 level.
experience is defined as experience performing paralegal or legal work which
demonstrates a basic knowledge of legal research and the ability to interpret
legal decisions. Examples of specialized
experience may include the following: examining and processing a variety of legal
documents; conducting research, analysis and evaluation of data in response to
complex or sensitive requests; drafting briefs, pleadings, litigation
recommendations, or other legal documents and correspondence; using a variety
of electronic or manual filing systems to acquire and store information;
document findings and preparing recommendations; searching and reviewing legal
references, case files, and other sources for information and data required by
attorneys or court personnel.
Education: One of the
following types of education in a
related field (e.g., Criminal Justice, Law): a Master's or
equivalent graduate degree (such as an LL.B. or J.D.); OR 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education
leading to such a degree. Education at the
graduate level must be in an accredited college or university and must
demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the
duties of the position.
Combining Education and
of successfully completed graduate education and experience may be used to meet
total qualification requirements. In order to qualify based on a combination,
graduate education must be in excess of 1 full year.
GS-11: To be eligible at the GS-11 level, you must meet at
least ONE of the following conditions, as defined below: Specialized Experience, Education, OR a
combination of Education and Experience.
Specialized Experience: One full year of specialized experience equivalent
to the GS-9 level.
Experience is defined as experience performing a variety of analytical
paralegal or legal work which demonstrates a practical knowledge of law, the
litigation and judicial process, and applicable rules, regulations, policies,
and procedures. Examples of specialized experiences may include the following:
analyzing and evaluating legal decisions and case files to identify relevant
issues and potential evidence; conducting legal research concerning precedents
and past court decisions; composing legal briefs, summaries of analyses and
decisions, and pre-trial documents; interviewing witnesses and various
individuals who can provide insight into cases under review; and preparing
evidence and documents to support recommendations.
Education: One of the following types of education in
a related field (e.g., Criminal Justice, Law): a Ph.D. or equivalent
doctoral degree; OR 3 full years of progressively higher level
graduate education leading to such a degree; or LL.M. Education at the graduate level must
be in an accredited college or university and must demonstrate the knowledge,
skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position.
Combining Education and
Experience: Combinations of
successfully completed graduate education and experience may be used to meet
total qualification requirements. In
order to qualify based on a combination, graduate education must be in excess
of 2 full years.
All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see www.ed.gov.
You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application will be evaluated and rated under DOJ's Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the Occupational Questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If it is determined you meet minimum qualification requirements, your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for Veterans' Preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles.
You will be rated on the following Competencies:
Attention to Detail: Is thorough
when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.
Customer Service: Works with
customers to assess needs, provide assistance, resolve problems, satisfy
expectations; knows products and services; is committed to providing quality products
Oral Communication: Expresses
information to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the
audience and nature of the information; makes clear and convincing oral presentations;
listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
well-defined and realistic personal goals; displays a high level of initiative,
effort, and commitment towards completing assignments in a timely manner; works
with minimal supervision; is motivated to achieve; demonstrates responsible
Technology Application: Uses
machines, tools, or equipment effectively; uses computers and computer
applications to analyze and communicate information in the appropriate format.
Writing: Recognizes or uses correct English grammar,
punctuation, and spelling; communicates information in a succinct and organized
manner; produces written information, which may include technical material that
is appropriate for the intended audience.
Legal Research: Knowledge
of and the ability to apply the principles, methods, and processes to gather
authoritative legal information, including the use of both traditional and
Legal Writing: Knowledge of legal terminology; knowledge of
proper forms of citation (for example, Blue Book); ability to prepare various
legal documents (for example, legal memoranda, motions, pleadings,
correspondence, decisions, opinions); ability to convey persuasive legal arguments
Litigation Procedures: Knowledge
of and ability to adhere to the procedures and practices as prescribed by the
applicable forum (for example, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Federal Rules of
Appellate Procedure, local rules of the Court, agency procedural rules).
Teaches Others: Uses
knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on the-job
experience to perform one's job; works with, understands, and evaluates
technical information related to the job; advises others on technical issues.
The Occupational Questionnaire will take you approximately 20 minutes to complete. To preview the Occupational Questionnaire, click the following link View Assessment Questions