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Job Title:  Legal Intern (Pathways), GS-0999-07/09
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services
Job Announcement Number:  HHS-OS-IN-13-835977

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$38,790.00 to $73,019.00 / Per Year
Thursday, March 21, 2013 to Friday, April 19, 2013
Full Time - Internships
Few vacancies in the following location(s):
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Law Student/Internship Program Eligibles


Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American! At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere. It is the principal agency for protecting the health of citizens. Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans.

The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is the legal team for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), providing quality representation and legal advice on a wide range of highly visible national issues. OGC supports the development and implementation of the Department's programs by providing the highest quality legal services to the Secretary of HHS and the organization's various agencies and divisions.  Opportunities may be available in OGC’s Regional Offices, which provide comprehensive litigation services, legal advice and counseling in virtually every area of the Department of Health and Human Services' programs, including Medicare and Medicaid, Head Start, civil rights, ethics, personnel and contract matters. OGC’s Regional Offices are located in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Seattle.


This summer Legal Internship Program is designed to attract students currently in law school.  The work assignments are intended to complement your legal studies and provide an opportunity to expose you to the types of legal work done by attorneys who work for the Federal Government.


Note: This vacancy announcement is open to law students only.


This is an excepted service appointment.


The beginning and ending salaries may vary depending on location of position.


Although this vacancy announcement is advertised for multiple duty locations, it is not intended to convey any implication nor expectation that positions will be filled at all locations.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

NOTE: This announcement is open from March 21, 2013 to April 19, 2013 which will be used to fill multiple positions in various locations. We will accept applications for this announcement on an ongoing basis during the opening period or until the positions are filled. The first cut-off for review is March 28, 2013. Applications will be reviewed every week or on an “as needed” basis after that.


  • U.S. Citizenship or National
  • May be required to undergo a pre-employment background investigation
  • Must be at least 16 years of age
  • Appointee must sign a Pathways Intern Program Agreement
  • Must currently be enrolled in an ABA accredited law school and have
  • completed at least one full year of study by the start of the internship


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This is a summer legal intern position in the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  The position is full-time for the summer and may extend part-time during the school year.  Incumbents will be responsible for performing work under the guidance of lawyers on a broad range of legal issues.  Among other duties, incumbents will perform legal research, assist in the drafting of legal documents, and review and analyze documents.


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Pathways candidates must meet the Key Requirements (above) and the Qualification Requirements below.  

Qualification Requirements: 

You must be enrolled in a first degree in law (J.D.) program at an ABA accredited law school.

You must have completed one full year at an ABA accredited law school by the beginning of the internship.

You must provide your most recent official transcript indicating credit hours earned (an “unofficial” copy of your transcript may be provided during the INITIAL screening of the application period).

You must provide a letter of good standing.

You must have a MINIMUM 2.5 (out of 4.0) cumulative law school grade point average (G.P.A.) or equivalent.

A.    For the GS-7: Completion of one (1) full year of law school.

B.    For the GS-9: Completion of two (2) full years of law school.

An agency may convert an Intern noncompetitively from the Internship Program to a term or permanent position in the competitive service provided that all the terms of section 5 CFR 362.204 are met and there is an available position.  However, conversion is not mandatory or guaranteed. U.S. citizenship is required to be eligible for conversion.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Conditions of Employment:


1. Security and Background Requirements: If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees.  Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.  Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action.  In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time.  Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation.  False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.


2. E-Verify: If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System.  Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.


3. Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

4. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.


5. Financial disclosure statement may be required. No


6. A one-year probationary period may be required.


7. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid: No


8. Bargaining Unit Position: No  


9. Drug Screening Required: No


10. Recruitment incentives may be authorized: No


11. Student loan repayment incentive authorized: No


12. Annual leave for non-federal service authorized: No


Once the job opportunity announcement closes, a review of your résumé and supporting documentation will be made to determine if you are qualified for this job. Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category (Best-Qualified, Well-Qualified, and Qualified).  The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position.  Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.


Note that any interview travel expenses will NOT be paid.


For Competitive Applicants/Student Program Eligibles:  Eligible candidates will be assigned to a quality category: Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified.  Candidates in the highest category will be referred to the hiring agency.


Application of Veterans' Preference: Veterans' preference applies to all selections made under the Pathways authority in accordance with Part 302 of 5 CFR. The Category Rating process does not add veterans' preference points 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 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher.) 


The following competencies are required for this position:

·         Ability to perform legal and non-legal research.

·         Ability to draft legal documents.

·         Ability to review and analyze documents.

·         Superior oral and written communication skills. 


To preview the assessment questionnaire, click the following link: View Assessment Questions


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Students can earn annual and sick leave. Students in the Pathways Internship Program are considered temporary employees and are generally not entitled to health and life insurance benefits. However, once students have been continuously employed for a year without a break in service exceeding 5 days, they may enroll in the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program, but they would have to pay 100 percent of the premium. Students in the Pathways Internship Program are generally ineligible for retirement coverage.


The Federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at


Veterans' Preference: If you are a veteran claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member Copy 4) or an official statement from your command if currently on active duty. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, in addition to the DD-214, you must also submit a Standard Form 15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference) and the required supporting documents listed on that form.  For more information on veterans' preference see


Career Transition Program:  The provisions of the Reemployment Priority List (RPL), Career Transition Assistance (CTAP) Program and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) do not apply to the initial appointment or conversions of Pathways Programs participants to the competitive service.

Selective Service: The Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that all male applicants born after 12/31/59 who are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, be registered or they are not eligible for appointment to this position. For further information concerning Selective Service requirements, go to:


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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on March 28, 2013 to receive consideration at the first cut-off.


The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on
Friday, April 19, 2013 to receive consideration.

* To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

* Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

* It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.


To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account @ and click the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.


To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account @  and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


To complete a hard copy assessment questionnaire and submit it via fax: Do not complete the steps below if you have already applied online to the questionnaire for this position.1) Print the instructions and questionnaire by clicking View Occupational Questionnaire.

2) Print the 1203FX form to record your responses to the questionnaire.

3) Fax the completed 1203FX (all 6 pages but do not include a Cover Page for this document) to: 1-478-757-3144


·         Your Résumé - You are encouraged to use the USAJobs online résumé builder to ensure that all required information is in your résumé.  If you use your own résumé, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose then you must describe your job-related qualifications that include beginning and ending dates for paid and non-paid work experience, hours worked per week, month and year of employment for each job title listed.

·         Original legal writing sample (no more than 10 pages)

·         Cover letter (no more than 2 pages)

·         Responses to the Assessment Questionnaire

·         Law School transcript  

Other Supporting Documents: (Only submit if applicable to you.)

·        Veterans' Preference documentation (e.g., DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service, SF-15, VA letter, etc.)




For Résumé and Application Tips visit:


Mid-Atlantic Services Branch
Phone: (757)441-6765
Agency Information:
1900 E St NW
Washington, DC


You will be notified on the outcome of your application once a list of candidates has been sent to the hiring manager for employment consideration.

Additional Duty Location Info

Few vacancies in the following locations:
Dallas, TX United StatesView Map
San Francisco, CA United StatesView Map
Seattle, WA United StatesView Map
Chicago, IL United StatesView Map
New York, NY United StatesView Map
Philadelphia, PA United StatesView Map
Atlanta, GA United StatesView Map
Kansas City, MO United StatesView Map
Denver, CO United StatesView Map
Boston, MA United StatesView Map

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