In order to qualify for the Paralegal Specialist position you must possess one of the following:
A. You have a bachelor's degree AND meet one of the Superior Academic Achievement Provisions: (1). maintained a grade-point average of "B" (a GPA of 3.0 or higher) for all completed undergraduate courses, or those completed in the last two years of undergraduate study; or (2). maintained a grade-point average "B+" (a GPA of 3.5 or higher) for all courses in your major field of study, or those courses in your major completed in the last two years of undergraduate study; or (3). rank in the upper one-third of your class in the college, university, or major subdivision; or (4) member of a national honor (other than freshman honor societies) recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies. NOTE: GPA's are to rounded to one decimal place. For example, 2.95 will round to 3.0 and 2.94 will round to 2.9. If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail or similar basis, your claim must be based on class standing or membership in an honor society. Please submit a college transcript(s) showing your grade point average for all four years of undergraduate study, including all transferred courses. -OR-
B. You have one full year of graduate level study, or possess a Master's or higher degree, e.g., Ph.D., etc., in a field that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to do the work of the position. 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. -OR-
C. You have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level performing legal research to provide background information to attorneys or other paralegals on precedents, regulations, or opinions affecting current or future cases; examining claims or applications to determine their completeness, compliance with policies, and/or relevance to a case or legal action; and assisting with the preparation of case files, exhibits, or other legal instruments. -OR-
D. You have less than the full amount of graduate education described in "B" and less than the amount of experience described in "C," but have a combination of the type of graduate education described in "B" and the kind of experience described in "C," which when combined, would equal 100%. To calculate: If your education is currently described in quarter hours, convert the quarter hours into semester hours by multiplying the quarter hours by the fraction 2/3. Calculate your percentage of graduate education by dividing your number of graduate semester hours by 18, or your schools definition of one year of graduate study. (18 semester hours equals 12 months.) To determine your percentage of qualifying experience, you must divide your total number of months of qualifying experience by the required number of months of experience. This position requires 12 months at 40 hours per week of experience. Finally, add your percentages of education and experience. The two percentages must total at least 100% for you to qualify under the combination of graduate education and experience.
ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the 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:
Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
For Competitive Applicants: If you meet the qualifications, you will be rated and ranked under Category Rating procedures. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. Candidates will be ranked into 3 categories: Best-Qualified; Highly-Qualified; and Qualified.
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).
Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. All applicants' qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):