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Job Title:Student Assistant (Law Clerk)

Agency:Small Business Administration

Job Announcement Number:13-4116-880115

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$14.59 to $18.97 / Per Hour


Thursday, April 25, 2013 to Tuesday, May 07, 2013




Multiple Schedules - Internships NTE 1 Year




1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map


Student/Internship Program Eligibles



We are the Office of Inspector General within the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).  As required by the Inspector General Act of 1978, we conduct and supervise audits and investigations to detect and prevent waste, fraud, and abuse and promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in the administration of SBA programs and operations.

The SBA-OIG Pathways Internship Program is designed to attract students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions (high school, home-school programs, vocational and technical, undergraduate and graduate) with paid opportunities to explore Federal careers while still in school.  This Program exposes students to jobs in the Federal civil service by providing meaningful developmental work at the beginning of their careers, before their career paths are fully established.  The flexible nature of the Program also accommodates the need to hire students to complete temporary work or projects, or to work traditional "summer jobs."

The ideal candidate for this position is pursuing a degree in a pre-law or law.  The student will perform a range of law clerk tasks while working as a member of the  SBA-OIG Counsel Division.

This position is NTE 1 year, however, it may be extended without further competition based upon the needs of the agency.


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must successfully complete a background investigation and credit check.
  • Must be enrolled at least half-time in an accredited education institution.
  • Must have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Must sign a Pathways Intern Participant Agreement.


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You will serve as a Student Trainee (Law Clerk) receiving on-the-job training and experience in the field of Law.  These duties will involve the following activities:

  • Performing legal research and drafting legal memoranda in numerous areas of law which may include:  criminal law and procedure, contracting and fiscal law, administrative law, employment law, the Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts, legislative and regulatory research, and other governmental issues.
  • Verifying citations and legal references on prepared legal documents.
  • Assisting with litigation and civil enforcement matters.
  • Reviewing and preparing exhibits and organizes documents and/or files.


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The Office of Personnel Management has identified the following basic education requirements for this position:

GS-04:  Completion of 2 academic years of post-high school study in pre-law or law OR Successful completion of the requirements for an associate's degree in legal studies (please verify by attaching a copy of your college transcripts).

Academic year of undergraduate education (post-high school study):

  • A minimum of 30 semester or 45 quarter hours at an accredited college or university; or
  • A minimum of 36 weeks at an accredited business, technical, vocational, or qualifying educational institution for at least 20 classroom hours per week.



The Category Rating procedures are being used to rate candidates.  If you meet basic qualification requirements for this position, your application will be evaluated and placed into one of the following categories:  Qualified, Well Qualified, or Best Qualified.  If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. 

Within these categories, applicants eligible for veterans' preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.  Appropriate documentation must be received to adjudicate veterans' preference. 


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Working for SBA offers a number of really exciting flexibilities. The Federal government offers a number of other exceptional benefits to its employees. The following web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more click here


Selective Service:  If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.  For additional information click here



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Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions will affect your rating.    If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience your rating can and may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.  

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 Tuesday, May 07, 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,, select 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.


In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the occupational questionnaire), the following documents are required and must be provided by the closing date of the announcement:

  • Transcripts (unofficial copies acceptable; however, if selected, official transcripts are required);
  • Proof of enrollment/class registration;
  • DD214, CERTIFICATE OF RELEASE FROM ACTIVE DUTY:  If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214, and you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume.  Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified.  For 5-point veterans' preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 Copy), or an official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
  • For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation requested by this form.  For information on veteran's eligibility visit:


It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure all documents are legible.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is   880115.

2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on  Tuesday, May 07, 2013 to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire  View Occupational Questionnaire.

2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items

3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


Betty J. Mackall
Phone: (202)205-7372
Agency Information:
SBA Office of Inspector General
409 3rd Street SW
7th Floor
Washington, DC


Once the occupational questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official.  If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.  We expect to make a  selection within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement. 

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