In order to qualify for the Legal Assistant (Court) Office Automation you must meet the following minimum qualifications AND the Office Automation Proficiency Requirement:
Minimum Qualifications Legal Assistant (Court) Office Automation, GS-05
A. Have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-04 level in the Federal government applying knowledge of rules and procedures to perform a variety of legal support work. This type of work includes 1) preparing and processing standard, routine legal correspondence; 2) providing information to visitors and telephone callers; 3) using word processing software and printing devices to produce a variety of standardized documents such as letters and reports, and 4) maintaining legal files OR
B. Have successfully completed 4 years of education above the high school level in any field for which high school graduation or the equivalent is the normal prerequisite is creditable up to the GS-5. This education was obtained in an accredited business, secretarial or technical school, junior college, college or university. One year of full-time academic study is defined as 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours, or the equivalent in a college or university, or at least 20 hours of classroom instruction per week for approximately 36 weeks in a business, secretarial, or technical school OR
C. Have a combination of specialized experience described in letter A above and post high school education described in letter B above in excess of the first 60 semester hours (i.e., beyond the second year) that totals at least one year. One full academic year of study (30 semester hours) beyond the second year is equivalent to 6 months of specialized experience.
Minimum Qualifications Legal Assistant (Court) Office Automation, GS-06
A. Have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 level in the Federal government applying knowledge of an extensive body of rules and procedures to perform interrelated and nonstandard legal support work. This type of work includes 1) processing motions, petitions and other legal documents; 2) responding to written, telephonic, electronic, and personal Inquiries regarding legal proceedings and records; 3) assist in the preparation of legal case file materials; and 4) maintaining and analyzing statistical data.
Minimum Qualifications Legal Assistant (Court) Office Automation, GS-07
A. Have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-06 level in the Federal government applying knowledge of legal regulations, techniques, and procedures to perform a variety of legal assistance work. This type of work includes 1) scheduling hearings, meetings and engagements; 2) examining case files to determine sufficiency of documentation and to identify material that may be pertinent to issues or cases; 3) conducting research for case information through records, reference and historical material; 4) assisting in retiring files; and 5) generating, modifying, and interpreting computer- generated reports.
Minimum Qualifications Legal Assistant (Court), GS-08
A. Have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal government applying knowledge of comprehensive legal regulations, techniques, and procedures to perform a variety of legal assistance work. This type of work includes 1) applying comprehensive legal regulations, techniques and procedures in conducting searches and composing documents; 2) running, analyzing and distributing automated reports; 3) responding to inquiries and complex requests for case-related information); 4) maintaining automated legal case management systems.
OFFICE AUTOMATION PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENT
A. Have experience using office automation systems, such as word processing software or personal computers AND can type 40 words or more per minute with three or fewer errors in a five-minute sample.
USING EDUCATION TO QUALIFY: Education must be accredited by an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/search.aspx . All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. (Note: If you are selected for this position based on education, an official transcript will be required, prior to your first day.)
You must meet all qualification requirements. (Required - if applicable) 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 . All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. Special Instructions for 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 accredited U.S. education programs; 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 .
-A Probationary Period Is Required.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
If you meet the qualifications based on your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire you will be rated and ranked using DOJ's Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Candidates will be ranked into 3 categories Best-Qualified; Highly-Qualified; or Qualified. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement for Best-Qualified candidates. 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.
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-9 level or higher).
All applicants' qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
- PROCESS AND REVIEW LEGAL DOCUMENTS
- ORAL COMMUNICATION
- ADMINISTRATIVE AND CLERICAL OFFICE SUPPORT
- AUTOMATED CASE MANAGEMENT