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Job Title:  Paralegal Specialist
Department:  Department Of Justice
Agency:  Offices, Boards and Divisions
Job Announcement Number:  ATR-14-18 ICTAP

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$54,035.00 to $70,243.00 / Per Year
Monday, March 10, 2014 to Friday, March 14, 2014
Full Time - Term NTE 2 years
1 vacancy in the following location:
New York, NY View Map
Only eligible Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicants may apply for this position.
Not Applicable


Are you ready to contribute to matters of national importance that promote a competitive and productive American economy? The Antitrust Division has an opening for a Paralegal Specialist to join our dedicated team and gain invaluable experience working in the public interest to protect the competitive process.

The Division's work ranges over the entire spectrum of the U.S. economy. Its merger and civil enforcement cases can affect the structure and performance of an entire industry, and its criminal enforcement detects and punishes white-collar antitrust crimes that rob American consumers.

The Antitrust Division is seeking to fill an entry-level, trainee paralegal specialist position. Entry-level paralegals within the Division perform legal duties in support of attorneys engaged in antitrust cases and matters.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional Travel Required


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship Required.
  • This position is subject to a pre-employment background investigation.
  • You will be required to undergo a urinalysis for a drug test.


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The incumbent performs legal and factual research and closely related duties of a complex nature in support of attorneys engaged in antitrust cases and matters.

Representative duties:

  • Perform research using files, library reference materials, corporate records, private and governmental studies, computer databases, and other pertinent sources, to supply needed factual information for inclusion in memoranda, briefs, and similar documents.
  • Perform preliminary screening of substantive materials prior to review by attorneys.
  • Maintain an accounting system for all materials to be used as exhibits in grand jury proceedings and trials.
  • Prepare and organize charts, graphs, and other material used as exhibits in court.
  • Prepare tables of content, indexes, and tables of authorities for legal briefs, memoranda, and other such documents, reviewing and researching citations, footnotes, textual references, and other entries for accuracy.
  • Assist attorneys in conducting interviews with investigative sources and prospective witnesses.
  • Travel to the site of trial, grand jury, discovery, etc. and there provide similar paralegal duties as described above.



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Only eligible Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicants may apply for this position. Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position. To be well qualified, applicants must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category using established ranking criteria. The determination of whether or not the applicant meets the well-qualified definition will be made prior to veteran preference points being added.

Specialized experience is defined as:

  • Independently performing factual and legal research using a variety of databases and other resources.
  • Providing attorneys with supportive legal standards and case law.
  • Analyzing factual issues.
  • Reviewing and researching citations, footnotes and references for accuracy.
  • Drafting documents and case memoranda for attorneys.
  • Establishing, maintaining and closing litigation files.
  • Entering data into computer case management systems and updating as necessary.
  • Encoding substantive case materials for electronic entry, retrieval, and analysis.
  • Assuring the proper assembly of legal case files.
  • Assisting attorneys with note-taking during interviews of investigative sources and potential witnesses and preparing memoranda summarizing the substance of those interviews.
  • Assembling and preparing exhibits for presentation and introduction into evidence at trial.
  • Assisting in the presentation of exhibits at trial using litigation support presentation tools.
  • Filing motions and other pleadings with the court.
  • Identifying scheduling conflicts.
  • Providing assistance to victims and witnesses pursuant to federal law and The Attorney General's Guidelines for Victim and Witness Assistance.

To qualify for this position you must have:

  1. One (1) year of specialized experienceequivalent to the GS-07 level, or
  2. Master's or equivalent graduate degree, or
  3. Two (2) full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, or
  4. LL.B. or J.D., if related.

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

Applicants using any education to qualify MUST submit copies of college transcripts or a list of college courses taken that identify for each course the college or university, semester or quarter hours earned, grade and grade-point received. An unofficial transcript is acceptable to qualify, but it must include your full name and you may be asked to submit an official transcript prior to appointment, if you are selected.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over candidates from other agencies for competitive service vacancies.   If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority over other applicants who are not employees of the Department of Justice if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category using established category rating criteria. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is at:

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP): The CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category using established category rating criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at:  


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 online assessment 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. Your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Names of eligible ICTAP candidates in the best qualified or highly qualified category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration.

Candidates who fall into the Best Qualified or Highly Qualified Category will be contacted to submit a job market paper or relevant writing sample.

Candidates within the Best Qualified or Highly Qualified Category who are eligible for veteran preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles.

You will be rated on the following Competencies:

  1. Technology Application – Knowledge of computerized databases in a legal environment.
  2. Writing – Ability to prepare effective legal briefs, memoranda, and other legal documents.
  3. Oral Communication – Ability to communicate orally.
  4. Information Management – Ability to control, organize, review, and secure large volumes of documents.


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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.


  1. Entrance on duty is contingent upon completion of a pre-employment security investigation.
  2. DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
  3. All male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service (see If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.
  4. This is a full time competitive service, term appointment, eligible to be included in the bargaining unit.
  5. The Antitrust Division participates in the E-Verify program.
  6. When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.

Veteran Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of preference you are claiming on your resume.

  • In order to verify your veterans' preference entitlement, please submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty); official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty; or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
  • In addition, if you are a disabled veteran or Purple Heart recipient claiming 10-point preference, you MUST submit the other required documentation identified on the reverse side of the SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" to support your preference claim.
  • However, if you are claiming 10-point DERIVED PREFERENCE as a relative (widow/widower of a veteran, the spouse of a disabled veteran or the natural mother of a disabled or deceased veteran), you MUST submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" in addition to the other required documentation identified on the reverse side of the SF-15 to support your preference claim. If you fail to do so, this will result in you receiving consideration as a non-veteran.
  • Although veteran preference points are not assigned under the category rating procedures described under "How You Will Be Evaluated," veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-veterans within each category for which they are qualified. In addition, qualified veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more are placed at the top of the highest quality category (i.e. Best Qualified)

EEO Policy Statement:

Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement:

Veterans Information:

Legal and Regulatory Guidance:


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application package which includes:

  1. Your Résumé
  2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
  3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, March 14, 2014.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

If you do not have internet access and are unable to complete the online occupational questionnaire or submit your supporting documents, you are strongly encouraged to visit your local library, state employment commission, or a commercial establishment that provides internet access. If you are still unable to apply online, you may call our Human Resources main telephone number at (202) 514-2469 to obtain assistance in submitting your application materials.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire,
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire, and
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents you are unable to upload to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

View Assessment QuestionsOtherwise, to fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 1066356. Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process.

  • Include the 8-character Vacancy Identification Number 1066356.
  • Provide your Social Security Number and full name in the spaces provided or we will not be able to associate your document(s) with the rest of your application.
  • You may submit multiple documents for the same vacancy announcement using one cover page.

Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed. The following will prevent your documents from being processed:

  • Not using the special cover page mentioned above.
  • Missing, incomplete, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number.
  • Missing or incomplete Social Security Number or name.

Note: If you have documents in your Application Manager account from a previous vacancy announcement they can be opened, copied and saved then reused as an upload file for this vacancy. Uploading your documents will speed the processing of your application for this announcement.

Your resume, curriculum vitae, the Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF 612), or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications can be submitted electronically using the document upload process, or via fax.

If you upload your documents using Application Manager, DO NOT FAX the same documents. To verify uploaded documents have been processed, please wait one hour to ensure they have cleared the virus scan. You can verify that your uploaded documents are attached to your application by checking the Details tab of your Application Manager account for this vacancy announcement. Your documents will display under the Details tab in the Document area.


  • Résumé or equivalent.
  • A complete Occupational Questionnaire (see instructions under How to Apply).
  • Proof of ICTAP eligibility. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form.Veterans Preference documentation, if applicable. See instructions under Other Information, below.
  • If you are qualifying for this position based on education, you must submit a copy of your transcript.


Karen Jung
Phone: (202)514-8885
Agency Information:
Department of Justice Antitrust Division
Personnel Staff
450 5th Street NW
Suite 3100
Washington, DC


Once your application package is received you will receive an acknowledgment email that your submission was successful. Based upon your rating/score, you may be referred to the hiring official. If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview. You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed within 30 to 60 days.

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EEO Policy Statement | Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement | Veterans Information | Legal and Regulatory Guidance