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Job Title:Student Trainee Legal Assistant (OA)

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Job Announcement Number:LAG-PLA-1087599-BB-048

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$31,628.00 to $41,122.00 / Per Year


Monday, April 07, 2014 to Friday, April 11, 2014




Full Time - Excepted Service NTE NTE 1 year




1 vacancy in the following location:
San Antonio, TX View Map


U.S. citizens who are currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a full or half time basis as a degree seeking student.


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Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

This is a key position within the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ICE utilizes the government's second largest cadre of law enforcement officers to ensure our nation's economic, transportation and infrastructure security. ICE enforces immigration and customs laws. Our talented and courageous workforce identifies criminal activities and eliminates vulnerabilities that pose a threat to our nation's borders.

ICE is the primary investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). With more than 19,000 employees in 400 offices around the world, ICE is a key component of the DHS layered defense approach to protecting our nation. For additional information about ICE and career opportunities go to

Intern NTE appointments are made on a temporary basis not to exceed 1 year from the time of the initial appointment to complete temporary projects, perform labor-intensive tasks not requiring subject-matter expertise, or to fill traditional summer jobs. Appointments may be extended in 1 year increments up to the established caps. Intern NTEs may be converted to a term, career, or career-conditional appointment non-competitively if requirements are met.

Who May Apply:

  • U.S. citizens who are currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a full or half-time basis as a degree seeking student.  
  • Organizational Location: This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Office of Professional Legal Advisors (OPLA). DUTY LOCATION: San Antonio, TX.

    Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses will not be paid.

    Note: One or more positions may be filled using this vacancy announcement.


    • Not Required


    • No


    • U.S. Citizenship
    • Ability to pass background investigation and drug screen for fed employment
    • Relevant Experience (see Qualifications and Evaluations Tab)
    • Complete Application Package (see How to Apply Tab)
    • Males born after 12/31/59 must certify registration with Selective Service


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    As an Intern (Legal Assistant) assigned to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA), you will be responsible for performing a wide variety of support activities for a staff of attorneys involved in Immigration litigation and other law related activities. Specifically, you will:

    • Perform a variety of complex support for a staff of attorneys involved in immigration law practices and court proceedings. 
    • Provide general support to attorneys in all areas of docket management or motion and appeal preparation. 
    • Operate word-processing software and computer hardware to produce, store, and retrieve drafts of a variety of documentations types.
    • Provide data gathering and analysis support for a variety of legal processes. 
    • Assist attorneys in preparing relevant documents for use in court proceedings.


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    Pathways Internship Programs candidates must meet the qualification requirements consistent with the ICE Pathways Programs Qualification Standard applicable to the position being filled.

    • Candidate must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment on a full or half-time basis as a degree-seeking student.
    • Must remain in good academic standing as defined by the school, generally at least a 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) for undergraduate programs (cumulative) and a 3.0 GPA for advanced degree programs.
    • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 must be maintained throughout the entire internship appointment. 
    • Must be 16 years or older at the time of appointment.
    • Degree does not have to be related to the position/series; however to be eligible, candidate must meet the ICE Qualification Standards for the position to which the Intern may be converted.
    • Meet the ICE developed qualifications standards prior to appointment and any physical, suitability, security requirements and if applicable medical clearance.
    • If selected, you will be required to sign a Pathways Program Participant Agreement.

    GS-5: You must meet one of the following to qualify at the GS-5 level:

    Experience: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-4 level that equipped you with the skills needed to perform the job duties. Examples include: performing basic research by reviewing and analyzing case materials; using the functions of an automated mail system to produce, transmit, and receive electronic mail messages; performing a variety of support functions related to the tracking and management of court dockets; assisting in preparing motions and appeals; maintainig a calendar and tickler systems; assisting senior assistants in preparing correspondence; and gathering and preparing information for court proceedings.

    Substitution of Education for Experience: You may substitute successful completion of a Bachelor's degree or a full 4-year course of study in any field leading to a Bachelor's degree for the experience required at the GS-5 grade level. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. One year of full-time undergraduate study is defined as 30 semester or 45 quarter hours.

    Combining Education and Experience: Appropriate combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience also may be used to meet the total qualification requirements for the GS-5 grade level.

    Requirements by Closing Date: Unless otherwise noted, you must meet all requirements by the closing date of the announcement.


    Applicants are considered in the following order:

    1. Candidates on the DHS Priority Reemployment List (RPL)

    2. Preference eligibles having a compensable service-connected disability of 10 percent or more,

    3. 10-point preference eligibles,

    4. 5-point preference eligibles, and

    5. Non-preference eligibles

    Veterans: Veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligible within the category in which they are qualified. Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are placed in the best qualified category above non-preference eligible, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. This position IS NOT considered scientific/professional.

    For more information regarding veterans' preference, please see:



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    DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package: health, dental, vision, life, retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to and select "benefits".

    Employees on temporary appointments are not generally eligible for Federal benefits. you will be eligible for annual and sick leave, and transit subsidy.


    Non-Competitive Conversion Eligibility: Candidate(s) selected from this announcement may be eligible for non-competitive conversion to a term or permanent position in the competitive service provided that all terms of the Internship Program are met, there is an available position, and the candidate is a U.S. citizen. However, conversion is not mandatory or guaranteed. Additional information on the ICE Pathways Program can be found at:


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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. Your complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, March 28, 2014 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.


    • Resume which shows relevant experience, education, and training. Work experience should include job title, duties, employer's name, daytime telephone number and address, starting and ending dates, hours worked per week, and indicate if we may contact your current supervisor.
    • Veterans Documentation reflecting qualifying service for 5pt or 10pt preference (DD-214 or equivalent, SF-15 and VA Letter, as appropriate). Click here for more information.
    • Unofficial transcripts or list of college courses, with credit hours, major(s), and grade point average or class ranking, name and address of institution. This education must be from an institution accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Prior to appointment, an official college transcript will be required.

    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 1052188.

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

    If you cannot complete your Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. Your complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, March 28, 2014 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 all six pages of 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.

    Applications and supporting documentation will not be accepted by mail or email. If you need further assistance, contact the Human Resources Office representative listed on this announcement at least one day prior to Friday, March 28, 2014 for further instructions. You must submit all required information by Friday, March 28, 2014. If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible. A valid email address is required in order to notify you of the outcome of your application.


    HR Assistant
    Phone: (949)360-3058
    Agency Information:
    ICE Laguna Service Center
    24000 Avila Road 5th Floor
    Laguna Niguel, CA


    Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and interviews. We will notify you by email the outcome after each of these steps has been completed. Your status will also be updated on your USAJobs account throughout the process. We expect to make a final job offer within 90 days after the deadline for applications.

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