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Job Title:  Law Clerk, GS-0904-11 (Temp NTE 09/20/2014)
Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  U.S. Coast Guard
Job Announcement Number:  14-1413-HQ-TE

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$63,091.00 to $82,019.00 / Per Year
Friday, May 02, 2014 to Friday, May 16, 2014
This is a full-time position. - This is a temporary appointment and is not-to-exceed September 20, 2014
1 vacancy in the following location:
District of Columbia, DC View Map
Applications will be accepted from all U.S. Citizens. Position is in the Excepted Service.
Q - Nonsensitive


About the Agency

Apply for this exciting position to support the CG missions of safeguarding our Nation's maritime interests in the heartland, in the ports, at sea, and around the globe.

For over two centuries the The U.S. Coast Guard has protected the maritime economy and the environment, we defend our maritime borders, and we save those in peril. This history has forged our character and purpose as America's Maritime Guardian - Always Ready for all hazards and all threats.  

This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, Judge Advocate General Office in Washington, DC.


  • Not Required


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • This position requires a National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI).


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The incumbent will serve as a Law Clerk, responsible for performing a variety of paraprofessional legal and quasi-legal duties, such as: researching and compiling information regarding recent legislative developments and administrative and judicial decisions, opinions, determinations, and rulings on agency program and conducting research for the preparation of legal opinions on matters of interest to the agency. 

Being a CG civilian makes you a valuable member of the CG team. Typical work assignments include: 

•Independently performing legal research of substantial variety and complexity

•Selecting, assembling, summarizing, and compiling substantive information by use of statutes, regulations, department orders, digests, commentaries, legal instruments and other legal reference materials

•Preparing legal memoranda based on the analysis of questions presented, court decisions, Congressional actions and other legal research

•Preparing analytical reports, memoranda and other types of written responses involving legal analysis, legal arguments, briefs, or other analytical documents

•In response to inquiries, locating, organizing, summarizing, and interpreting legal information and other pre-existing legal materials, on difficult or misunderstood policy issues through research


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To qualify for the GS-11 level candidates must:

• be graduates of ABA recognized law schools;

•Possess legal skills to conduct complex legal duties, such as researching, drafting written documents and advising senior personnel on legal issues.

In addition to meeting the requirements for the GS-11, must possess at least one full year of specialized experience as a professional Law Clerk equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal service.

 Examples of specialized experience include: preparing a variety of reports, memoranda, and other written responses involving legal analysis, arguments, and briefs; responding to inquiries on legal information and pre-existing legal materials; and researching and compiling information regarding administrative and judicial decisions.

Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular ability, skill, and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of this position and is typically in or related to this line of work.

This position does not have a positive education requirement.

If you are including education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.


Qualified candidates will be rated by comparing each candidate's qualifications to the skills and experience pertinent to the position to be filled. Experience, education, training, awards, and performance will be considered. The following factors are of particular importance to the position to be filled, and applicants should provide specific detailed information in these areas as part of their application. These areas must be addressed in a document separate from the resume and submitted as part of the application package.

1.Knowledge of legal research and procedures

2.Knowledge and understanding of the application of various laws, regulations and policies that pertain to the administration of particular legal programs in substantive areas of law

3.Skill in analyzing and evaluating the relevance of particular technical data or questions which arise in the conduct of specialized legal programs

4.Skill in written communication
NOTE: Qualified candidates may be invited for an interview. Final selection will be made on the basis of relevant experience, education, training, performance appraisal, job-related awards, interview, and the skills and experience identified above.
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Your application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579-5 USC 552a.) The information is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 of the U.S. Code, Sections 3302 and 3361. Selection is contingent upon proof of U.S. Citizenship.
Applicants should be available for employment shortly after they are officially offered the position.
Please be aware that applicants will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. If selected, at the time of appointment, selectees will be required to update the OF-306. Certain responses on the form could pose a problem with suitability for employment determinations e.g., an affirmative answer to a conviction of a felony. If you are selected for this position, you will be subject to a determination of your suitability for Federal employment.

Males born after 12/31/59 and at least 18 years of age must be registered with the Selective Service System. Visit Selective Service Registration
Moving expenses will not be paid.
All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
All selectees are subject to an appropriate investigation. For Veterans' preference eligibility, visit Veterans' Employment Resources.
More than 1 selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 90 days from the date the certificate was issued.
This is an excepted appointment not to exceed September 20, 2014. No extensions will be made.
The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of political affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or other non-merit factors. USCG provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation 703-872-6274. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Visit Reasonable Accommodation


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Applications (resume and job specific questions) for this vacancy must be received on-line by 11:59 p.m ET on the closing date of the announcement.  


In order to receive full consideration, you must submit:

1. A resume or any other written format of your choice which clearly identifies the following information:

*Job Information-Announcement number, title and grade.

*Personal Information- Full name, mailing address (with zip code), email address if available, day and evening phone numbers (with area code), country of citizenship, veterans' preference, highest Federal civilian series and grade held, if applicable.

*Education- College or University name, city and state, major(s)and type and year of any degrees received.

*Work Experience- job title, duties and accomplishments, current and former (within the last 10 years) employers' names and addresses, current and former supervisors' names and phone numbers where available, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours per week, salary, and indicate whether your current supervisor may be contacted. *Other Qualifications- job-related training courses (title and year), skills, certificates and licenses, honors, awards, and special accomplishments.

2. A copy of your J.D. or LL.B. transcript.

3. A legal writing sample, not to exceed 10 pages.

4. Information related to the skills and experience listed under the Evaluations section above, may be done on a separate document, or incorporate it within your resume.

None of the application documents will be returned.

In addition, the U.S. Coast Guard offers Career Transition Assistance Placement (CTAP) coverage to Attorneys within the Department of Homeland Security. Individuals who have special priority selection rights under CTAP provisions must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. If you are eligible under CTAP, you must submit a copy of your certificate of surplus status, certificate of expected separation, or your specific Reduction-in-Force notice establishing your eligibility under CTAP, a copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current position, series, grade level and duty location. You must clearly indicate the grade from which you separated or declared surplus.


USCG Applicant Support
Phone: 866-656-6830
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
United States Coast Guard
4200 Wilson BLVD
Attn: Human Resource Service Center Headquarters
Arlington, VA
Fax: 000-000-0000


For information regarding the receipt of your application, you may call Don Pedersen at (202) 372-3818.

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