Job Overview


Are you interested in a rewarding and challenging career? Join the U.S. Department of Justice!! This vacancy is also being announced as Job Announcement Number 14-CRD-023 (MPP) under Merit Promotion procedures. Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration under Merit Promotion procedures. If you meet the eligibility requirements for consideration under MP procedures, you must apply separately to each announcement in order to be considered under both merit promotion and competitive examining procedures. The position occasionally requires working extended hours.

The Civil Rights Division (Division) of the Department of Justice, created by the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1957, works to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans, particularly some of the most vulnerable members of our society. The Division is primarily responsible for enforcing federal statutes and executive orders that prohibit, among other things, unlawful discrimination in education, employment, housing, police service, public accommodations and facilities, voting, and federally funded and conducted programs. The Division also has jurisdiction to enforce constitutional prohibitions on certain conduct by law enforcement agencies and public residential institutions, such as health care and correctional facilities. The Appellate Section (Section) has primary responsibility for handling civil rights cases in the federal courts of appeals and, in cooperation with the Solicitor General, in the Supreme Court. Most of the Section’s appeals are from district court judgments in cases originally handled by trial sections within the Division. The Section participates as amicus curiae (friend of the court) in cases that have the potential for affecting Division enforcement responsibilities. The Section also provides legal counsel to other components of the Department of Justice regarding civil rights law and appellate litigation.

Division offices are near metro transportation systems or other public transportation, and are conveniently accessible to restaurants, museums and other D.C. area attractions. Most employees who commute by public transportation are provided transit subsidy benefits.


NOTE: The alternate work schedule option is not available for this position.
If selected for the paralegal position, you will assist Section management and attorneys with litigation and administrative matters, and perform the following duties/responsibilities:

  • Assists with the production and filing of briefs and papers of substance in the federal courts of appeals, including, but not limited to, proofreading, editing, cite checking primary and secondary authorities, and ensuring that the legal documents that the Section files are in compliance with federal and local court rules.
  • Performs complex legal, legislative, and factual research, and provides oral and/or written report summarizing findings.
  • Reviews federal court decisions to determine if they would be of interest to the Division for amicus participation.
  • Performs case management duties in support of litigation.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Supervisory Status


    Promotion Potential


    Travel Required

    • Not Required

    Relocation Authorized

    • No

    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    United States Citizens

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