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Job Title:  Trial Attorney (Sch A. & 30% Disabled Veterans)
Department:  Department Of Justice
Agency:  Offices, Boards and Divisions
Hiring Organization:  Criminal Division
Job Announcement Number:  14-CRM-JG-002

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$106,263.00 to $157,100.00 / Per Year
Thursday, July 17, 2014 to Thursday, July 31, 2014
Full Time - Multiple Appointment Types
Few vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
Open to U.S. Citizens Eligible under Schedule A or 30% disabled veterans


To be eligible for this announcement you must be eligible to be hired under the Schedule A for people with disabilites or 30% or more disabled veteran. For questions about eligibility please follow the below links or contact HR.

This announcement is not for a specific job. The goal of the announcement is to create a pool of applicants available for non-competitive hire for several upcoming vacancies. If you have any questions, please contact HR.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) mission to enforce the law, and to defend the interests of the United States and its citizens in accordance with the law, is carried out by approximately 104,000 talented and diverse men and women, working in 40 separate component organizations and in numerous and varied law enforcement, legal, and administrative mission-critical occupations. DOJ leads the Nation in ensuring the protection of all Americans while preserving their constitutional freedoms. With such an important mission to achieve, it is critical for DOJ to recruit a highly-skilled workforce. Become a member of our team, where you can achieve your career goals and apply your skills and talents to our important mission.

Consider joining the DOJ Criminal Division. One of seven litigating Divisions in the Department, the Criminal Division investigates and prosecutes complex criminal matters and assists the 93 United States Attorney Offices in investigations, trials, and appeals. In addition to its direct litigation responsibilites, the Division formulates and implements criminal enforcement policy and provides advice and assistance in sensitive areas of law enforcement; advises the Attorney General, Congress, the Office of Management and Budget and the White House on matters of criminal law; provides legal advice and assistance to federal prosecutors and investigative agencies; and provides leadership for coordinating international as well as federal, state, and local law enforcement matters.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Section Specific


  • No


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to qualify for this position.
  • You must undergo a pre-employment security investigation
  • You may be required to take a drug test.
  • You must be eligible to be hired under Sch. A or 30% disabled veteran.


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This vacancy covers multiple Sections within the Criminal Division and the duties may vary depending on Section.

As a Trial Attorney, your duties may include:

  • Partnering with US Attorneys and attorneys in other federal law enforcement agencies in the development and management of criminal prosecutions.
  • Advises and renders assistance in the preparation, critical examination and review of pleadings and in preparation of trial briefs.
  • Represents the United States in direct negotiations and discussions with State, county, and city officials throughout the country, lawyers, and high level officials in some of the largest corporations in the United States.
  • Participates in discussions with opposing counsel for defendants and in the formulation of settlements often having far-reaching legal consequences.


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All applicants must possess a J.D. degree and be an active member of a bar (any U.S. jurisdiction).

Grade Specific Qualifications:

  • To qualify at the GS-14 level, applicants must have at least two and a half (2.5) years of post-J.D. legal experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-13 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: independently performing legal analysis and formulating recommendations to senior managers; composing pleadings, briefs and other court documents involving legal issues in civil or criminal litigation; and conducting civil or criminal litigation.
  • To qualify at the GS-15 level, applicants must have at least four (4) years of post-J.D. legal experience, one of which was specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-14 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: independently performing legal analysis; composing pleadings, briefs, and other court documents involving unique and/or difficult legal issues in civil or criminal litigation; conducting highly complex civil or criminal litigation; and leading paralegals and support staff.


To apply under this announcement, you must be an individual with an intellectual disability, a severe physical disability, or a psychiatric disability. If you are offered a position, you must be able to provide proof of your disability. Acceptable proof is appropriate documentation (e.g., records, statements, or other appropriate information) issued by:

1) A licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist (State or private); OR 

2) A licensed medical professional (e.g., a physician or other medical professional certified by a State, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory, to practice medicine); OR

3) A Federal agency, State agency, or an agency of the District of Columbia or a U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits (e.g., Social Security Administration).


A veteran eligible under a non-competitive appointment: 30% or more disabled Veterans - Please read the guidance provided in the Vet Guide about special hiring authorities for Veterans -


  • You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.
  • 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.
  • DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.


    You will be evaluated on the competencies you possess that are directly related to the duties of the position being filled. A human resources specialist will validate the qualifications of those candidates referred to the selecting official.


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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.



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    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application package which includes the Assessment Questionnaire and the Required Documents indicated below. The Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, onThursday, July 31, 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 assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the "Submit My Answers" button at the end of the process.

    To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following 1167960. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144. 

    If you cannot apply online: 

    1. Click the following link to view and print the Assessment Questionnaire:View Occupational Questionnaire , and
    2. Print this 1203 FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire: and
    3. Fax 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.


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

    1. Your Résumé - applicants will be evaluated based on a comparison of the position requirements against the quality and extent of experience or related education as reflected in their resume. Applicants are encouraged to ensure work experiences clearly show the possession of knowledge of the subject matter pertinent to the position and the technical skills to successfully perform the duties of the position.
    2. Cover Letter 
    3. Law School Transcripts 
    4. Writing Sample 

    And one of the below:

    1. Proof of Disability - Proof of disability will typically come in the form of a letter. Such a letter simply needs to state that you have a severe disability. You can get this letter from:

    • your doctor, a licensed medical professional,  
    • a licensed rehabilitation professional, or
    • any federal, state, District of Columbia, or US territory agency that issues or provides disability benefits. The letter does NOT need to detail your medical history or your need for an accommodation. The simpler the letter, the better.


    2. Proof of eligibility to be hired under the 30% disabled veteran hiring authority.


    Human Resources
    Phone: (202)514-2811
    Agency Information:
    The Criminal Division
    1400 New York Ave
    Suite 5000
    Washington, DC


    After applying, if you are found qualified, you may be referred to the Selecting Official for further consideration. Whether or not you are contacted for an interview depends upon the location of the position and the judgment of the Selecting Official.


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