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Job Title:  Student Trainee (Legal Office Assistant)
Department:  Department Of Justice
Agency:  Offices, Boards and Divisions
Hiring Organization:  Antitrust Division
Job Announcement Number:  ATR-14-39

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$34,415.00 to $55,421.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 to Thursday, August 21, 2014
Multiple Schedules - Agency Employees Only
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
Student Program Eligibles
Public Trust - Background Investigation


Are you ready to contribute to matters of national importance that promote a competitive and productive American economy?

The Antitrust Division seeks to hire a Student Trainee (Legal Office Assistant) 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.

This position is located in the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)/Privacy Act (PA) Unit. The FOIA/PA Unit operates as a Division resource, and protects the Division’s interests with respect to confidentiality and disclosure issues by receiving, evaluating, and processing Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act requests, coordinating and conducting defensive FOIA and Privacy Act litigation, and advising Division sections on confidentiality and disclosure issues arising in civil and criminal investigations and litigation.  The FOIA/PA unit also defends the Division’s positions in administrative appeals under the FOIA and PA and serves as the official custodian of public antitrust documents and other matters of interest for the Antitrust Documents Group.


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  • You must be a US citizen to be considered for this position.
  • The ability to type 40 words per minute is required.
  • Background Investigation and Drug Testing Required.
  • Academic enrollment or acceptance required; at least half-time course load.
  • You must currently possess and maintain at least a 2.5 GPA (cumulative).
  • You must submit a COMPLETE application package.
  • You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date.


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As a Student Trainee (Legal Office Assistant), you are responsible for assigned duties which can include any of the following:

  • Researching, analyzing, and evaluating data for response to information requests.
  • Reviewing and assembling proposed FOIA release packages.
  • Researching recent developments in the field of disclosure, to include recent department ad court decisions, legislative resolutions or problems encountered within the FOIA program.
  • Selecting and compiling information that provides insight on legal issues and situations.
  • Planning and coordinating educational training sessions on Privacy Act requirements.
  • Providing support in the verification of case citations, quotations, and legal references.
  • Preparing and organizing trial exhibits, including such items as the preparation of charts and reports, and coordinating photographic exhibits.
  • Utilizing litigation support software or database applications to manage, track and organize legal case information.
  • Maintaining legal files, including the filing of all motions, pleadings, and correspondence in major cases.
  • Screening telephone calls and visitor requests; answering procedural questions with personal knowledge of program activities.
  • Maintaining the office calendar and independently scheduling appointments, training sessions, and conferences.
  • Reviewing depositions, files, and other materials in order to locate information or documents in response to requests for interrogatories, requests for admissions, and other discovery requests.
  • Independently preparing responses that address clerical and administrative issues.
  • Reviewing non-technical materials prepared by others for grammar, punctuation, spelling, and clarity of expression.


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To be eligible for this internship position ALL of the following requirements must be met:

  • Student Status: Applicants must be enrolled as a student, as defined in the Key Requirements Section Above.
  • Academic Good Standing:  Applicants must have at least a 2.5 GPA.
  • Qualification requirements:  Applicants must meet the minmimum qualifications for this position as outlined below.

Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position as described above, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled.

To qualify at the GS-5 level, you must possess:

A. 4 years of education above high school, OR

B. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-4 level. EXAMPLES OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE at this level includes: Clerical and administrative duties in a legal environment; office management experience such as maintaining supervisor's calendar; or making travel and conference arrangements.

To qualify at the GS-6 level, you must possess:

A.  One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 level. EXAMPLES OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE at this level includes: Verification of documents for facts or discrepancies against reference materials; copying and assembling exhibits; typing subpoenas, indictments, affidavits, or other legal documents; establishing, maintaining, and closing case files or systems of legal records; or annotating indices and status records.

To qualify at the GS-7 level, you must possess:

A.  One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-6 level. EXAMPLES OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE at this level includes: Assigning and reviewing the work of clerical staff; analyzing documents and other legal material for relevancy, pertinence, and sensitivity; developing innovative ideas and guidance for streamlining processes; knowledge of the regulations associated with the Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts; examining and preparing a variety of legal documents and actions (indictments, search warrants, affidavits etc.); or completing special research requests and developing well-researched and organized presentations.    

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

  • Citizenship:  Student Interns must be United States citizens.
  • Academic Enrollment:  You must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an accredited high school, technical or vocational school, two-year or four-year college or university, graduate or professional school (go to to verify accreditation status). Individuals who are enrolled must be taking at least a half-time academic, vocational, or technical course load leading to a degree, diploma, or certificate. "Half-time" is defined by the school in which the student is enrolled.
  • Work Experience Requirement: You must be able to complete 640 hours of work experience prior to completing degree course work requirements.


To determine if you are among the best qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. Please follow the instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your category assignment.

Your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Names of all candidates in the best qualified category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration. The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three," but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 per cent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher). You will be rated on the competencies and knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below:

  1. Ability to examine, review, and prepare legal documents.
  2. Ability to maintain automated case management systems and prepare reports of legal activities.
  3. Ability to communicate orally and in writing.


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  • Background Investigation:  You must successfully complete a background investigation to determine your suitability for Federal employment.
  • Drug Test:  You may be subjected to a urinalysis for a drug test.
  • Selective Service Registration: Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered for, or exempt from, the Selective Service. See
  • DIRECT DEPOSIT:  All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
  • Payment of relocation expenses will not be authorized.
  • If selected, you will be eligible for annual and sick leave.
    • APPLICABLE VETERANS PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION includes - Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty); official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty; letter from Department of Veterans Affairs verifying service-connected disability, 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.

      If you do not have internet access, you are strongly encouraged to visit your local library, state employment commission, or a commercial establishment that provides internet access. If you are 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.


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

      1. Your Resume
      2. Unofficial Transcript (NOTE: If selected for this position, an official transcript will be required prior to your first day.)
      3. Proof of Enrollment ( e.g., class schedule or letter from the Registrar’s Office)
      4. Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable
      5. Letter of service-connected disability letter, if applicable.
      6. A complete Assessment Questionnaire

      Your resume MUST contain all information required for Federal employment. Your resume MUST include full employment information such as periods of employment, month and year position(s) started and ended, title of position(s), employer’s name and address, hours worked, description of duties, etc.


      See How to Apply.


      LaToya Outlaw
      Phone: (202)514-2990
      Agency Information:
      Department of Justice Antitrust Division
      Personnel Staff
      450 5th Street NW
      Suite 3100
      Washington, DC


      Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications
      and determine your ranking. The best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager
      for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 30 days of
      the closing date of this announcement. You will be notified of the outcome.

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