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Job Title:Pathways Intern - Law Clerk

Agency:Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Job Announcement Number:2014-HQP-1465

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

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$47,257.00 to $92,449.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, August 12, 2014 to Monday, August 18, 2014




Excepted Service - Full-Time. Temporary Appointment not-to-exceed 1 year may be extended for up to 1 additional year.




4 vacancies - Washington DC, DC View Map


Applicants who have been accepted for enrollment or are enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) in a qualifying educational institution on a full or half-time basis with a planned graduation date after September 30, 2015; have at least a cumulative (overall) 2.5 grade point average; and remain in good academic standing. This announcement is open to currently enrolled Juris Doctorate and LL.M candidates.


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About the Agency

Temporary Appointment not-to-exceed 1 year may be extended for up to 1 additional year.

The practice of law at the FDIC reflects the broad nature of the FDIC's work as well as its unique statutory powers. For example, because the FDIC has independent litigating authority, our attorneys practice before virtually all courts. FDIC attorneys develop case strategy, write the briefs and appear in court for arguments. The FDIC's Legal Division is a full service corporate practice providing not only litigation but transactional, regulatory and administrative legal services to the Corporation.



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Interns assigned to the Legal Division will assist attorneys in performing supervised legal research and writing and preparing legal memoranda covering a wide range of topics relating to the operation of the Legal Office. Areas of operation include bank regulatory and consumer compliance matters, litigation and bank receivership matters, and corporate practice.

Bank regulatory and consumer compliance matters

  • Developing, drafting and providing legal opinions on legislation, regulations and policy statements relating to insured depository institutions.
  • Providing guidance on deposit insurance coverage, assessments of insured depository institutions, Federal securities laws, and consumer laws.
  • Providing guidance and advice to foreign countries that are developing deposit insurance programs.
  • Working closely with bank and review examiners to ensure bank compliance with banking and consumer protection laws and regulations and the continued safety and soundness of insured depository institutions.
  • Preparing and litigating enforcement cases before administrative law judges and in federal courts.
Litigation and bank receivership matters
  • Litigating multi-million dollar actions against directors and officers, attorneys and accountants when negligence and malpractice contributed to the downfall of banks.
  • Managing some of the largest civil commercial litigation cases brought by the federal government.
  • Handling complex commercial litigation matters such as those arising out of bond claims, and commercial collection cases.
  • Developing resolution, receivership and marketing strategies for failed banks involving hundreds of millions of dollars in deposits and loans.
  • Coordinating the FDIC's anti-fraud efforts with the Department of Justice, prosecutors and FBI agents across the country in the investigation and prosecution of criminal conduct in the banking and savings and loan industries.
  • Defending the FDIC against challenges to its statutory authority and appeals from its administrative determinations.
Corporate practice
  • Providing legal opinions on a wide range of topics including statutory powers of the FDIC, the role of the FDIC as a federal agency, and corporate governance.
  • Handling labor and employment issues including administrative hearings on employee-related matters and negotiations with the bargaining unit representative.
  • Handling FDIC contracting, including contracting for the services of outside counsel.
  • Managing Legal Division technology.
  • Corporate secretary duties for the Board of Directors.


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To be eligible for this program, you must (1) be currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a degree seeking program at a qualifying educational institution on a full or half-time basis; (2) have a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 2.50 out of 4.0; (3) and be in a good academic standing.

Applicants may qualify for grades based on education, experience or a combination of education and experience. Education and experience requirements for grade qualification are set by OPM and must be met by the date of appointment.

The education requirements by grade are listed below:
For CG-7: Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate level education; or Eligibility under the Superior Academic Achievement Provision and completion of a bachelor's degree.
For CG-9: Completion of 2 full academic years of graduate level education, or a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree.

One full academic year of undergraduate; graduate; vocational; trades; technical or high school education is the number of credit hours determined by the college, university or school to represent 1 year of full-time study. The high school curriculum must be approved by a State or local governing body. All education beyond high school must be accredited by an accrediting body or organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

The requirements by grade for work experience are listed below:
For CG-7: 1 year equivalent to at least GS-5.
For CG-9: 1 year equivalent to at least GS-7.

Specialized Experience for CG-07: Law Clerk related experience in a Law environment. This experience includes, but is not limited to, performing legal research and analyzing laws, facts, evidence, and precedents; assisting with preparation of legal memoranda; assisting attorneys in preparing legal documents and in responding to inquiries on legal matters.
Specialized Experience for CG-09: Law Clerk related experience in a Law environment. This experience includes undertaking legal research and analyzing laws, facts, evidence, and precedents in developing and resolving legal issues; applying legal precedents; preparing legal memoranda; assisting attorneys in the preparation of legal documents; drafting replies for signature of attorneys to inquiries concerning legal matters ; using a legal research library, Westlaw, and other online research tools.

Low Risk Position - National Agency Check Investigation (NACI) required.


Your application package must include a resume; two letters of recommendation; cover letter - stating the anticipated date of graduation and availability date; writing sample of reasonable length to demonstrate research, analytical and writing skills; responses to the Assessment Questions in the vacancy announcement; proof of enrollment for the upcoming semester; and undergraduate and law school transcripts. The documents you submit for this position will be reviewed to determine whether you meet the basic requirements as outline in this announcement. Therefore, it is imperative that the documents that you submit contain sufficiently detailed information upon which to make this basic qualification determination.

If you meet the basic qualifications requirements, you will be referred to the selecting official for further review and consideration. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference will receive selection priority.
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Additional selections may be made from this vacancy announcement to fill identical vacancies that occur subsequent to this announcement.

If selected, you may be required to serve a trial period.

To read about your rights and responsibilities as an applicant for Federal employment, click here.


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To begin, click the "Apply Online" button and follow the prompts to register and establish a USAJOBS account, complete the online assessment questionnaire, and submit all required documents. Please be sure to click "FINISH" to complete the application process.

You must apply online. Applicants requesting an exception from the online process must contact the Human Resources Specialist or contact point listed in this announcement prior to 12:00 noon local time on the closing date.

To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the "Position Title," and then select "Apply Online" to continue.

You have until 11:59 p.m. EST (Eastern Standard Time) on the closing date of this announcement to complete the application process.


To receive consideration for this position, you must submit your:

1. Current resume showing the anticipated month and year of graduation.

2. Responses to the Assessment Questions in the vacancy announcement.

3. Two letters of recommendation.

4. Cover letter stating anticipated date of graduation and availability date.

5. Proof of school enrollment for the upcoming semester.

a. Current Students: A current transcript showing your schedule for the current and/or upcoming semester is sufficient proof of enrollment.

b. Re-enrolled Students (a student re-entering school after taking time off): A letter from the registrar's office, on the university/college letterhead, showing you are currently enrolled for the upcoming semester will serve as proof of enrollment.

6. Transcript(s) - to include undergrad and law school transcripts. Education must be from an accredited educational institution. For a listing of accredited educational institutions, click here.

7. Writing sample of reasonable length to demonstrate research, analytical and writing skills.

8. If you are claiming veterans' preference, click here. Veterans should submit the Member 4 copy of the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty - or other copy showing the type of discharge/character of service (e.g., Honorable, Under Honorable Conditions, etc.) along with any other required documents.

Failure to submit required documents will make you ineligible for consideration for this position.


LaShawndy Cobey
Phone: 703-562-2297
Fax: 000-000-0000
TDD: 1-800-925-4618
Agency Information:
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Human Resources Service Center
3501 Fairfax Drive
HRB (PA-1730-5007)
Arlington, VA
Fax: 000-000-0000


You may check the status of your application on-line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through USAJOBS by signing in and selecting "Application Status." Thank you for your interest in working for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

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