Job Title: Legal InternJob Announcement Number: #14-09
Department: Judicial Branch
Agency: U. S. Sentencing Commission
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/ Per Year
Friday, August 15, 2014 to
Thursday, September 4, 2014
SERIES & GRADE:
Part Time 20 hours -
Excepted Service Temporary NTE 12/31/2014
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
WHO MAY APPLY:
United States Citizens
About the Agency
The United States Sentencing Commission consists of seven members appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate and two non-voting ex-officio members. The agency staff consists of approximately 100 employees. The Commission develops and revises guidelines for federal district court judges to consider in sentencing offenders convicted of federal crimes. The Commission monitors and evaluates the use of the guidelines, conducts research and education programs on guideline application and sentencing matters generally, produces sentencing-related reports, and recommends improvements in federal sentencing practices and policies. Additional information about the Commission can be accessed via the Commission's website at www.ussc.gov.
- U.S. citizenship required.
- Individuals must undergo a fingerprint background check.
- Employees are required to serve a one year probationary period.
DUTIES:Back to top
The duties of this position include, but are not limited to, the following: Review and analysis of appeals court decisions in criminal cases and data entry of appellate arguments related to federal sentencing are the key responsibilities of legal interns in the Office of General Counsel. Additional duties include general legal research relating to criminal law and procedure and the application of the federal sentencing guidelines; monitoring and analyzing federal sentencing laws and appellate court decisions; supporting the Office of General Counsel and Sentencing Commissioners; and assisting with special projects and general legal issues relating to the operation of an independent judicial agency.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
MANDATORY QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
Applicants must have completed at least two semesters of study at an accredited law school. Candidates must be currently enrolled in law school and must be in good academic standing and possess excellent writing and cite checking skills. Resumes should include applicant's current grade point average, class rank (if applicable), writing experience (no writing samples) and relevant employment experience. Writing sample,law school transcript, and references to be provided upon request.
Preference will be given to applicants who have law journal experience.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
The Commission evaluates applicants through a structured interview. Applicants may also be screened for some jobs through a narrative/application review, and/or a preliminary telephone interview. In addition, some applicants may be tested using various assessment tools not listed on the vacancy announcement to verify an applicant's experience, knowledge, and training directly related to the job in order to identify the best qualified applicants for consideration and selection. Applicants who do not address the qualification requirements in his or her application materials as stated in the vacancy announcement are automatically disqualified from consideration and must re-apply before the closing date to be considered for employment.
The Office of Human Resources: (1) Reviews the applicant's resume and cover letter to ensure the proper materials are submitted, (2) ensures that the applicant's resume and/or cover letter addresses all of the qualification requirements (mandatory and preferred) as stated in the vacancy announcement; and, (3) determines whether the applicant meets the qualification requirements for the particular position and notifies the applicant about the status of his or her application. Applicants who meet the mandatory qualification requirements will be considered and their application materials will be forwarded to the screening panel for review. Applicants who do not meet the mandatory qualification requirements for the position are automatically disqualified from consideration.