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Job Title:  Legal Intern
Department:  Judicial Branch
Agency:  U. S. Sentencing Commission
Job Announcement Number:  #14-09

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$42,631.00 to $52,146.00 / Per Year
Friday, August 15, 2014 to Thursday, September 4, 2014
Part Time 20 hours - Excepted Service Temporary NTE 12/31/2014
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
United States Citizens
Not Applicable


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


  • Not Required


  • No


  • U.S. citizenship required.
  • Individuals must undergo a fingerprint background check.
  • Employees are required to serve a one year probationary period.


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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.


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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.


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.


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The federal leave program, and a monthly transit subsidy to employees who use mass transit to commute to and from work, subject to the availability of funds.


1)  This position is in the excepted service and does not carry the tenure rights of positions in the competitive Civil Service. 

2)  All information is subject to verification. Applicants are advised that false answers or omissions of information on application materials or inability to meet the following conditions may be grounds for non-selection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.

3)  Selection for this position is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment during the pre-employment process and proof of U.S. citizenship or, for noncitizens, proof of authorization to work in the United States and proof of entitlement to receive compensation.

4)  A background security investigation is required for all selectees. Appointment will be subject to a selectee's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. A background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time.

5)  All new Commission employees must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay before appointment, mandated by the Federal Compensation Act.

6)  All new Commission employees, those converted from a temporary appointment to a permanent appointment, and all rehired former Commission employees are required to serve a one year probationary period.  The probationary period begins on the effective date of the employee's appointment, conversion, or rehire.

7)  If appointed to a temporary position, management may have the discretion of converting the position to permanent depending upon funding and staffing allocation.



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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Your Resume,

2. A Cover Letter addressing the qualification requirements, and

3. A complete online Occupational Questionnaire.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, September 04, 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 occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 

Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position. 


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


If you cannot apply online:

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


The following documents are required:

·          Resume and  

·          Cover letter addressing the qualification requirements

·          SF-50 (or equivalent Notification of Personnel Action if you are a current or former Federal employee)


If you upload your documents using Application Manager, DO NOT FAX the same documents. To verify uploaded documents have been processed, please wait one hour to ensure they have cleared the virus scan. You can verify that your uploaded documents are attached to your application by checking the Details tab of your Application Manager account for this vacancy announcement. Your documents will display under the Details tab in the Document area.


Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process. To fax documents, you MUST use the special cover page. Print the pre-populated cover page on the upload documents screen of Application Manager. Or, you may click this link to print a copy of the cover page. When faxing documents, follow the procedures outlined below.   


  • Include the 8-character Vacancy Identification Number 1192695
  • Provide your Social Security Number and full name in the spaces provided or we will not be able to associate your document(s) with the rest of your application.
  • You may submit multiple documents for the same vacancy announcement using one cover page.
  • Fax your cover page and documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed.


Nicole Webb
Phone: (202)502-4537
Agency Information:
United States Sentencing Commission
One Columbus Circle NE
South Lobby Suite 2-500
Washington, DC


Once the online questionnaire and required documents are received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made, qualified applications will be forwarded to the selecting panel for consideration.  If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

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