Offices, Boards and Divisions Paralegal Specialist (Recent Grads) in Washington, District Of Columbia

Offices, Boards and Divisions
5 vacancies in the following location:
  • Washington DC, DC
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Friday 10/14/2016 (13 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 10/27/2016 (0 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Are you interested in a rewarding and challenging legal career? Join the U.S. Department of Justice!

The National Security Division (NSD) is responsible for coordinating the Department's efforts in carrying out its core mission of combating terrorism and protecting national security. NSD is responsible for developing, enforcing, and supervising the application of all federal criminal laws related to the national counterterrorism and counterespionage enforcement programs, except those specifically assigned to other divisions. NSD also serves as the Department's liaison to the United States Intelligence Community (USIC), including when the USIC appears before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. In addition, NSD advises the Attorney General regarding all matters of National Security Policy.

The purpose of the Recent Graduates Program is to provide graduates from a qualifying educational institution or program the opportunity to participate in a career development program. If selected for this position, you will be appointed to the excepted service on a one-year appointment. Participants who successfully meet the requirements at the end of their first year may be eligible for non-competitive conversion to the competitive service. This conversion is at the agency's discretion.

If selected, you will:

  • be provided a mentor;
  • have an Individual Development Plan to assist with career planning, professional development and training activities;
  • complete least 40 hours of formal, interactive training;
  • and be required to demonstrate successful job performance.
  • Assist attorneys and paralegal specialists in researching pleadings, briefs, and other legal documents.
  • Conduct general searches of legal documents, court cases, and/or statutory references.
  • Track and organizes case and other legal information using automated applications.
  • Search files and assembles relevant materials to assist attorneys in answering general correspondence.
  • Research and verify citations and references contained in legal documents using The Bluebook, Lexis/Nexis, Westlaw and federal statutes.
  • Correct erroneous or incomplete citations, references in briefs and other case documents.
  • Ensure documents conform to standards of court or administrative bodies.
  • Assist attorneys in pretrial preparations by preparing, scheduling, reviewing, and organizing discovery; interviewing and managing witnesses; and researching case law.
Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must meet eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date
  • Must comply with Selective Service Registration requirements, as applicable
  • Must successfully complete Background Investigation to include drug testing


To be eligible for the Recent Graduates Program, you must be a recent graduate who has completed a qualifying associate, bachelor, masters, professional, or doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from an accredited educational institution ( within the previous two years. Veterans whose military service interfered with their ability to apply during that two year period may apply within two years of military discharge or 6 years from the date of receipt of the degree whichever comes first.

Foreign Education: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must provide a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcripts in order to receive credit for that education (See Required Documents section).

See also:

To qualify for the Paralegal Specialist position, GS-0950-07, you must have:

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 level in the Federal service performing all of the following tasks: 1) conduct legal research using sources such as The Bluebook, Lexis/Nexis, Westlaw, federal statutes, and case law; 2) input and retrieve legal data using electronic databases; and, 3) prepare and organize exhibits, charts and reports including photographic evidence for trial.


B. Successfully completed a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university; and meet one of the Superior Academic Achievement (SAA) provisions. The SAA provisions include the following: 1) a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher for all completed undergraduate coursework or for all courses completed in the last two full years of undergraduate work; 2) a GPA of 3.5 or higher for all courses in the major field of study, or those courses in your major completed in the last two full years of undergraduate work; 3) ranking in the upper one-third of your college, university or major subdivision; or 4) membership in a National Scholastic Honor Society listed in the following link


C. Successfully completed one full academic year of graduate education (18 units or equivalent) from an accredited college or university;


D. A combination of appropriate specialized experience and graduate education.

To qualify for the Paralegal Specialist position, GS-0950-09, you must have:

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal service performing all of the following tasks: 1) conduct legal research using sources such as The Bluebook, Lexis/Nexis, Westlaw, federal statutes, and case law; 2) evaluate the merits and weaknesses of litigation requests based upon applicable law, court precedents, and evidence of liability and damages; and, 3) prepare and organize exhibits, charts and reports including photographic evidence for trial;


B. A master's or equivalent graduate degree; or two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or LL.B. or J.D.;


C. Some specialized experience as described in A, but less than one year; and have more than one year but less than two years of education as described in B. (To compute the percentage, divide your total months of qualifying experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of graduate education beyond the first year by 18. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify).

You must complete all academic degrees and coursework at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see .

YOUR RESUME MUST provide specific details as to how your experience meets the specialized experience as described in the vacancy announcement if you are using experience to meet all or part of the qualification requirements. Please ensure that your resume includes the month and year that you began and ended each position held or that position will not be credited toward meeting the specialized experience requirement. Full-time employment will be assumed unless otherwise stated on your resume. Part-time employment will be prorated in crediting experience. Failure to provide details will result in an ineligible rating.

YOUR RESUME MUST support your responses to the online questionnaire. Failure to provide support may result in an ineligible rating. Your latest resume submitted for this vacancy announcement will be used to determine qualifications and supersedes previous submissions.

Security Clearance

Top Secret/SCI

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

If you meet the minimum qualifications for this job, you will receive an email from assessments@USAHire.opm.govwith a link to take the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. This assessment must be completed within 48 hours after the close of this JOA. If you have not received the link to the assessment within 24 hours of the closing date and you meet the minimum qualifications for the position, you should contact HelpDesk@USAHire.opm.govto request the invitation to be re-sent.

Based on your qualifications and assessment scores, after a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and/or referral to the hiring official. We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the recruitment process has been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. We expect to make a final job offer within 80 days after the closing date of the announcement.


DOJ offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees: .

The Department of Justice is an equal employment opportunity employer: .

Other Information

Schedule A: DOJ welcomes and encourages applications from persons with disabilities and is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advance on the basis of merit within the Department.

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Additional information is found at:

Trial Period: You will serve a trial period during your participation in the Recent Graduate Program.

Participant Agreement: You must sign a Pathways Recent Graduate Participant Agreement.

Resume Submission: Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Security Clearance: This position requires a full background investigation and a Top-Secret SCI clearance.

Drug Test: May be required.

Salary Range: $43,684.00 to $69,460.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0950-07/09

Promotion Potential: 11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453379700

Job Announcement Number: NSD-17-1806494-(AL)