PARALEGAL SPECIALIST


Vacancy ID: 759848   Announcement Number: LAG-PLA-759848-BB-029   USAJOBS Control Number: 328010500

Social Security Number

Vacancy Identification Number

759848


1. Title of Job

PARALEGAL SPECIALIST
2. Biographic Data

3. E-Mail Address

4. Work Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

5. Employment Availability

6. Citizenship

Are you a citizen of the United States?
7. Background Information

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8. Other Information

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9. Languages

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10. Lowest Grade

11
12

11. Miscellaneous Information

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12. Special Knowledge

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13. Test Location

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14. Veteran Preference Claim

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15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

16. Availability Date

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17. Service Computation Date

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18. Other Date Information

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19. Job Preference

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20. Occupational Specialties

001 Paralegal Specialist (OPLA)

21. Geographic Availability

061786059 Laguna Niguel, CA
481730113 Dallas, TX
510930610 Falls Church, VA

22. Transition Assistance Plan

In this section indicate if you are a surplus or displaced Federal employee requesting special selection priority under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP). 

Note:  To receive consideration for CTAP or ICTAP, you must submit the necessary supporting documentation.  Refer to the vacancy announcement for additional information and instructions.


23. Job Related Experience

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24. Personal Background Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

1. Select the statement that best describes your Federal employment status.

A. I am a current employee of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) who is serving on a career or career conditional appointment in the competitive service.
B. I am NOT a current employee of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) who is serving on a career or career conditional appointment in the competitive service.

The following questions will be used to determine whether or not you meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position. You may wish to consult the vacancy announcement for a description of those requirements.

2. Which of the following statements best describes your experience?

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level in the federal service that demonstrates the ability to perform thorough legal research into the legislative history, precedent cases, decisions and opinions that may be applicable and relevant to case preparation, identifying appropriate sources of information, using automated tools, and evaluating the relevance of and summarizing substantive information.
B. I have a Ph.D. (or equivalent doctoral degree); three full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree; or a L.L.M in a directly related qualifying field.
C. I have a combination of successfully completed creditable education and experience as described in A above that totals at least one year.
D. My education and/or experience does not meet the education and/or experience described above.

Provide the position title(s) and dates of employment referenced in your resume (MM/DD/YY to MM/DD/YY) which demonstrates the experience related to your response.

3. Which of the following statements best describes your experience?

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the federal service that demonstrates the ability to prepare the most difficult and/or complex drafts, briefs, litigation papers, and /or advisory opinions; conduct extensive and thorough legal research into the legislative history, precedent cases, decisions and opinions as well as review and evaluate the relevance of and summarizing substantive information and use automated and other legal research procedures and methods (i.e. LEXIS, CASE, ALIAS, and Westlaw).
B. My experience does not meet the experience described above.

Provide the position title(s) and dates of employment referenced in your resume (MM/DD/YY to MM/DD/YY) which demonstrates the experience related to your response.

4. There is a time-in-grade (TIG) requirement for promotion into this position. Have you completed one year in a position at or above the GS-9 grade level?

A. Yes. I have completed one year in a position at or above the GS-9 grade level.
B. No. I have not completed one year in a position at or above the GS-9 grade level.
C. Not Applicable. TIG does not apply to me because I currently occupy (or have previously occupied) a position at or above the GS-11 grade level.

Please give the title(s), series, and grade(s) of the position(s) that support(s) your claim. Also give the beginning and ending dates (month/day/year) during which you occupied the position(s) listed.

5. There is a time-in-grade (TIG) requirement for promotion into this position. Have you completed one year in a position at or above the GS-11 grade level?

A. Yes. I have completed one year in a position at or above the GS-11 grade level.
B. No. I have not completed one year in a position at or above the GS-11 grade level.
C. Not Applicable. TIG does not apply to me because I currently occupy (or have previously occupied) a position at or above the GS-12 grade level.

Please give the title(s), series, and grade(s) of the position(s) that support(s) your claim. Also give the beginning and ending dates (month/day/year) during which you occupied the position(s) listed.

6. Analyze and evaluate cases and other matters related to immigration statutes and laws.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from a senior employee.
E. I am considered by others to be an expert in this task, I have trained others to do this task, and/or I am consulted by others on how to perform this task.

7. Assist in case preparation for litigation.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from a senior employee.
E. I am considered by others to be an expert in this task, I have trained others to do this task, and/or I am consulted by others on how to perform this task.

8. Analyze facts and legal questions in support of staff attorneys involved in enforcing immigration laws and/or worksite enforcement cases.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from a senior employee.
E. I am considered by others to be an expert in this task, I have trained others to do this task, and/or I am consulted by others on how to perform this task.

9. Prepare answers to motions and standard replies to alien appeals.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from a senior employee.
E. I am considered by others to be an expert in this task, I have trained others to do this task, and/or I am consulted by others on how to perform this task.

10. Develop and evaluate all evidence, facts, and circumstances relating to the case.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from a senior employee.
E. I am considered by others to be an expert in this task, I have trained others to do this task, and/or I am consulted by others on how to perform this task.

11. Make determinations, decisions and recommendations as appropriate within the requirements of the laws and regulations.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from a senior employee.
E. I am considered by others to be an expert in this task, I have trained others to do this task, and/or I am consulted by others on how to perform this task.

12. Receive, analyze, and recommend action on evidence submissions, motions or requests related to immigration cases concerning aliens that are in legal proceedings.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from a senior employee.
E. I am considered by others to be an expert in this task, I have trained others to do this task, and/or I am consulted by others on how to perform this task.

13. Research relevant legislation, regulations, and precedents to determine if documents or portions of documents can be released under the Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from a senior employee.
E. I am considered by others to be an expert in this task, I have trained others to do this task, and/or I am consulted by others on how to perform this task.

14. Perform legal research using LEXIS, Westlaw and/or other directly related legal data systems.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from a senior employee.
E. I am considered by others to be an expert in this task, I have trained others to do this task, and/or I am consulted by others on how to perform this task.

15. Enter court filings, proceedings, and required case information into a case docketing system.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from a senior employee.
E. I am considered by others to be an expert in this task, I have trained others to do this task, and/or I am consulted by others on how to perform this task.

16. Use a variety of Department of Homeland Security databases including NFTS, CIS, EREM, GEMS, and/or TECS to locate, analyze, and prepare information on pertinent statutes, court decisions, legal opinions, and other legal documents.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from a senior employee.
E. I am considered by others to be an expert in this task, I have trained others to do this task, and/or I am consulted by others on how to perform this task.

17. Consult with court personnel and private attorneys on requests for information.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from a senior employee.
E. I am considered by others to be an expert in this task, I have trained others to do this task, and/or I am consulted by others on how to perform this task.

18. Obtain answers to interrogatories and matters relative to discovery.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from a senior employee.
E. I am considered by others to be an expert in this task, I have trained others to do this task, and/or I am consulted by others on how to perform this task.

19. Maintain contact with law enforcement agencies and other parties involved to ensure provision of complete and timely cooperation in all aspects of assigned cases.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from a senior employee.
E. I am considered by others to be an expert in this task, I have trained others to do this task, and/or I am consulted by others on how to perform this task.

20. Use personal computer based software, i.e., word processing, spreadsheet, or database management, to develop reports, statistical data, text, and graphics.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from a senior employee.
E. I am considered by others to be an expert in this task, I have trained others to do this task, and/or I am consulted by others on how to perform this task.

21. Summarize the factual situation, the basis of the complaint, legal issues presented, and relevant case law.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from a senior employee.
E. I am considered by others to be an expert in this task, I have trained others to do this task, and/or I am consulted by others on how to perform this task.

22. Provide information and assistance concerning status of case or relevant procedural issues.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from a senior employee.
E. I am considered by others to be an expert in this task, I have trained others to do this task, and/or I am consulted by others on how to perform this task.

23. Perform extensive and thorough legal research, analyze, and summarize relevant legal precedents for applicability to assigned cases.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from a senior employee.
E. I am considered by others to be an expert in this task, I have trained others to do this task, and/or I am consulted by others on how to perform this task.

24. Provide information to the legal staff on a wide variety of pending issues in a face-to-face meeting environment.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from a senior employee.
E. I am considered by others to be an expert in this task, I have trained others to do this task, and/or I am consulted by others on how to perform this task.

25. Advise attorneys and support staff on preparation, presentation, and maintenance of various legal documents, e.g., discovery letters, exhibit lists, jury instructions, and trial subpoenas.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from a senior employee.
E. I am considered by others to be an expert in this task, I have trained others to do this task, and/or I am consulted by others on how to perform this task.

26. Give advice, counsel, or instruction to individual employees on both work and administrative matters.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from a senior employee.
E. I am considered by others to be an expert in this task, I have trained others to do this task, and/or I am consulted by others on how to perform this task.

27. Use the Immigration Court Practice Manual.

A. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B. I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
D. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from a senior employee.
E. I am considered by others to be an expert in this task, I have trained others to do this task, and/or I am consulted by others on how to perform this task.

Applicants who have permanently held a position with promotion potential equivalent to GS-12 or higher in the competitive service can be referred for selection without competition under our agency merit promotion procedures. Details and temporary promotions do not count. Your responses to the following questions will be used to determine whether or not you can be categorized as a non-competitive eligible. If you are referred non-competitively based on your responses and that information is later found to be incorrect, you may lose further consideration under this announcement.

28. Have you ever held (or do you currently hold) a competitive service position on a permanent basis in the federal government with promotion potential equivalent to GS-12 or higher?

A. Yes
B. No

If you chose response A in the previous question, provide the position's title, pay plan, series and grade level (or pay band). Also include the promotion potential, and the dates (MM/DD/YY to MM/DD/YY) you held this position.
Example: Management Analyst, GS-0343-11 with promotion potential to GS-12 held from 10/12/2004 to 6/05/2005.

29. If you are a federal employee, is your most recent performance rating equivalent to a "pass," "satisfactory," or better?

A. Yes
B. No
C. I am a Federal employee but have not received a performance rating.
D. Not applicable. I am not a Federal employee.

If you are not a current federal employee, please provide the names and telephone numbers of three professional references who know your qualifications relative to this position and who we can contact to verify your credentials. Do not list personal friends or relatives.