Paralegal Specialist


Vacancy ID: 802103   Announcement Number: ATR-12-22   USAJOBS Control Number: 333134800

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Vacancy Identification Number

The Vacancy Identification Number is: 802103


1. Title of Job

Paralegal Specialist


2. Biographic Data

3. E-Mail Address

4. Work Information

5. Employment Availability

The following six questions will be used to determine your status with the Federal government and how we process your application. If you do not meet one of the following five Other Employment questions, leave the section blank. If you meet one of the statements you must support your answer with the appropriate documentation at the time of application. Veterans must provide a copy of their DD-214, current and former civil service employees must provide a copy of their last SF-50 that shows their type of appointment and career status. Answer all questions that apply.


Are you are currently a permanent (nontemporary) civilian competitive service employee in a Federal agency?


Are you a former civilian Federal employee who achieved career status in the competitive service? (Generally, this means you have served three years on a permanent career-conditional appointment in the competitive service of the Federal government.)


Are you a former civilian Federal employee who served on a career-conditional appointment and you were separated less than three years ago without achieving career status in the competitive service?


Are you eligible for a noncompetitive appointment to the Federal government under authorities for the severely disabled; certain Vietnam era and disabled veterans; returned volunteer from the Peace Corps or Vista, etc.?


Are you currently in or have you previously held a permanent Federal position at the same grade level, with the same or higher promotion potential as this vacancy?


I am a status candidate and I also want to be considered under the competitive process.


6. Citizenship

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

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8. Other Information

9. Languages

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10. Lowest Grade

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11. Miscellaneous Information

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12. Special Knowledge

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13. Test Location

14. Veteran Preference Claim

15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

16. Availability Date

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17. Service Computation Date

18. Other Date Information

19. Job Preference

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20. Occupational Specialties

The occupational specialty will be selected for you if there is only one, otherwise, select/enter at least one occupational specialty code for this position. The specialty code for this position is:


001 Paralegal Specialist

21. Geographic Availability

The geographic location code will be selected for you if there is only one, otherwise, select/enter at least one geographic location in which you are intrested and will accept employment. The location code for this position is:


99MTRO012 Washington DC Metro Area, DC

22. Transition Assistance Plan

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. From the description below, select the one that best describes your experience and/or education to meet the Minimum Qualification requirements for the Paralegal Specialist, GS-950-11.

A. I have at least one year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level. Specialized experience may include: Analyzes and evaluates case files; notes and corrects case file deficiencies (e.g., missing documents, inconsistent material, leads not investigated) before sending the case on to the trial attorney; reviews and analyzes available precedents to cases under consideration for use in presenting case summaries to trial attorneys; gathers, sorts, classifies, and interprets data to discover patterns of possible questionable activity; interviews potential witnesses to gather information; takes depositions; testifies in court concerning relevant data; trains junior paralegals or other legal support staff.
B. I have a Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related.
C. I have a combination of specialized experience and education to meet the total experience requirement.
D. I do not meet the minimum qualifications for this position.

For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. Darken the oval corresponding to that statement in Section 25 of the Qualifications and Availability Form C. Please select only one letter for each item.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
C- I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D- I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
E- I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.

2. Create computerized databases to maintain routine functions of a case management system.

3. Perform legal research in support of attorney cases using various computerized databases (e.g. Westlaw, Lexis Nexis, Summation, etc).

4. Perform legal research in support of attorney cases using various case management databases (e.g. Quattro Pro, Excel, Panadox, MS Access, etc).

5. Maintain computer database records and materials received for use in trials.

6. Write legal memoranda, research reports and correspondence in support of attorney cases.

7. Prepare written summarized testimony and depositions.

8. Prepare summaries of interviews for courtroom use.

9. Coordinate with personnel in preparation for trial.

10. Exchange various case information with other government agency officials during the course of an investigation where mutual interests are involved.

11. Interview witnesses to elicit sensitive information.

12. Maintain custody of subpoenaed documents.

13. Assemble exhibits used as evidence at a trial.