Legal Assistant


Vacancy ID: 809202   Announcement Number: PH-13-HMB-809202   USAJOBS Control Number: 334202900

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1. Title of Job

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2. Biographic Data

3. E-Mail Address

4. Work Information

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5. Employment Availability

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6. Citizenship

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7. Background Information

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8. Other Information

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9. Languages

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10. Lowest Grade

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05

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

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

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001 Competitive (All U.S. Citizens)

21. Geographic Availability

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063260073 San Diego, CA

22. Transition Assistance Plan

23. Job Related Experience

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24. Personal Background Information

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25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

Thank you for your interest in a Legal Assistant position with the Department of Justice.
We will evaluate your resume and your responses to this Assessment Questionnaire to determine if you are among the best qualified for this position. Your responses are subject to verification. Please review your responses for accuracy before you submit your responses to this questionnaire.

1. From the descriptions below, select the letter that best describes the education or experience you have that demonstrates your ability to perform GS-04 Legal Assistant work.

A. I have at least one year of progressively responsible general experience doing clerical, office, or other work that indicates my ability to acquire the particular knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of this position.

B. I have completed 2 years of education above high school. (You must include a copy of your transcript(s).

C. I have some specialized experience as described in A, but less than one year; and I have more than one year but less than two years of education as described in B. I have computed the percentage of the requirements that I meet, and the total is at least 100%. (To compute the percentage, divide your total months of qualifying experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of education beyond the first year by 30. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify). You must include a copy of your transcript(s).
D. I do not possess the experience and/or education as described above.

2. From the descriptions below, select the letter that best describes the education or experience you have that demonstrates your ability to perform GS-05 Legal Assistant work.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-4 level; I have experience reviewing documents with legal implications for accuracy and completeness (e.g., court documents, real estate documents, contract, insurance or benefits claims, mortgage or loan applications, tax forms, or other types of legal documents); typing and formatting correspondence and forms; maintaining file systems; and obtaining needed information from files or general reference sources.

B. I have successfully completed 4 years of education above the high school level (in any field). My education was obtained from an accredited business, secretarial or technical school, junior college, college or university.
C. I have some specialized experience as described in A, but less than one year; and I have completed more than 60 semester hours but less than 4 years of education as described in B. I have computed the percentage of the requirements that I meet, and the total is at least 100%. (To compute the percentage, divide your total months of qualifying experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of education in excess of the second year by 60. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify).
D. I do not have the experience and/or education as described above.

3. Indicate your level of typing proficiency by choosing the appropriate statement from the list below.

A. I can type 40 or more words per minute (based on a five-minute sample with three or fewer errors.
B. I type less than 40 words per minute.

4. Indicate your skills in office automation by choosing the appropriate statement from the below options.

A. I have experience and/or training using word processing, database management, electronic spreadsheet, electronic mail, electronic calendar, and or other types of office automation software, for composing, drafting and finalizing documents, accessing files, formatting reports, tracking time and attendance, and/or creating directories and logs.

B. I do not have experience as described in "A" above.

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.

5. Maintain case files ensuring they contain sufficient information for staff members to administer
cases.

6. Organize and maintain law libraries, documents and case files.

7. Review legal document associated with Chapters 7, 11 and 13 cases.

8. Organize files for disposition or transfer into record depository in accordance with established procedures.

9. Verify citations are complete and consistent with sources material.

10. Obtain missing information from petitioners, the file or other sources.

11. Recommend conversion from Chapter 7 to Chapter 13 based on review of petitions and schedules.

12. Track filings, hearings and associated dates to schedule conferences and interviews.

13. Arrange travel by preparing itinerary and securing transportation and hotel reservations as required.

14. Develop suspense system for ongoing cases to inform staff of pending dates and deadlines

15. Use the automated case tracking system to open, update and close cases as required.

16. Use online legal resources to verity citation and statutory references contained in legal documents.

17. Search legal reference files for related information necessary to prepare correspondence.

18. Mail, fax, or arrange for delivery of legal correspondence to clients, witnesses, and court officials.

19. Assemble exhibits, affidavits, and other legal documents from file material.