Paralegal Specialist


Vacancy ID: 844078   Announcement Number: PH-13-JP-844078   USAJOBS Control Number: 337977800

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1. Title of Job

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2. Biographic Data

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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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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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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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99MTRO012 Washington DC Metro Area, DC

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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 Paralegal Specialist 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 this questionnaire.

1. From the descriptions below, select the letter that describes the education or experience you have that demonstrates your ability to perform GS-09, Paralegal Specialist work.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal service, or comparable experience conducting legal research, interviews, investigations and analysis sufficient to perform recurring case development and documentation assignments which are typically covered by established precedents.
B. I have completed two full years of progressively higher-level graduate education or have a master's or equivalent degree in law, paralegal studies, or a closely related field that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to do the work of a Paralegal Specialist.
C. I have a combination of experience as described under letter 'A' above and graduate education as described under letter 'B' above which, when combined, is equivalent to 100% of the qualification requirement. (Only graduate education in excess of the first full year may be used in this calculation). To calculate your percentage of graduate education, divide the total number of graduate hours that exceed the first year by 18. To calculate your percentage of qualifying experience, divide your total number of months of qualifying experience by 12. Now, add the two percentages together. The sum of the percentages must equal at least 100%.
D. I do not possess the education and/or experience as described 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.

2. Verify citations and legal references on prepared legal documents under the guidance of the attorney to whom assigned.

3. Investigate cases or other legal issues to become thoroughly familiar with the details involved.

4. Review relevant articles in trade magazines, law reviews, published studies, financial reports, etc.

5. Analyze testimony and depositions on assigned subject matter and prepare summaries of testimony.

6. Analyze assigned documents for supportive evidence, reformatting and redacting documents as needed.

7. Apply knowledge of pre-trial and trial preparation procedures as needed. 

8. Handle correspondence between client agencies, attorneys and opposing counsel as needed.

9. Prepare draft reports and memoranda for use by attorneys in preparation of opinions, briefs, and other legal documents.

10. Draft pleadings, motions, briefs and other papers in cases being handled by the office.

11. Prepare interview reports for review by the attorney to whom assigned.

12. Draft, write and edit non-legal memoranda and research reports.

13. Advise attorneys on the progress made in securing supportive case data.

14. Conduct interview of potential witnesses and others as a source of information to support the office's litigated activities.

15. Maintain contacts on continuing bases with people outside the organization, such as officers of the courts and witnesses.

16. Use knowledge of computer information systems to administer an automated case management system, including data input and maintenance, data retrieval, and system enhancements.

17. Organize large document collections in databases and on spreadsheets.

18. Perform basic factual research using a variety of web-based sources.

19. Identify rules, principles, or relationships that explain facts, data, or other information.

20. Participate in pre-trial witness conferences in order to note additional matters to investigate prior to trial.

21. Analyze information and makes correct inferences or draws accurate conclusion.