Paralegal Specialist (MLAT)


Vacancy ID: 859168   Announcement Number: 13-CAN-859168-DE   USAJOBS Control Number: 339772800

Occupational/Assessment Questions:

Thank you for your interest in a position with the Department of Justice (DOJ). Your response to this assessment questionnaire, in conjunction with other portions of your completed application, will be evaluated in making screening decisions.

This is a DOJ job application system. Your responses in this Assessment Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your responses. Deliberate attempts to falsify information will be grounds for disqualifying you or for dismissing you from employment following acceptance. Please review your responses for accuracy before you submit this application. Incomplete/incorrect responses may result in you not receiving appropriate consideration.

For each of the following two questions, please select the response that best describes your education and/or experience. You may select only one response for each question. If you feel that your education or experience exceeds all of the descriptions for a particular question, choose the description that is the closest level to the experience or education that you possess. Failure to respond to these questions will result in an ineligible rating.

1. From the descriptions below, select the ONE response that BEST describes the education and/or experience that you possess that demonstrates your ability to perform as a GS-9 Paralegal Specialist

A. I have at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in Federal service. My qualifying experience involved performing the following types of duties: providing specialized legal support services conducting mutual legal assistance treaty (MLAT) investigations; analyzing foreign treaty requests; preparing search warrants or legal memorandum for presentation to US magistrate judges; providing a variety of legal assistance and technical work pertaining to the processes, procedures and practices to support legal activities; compiling substantive information on legal subjects; analyzing and evaluating legal decisions and case files to identify relevant issues and potential evidence; and conducting legal research concerning precedents and past court decisions.

B. I have two full years of progressively higher level graduate education or master's degree in a related field (e.g., criminal justice, law) or an equivalent graduate degree such as an LL.B. or J.D.;

C. I have a combination of specialized experience as described in A and education as described in B which when combined equal 100% of the requirements. A combination of experience and graduate level education can be used if, when combined, are equivalent to 100% of the qualification requirement. Only graduate level education in excess of the first two years can be used in this calculation. To calculate your percentage of graduate education, first determine the total number of graduate level hours that exceed 36 hours (or your school's definition of two years of graduate study), then divide the total number of your excess graduate semester hours by 18 (or your school's definition of one year of graduate study). To calculate your percentage of specialized experience, divide the 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 have the education or experience as described above.

2. From the descriptions below, select the ONE response that BEST describes the education and/or experience that you possess that demonstrates your ability to perform as a GS-11 Paralegal Specialist

A. I have at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in Federal service. My qualifying experience involved performing the following types of duties: providing complex paralegal support assignments relating to mutual legal assistance treaty (MLAT) investigations; analyzing foreign treaty requests; preparing search warrants or legal memorandum for presentation to US magistrate judges; performing legal research and writing in support of MLAT investigative requests, including research and analysis of statutes, legislative intent, judicial precedents, agency rules and regulations, and law review articles as they relate to assigned cases; utilizing a variety of automated legal research tools as well as public information databases and other automated resources; analyzing and evaluating legal decisions and case files to identify relevant issues and potential evidence; conducting legal research concerning precedents and past court decisions; composing legal briefs, summaries of analyses and decisions, and pre-trial documents; and preparing evidence and documents to support recommendations.

B. I have three full years of progressively higher level graduate education, Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a related field (e.g., criminal justice, law).

C. I have a combination of specialized experience as described in A and education as described in B which when combined equal 100% of the requirements. A combination of experience and graduate level education can be used if, when combined, are equivalent to 100% of the qualification requirement. Only graduate level education in excess of the first two years can be used in this calculation. To calculate your percentage of graduate education, first determine the total number of graduate level hours that exceed 36 hours (or your school's definition of two years of graduate study), then divide the total number of your excess graduate semester hours by 18 (or your school's definition of one year of graduate study). To calculate your percentage of specialized experience, divide the 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 have the education or experience as described above.

Identify the specific experience from your resume or cover letter that validates your response. Also list the name and contact information of someone who can verify your response.

3. I have worked with mutual legal assistance treaty (MLAT) requests.

A. Yes
B. No

4. I understand how a domestic criminal investigation proceeds

A. Yes
B. No

5. I am familiar with and have worked with the fundamental investigative tools (such as search warrants and court orders per 18 USC 2703(d)).

A. Yes
B. No

6. I have an understanding of the operations of foreign courts which includes how criminal cases progress through a civil law system.

A. Yes
B. No

For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. Please select only one letter for each item.

A- I have no experience in performing this work behavior.
B- I have limited experience in performing this work behavior. I have had exposure to this work behavior but would require additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform it at a proficient level.
C- I have experience performing this work behavior across routine or predictable situations with minimal supervision or guidance.
D- I have performed this work behavior independently across a wide range of situations. I have assisted others in carrying out this work behavior. I seek guidance in carrying out this work behavior only in unusually complex situations.
E- I am considered an expert in carrying out this work behavior. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this work behavior on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or superiors to carry out this work behavior in unusually complex situations.

7. Analyzing foreign treaty requests for sufficiency to present presentation to United States magistrate judges.

8. Ensuring documents conform to standards of courts or administrative bodies.

9. Reviewing foreign treaty requests for the existence of probable causes.

10. Researching and summarizing factual aspects of cases, analyzes reports, testimonies, interviews, and files.

11. Providing a variety of legal assistance and technical work which requires extensive familiarity with electronic communications products, including social media, from companies including Facebook Inc.; Google, Inc.; Yahoo!; MSN Hotmail; Twitter; MySpace; LinkedIn; Ebay; PayPal; and others.

12. Performing legal research in support of mutual legal assistance treaty (MLAT) investigative requests.

13. Providing immediate assistance to attorneys during hearings, proceedings, trials, and/or depositions.

14. Researching relevant laws, regulations, policies, standards, or procedures to address a criminal or civil case.

15. Performing investigative work to obtain information, gather evidence, or verify facts related to legal cases.

16. Utilizing litigation system, including court rules, processes, and procedures.

17. Utilizing automated litigation support processes.

18. Maintaining automated litigation support processes.

19. Utilizing common software applications, such as word processing, legal research tools, and presentation software (i.e. PowerPoint, Corel) to prepare presentations used during hearings, trials or other formal settings.

20. Createsing and maintaining computerized databases or information tracking systems.

21. Utilizing automated research tools to research case-or program specific legal matters.

22. Preparing search warrants or legal for presentation to United States magistrate judges.

23. Preparing legal pleadings to commence mutual legal assistance treaty requests for investigations.

24. Interpreting and communicating explaining relevant findings and conclusions using appropriate language, legal reasoning and organization of facts and ideas.

25. Utilizing legal case management or text analysis software applications to organize and prepare voluminous documents for mutual legal assistance treaty investigations.

As previously explained, your responses in this Assessment Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your responses. Deliberate attempts to falsify information will be grounds for disqualifying you or for dismissing you from employment following acceptance. Please take this opportunity to review your responses to ensure their accuracy. Incomplete/incorrect responses may result in you not receiving appropriate consideration.

26. If you fail to answer this question, you will be disqualified from consideration for this program.

I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, all of the information included in this questionnaire is true, correct, and provided in good faith. I understand that if I make an intentional false statement, or commit deception or fraud in this application and its supporting materials, or in any document or interview associated with the examination process, I may be fined or imprisoned (18 U.S.C. 1001); my eligibilities may be cancelled, I may be denied an appointment, or I may be removed and debarred from Federal service (5 C.F.R. part 731). I understand that any information I give may be investigated. I understand that I will not be considered for employment if I do not respond "Yes" to this certification item.

I understand a comprehensive background investigation, including a check of my credit history and a pre-employment drug screening, is required for this position.

A. Yes, I certify/understand the information provided above.
B. No, I do not certify/understand the information provided above.

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