The Attorney advises and assists Administrative Law Judges (ALJ) on complex legal issues and drafts legally sufficient ALJ decisions. Incumbent develops and implements legal strategies and reviews, analyzes, and develops cases. Incumbent also reviews Appeal Council remands and court orders to ensure adherence to policy and recommend appropriate action.
You will be rated on the extent and quality of your education and/or experience according to information provided in your application forms.
All Attorney positions in the Federal Government require Bar membership. Proof of membership in the Bar must indicate a current active membership. (No exceptions permitted to this requirement.)
To be rated eligible, you must meet one of the requirements described below:
Active Membership in the Bar, the writing sample as indicated below, plus one of the following:
- Fifty-two weeks of professional legal experience as a practicing attorney in which assignments involved complex and difficult legal questions requiring extensive research, analysis, and evaluation of information in controversial areas. Such experience must include: a) preparation of legal documents for filing by drafting complaints, orders to show cause, indictments, preliminary motions and supporting affidavits and briefs; b) drafting of pleading and motions for cases in litigation, conducting investigations to obtain facts, study of legal precedents and preparation of recommendations; and c) assisting attorneys in charge of court cases by cross-examining witnesses and drafting findings of facts, conclusions of law and orders based on the record (you must provide the dates of employment and the hours worked per week);
- A second professional law degree (LL.M.) which requires one full year of graduate study:
- The first professional law degree (LL.B. or JD) with a record that shows superior law student work or activities as demonstrated by one of the following (documentation is required at the time of application):
- Academic standing in the upper third of the law school graduating class;
- Work or achievement of significant contribution on the law school’s official law review (explain duties and hours devoted per week);
- Special high-level honors for academic excellence in law school, such as election to the Order of the Colf;
- Winning of a Moot Court competition or membership on the Moot Court team, which represents the law school in competition with other law schools;
- Full time or continuous participation in a legal aid program equivalent to 6 months of full time work (dates of employment and hours worked per week are required);
- Significant law office clerk experience while attending law school equivalent to 6 months of full time work (dates of employment and hours worked per week are required);
- Other equivalent evidence of superior achievement while in law school. For example, winning a national contest published by Board of Attorneys.
WRITING SAMPLE REQUIREMENT:
Submit a writing sample (i.e., a brief or other document containing a comparable level of legal analysis.) Writing samples will be judged on the basis of an applicant’s ability to analyze a legal problem and clearly and concisely articulate legal rationale.
Veterans Preference: If you are claiming veterans' preference, submit a copy of your military discharge certificate DD-214 (member 4 copy) or other proof of eligibility. To be acceptable, the document must show Character of Service. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference (SF 15) and the required documentation specified on the reverse of the SF 15. You will be granted preference as appropriate based on the documents we receive. For more information on veterans' preference, consult the Vet Guide on the OPM website at http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.htm.