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"EX-19-HRC-ECAB-002" Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Labor, Office of Secretary of Labor
Position Title:
Law Clerk
Open Period:
10/02/2018 - 09/16/2019


GS - 0904 11
USD $68,036 - USD $88,450
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Full-time
Promotion Potential:
Promotion Potential Explanation:
This position is at the Full Promotion Potential (FPL).
Duty Location(s):
Few Vacancies in

District of Columbia, DC, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Tonya Y. Harrison


Hiring Path:
• Excepted service
• Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
U.S. Citizens; CTAP eligibles in the local commuting area; Non-Citizens as allowed by law.  This is an Excepted Service position.  This job will be filled through an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service.  .
Security Clearance Required:
Appointment Type
Term appt, NTE 13 mos
Appointment Type Details:
Term Appointment Not-To-Exceed 14 months.
About the Agency

This position is located in the Department of Labor, Office of the Secretary of Labor, and serves as a Law Clerk for the Employees’ Compensation Appeals Board.  The Board is an independent quasi-judicial body with exclusive authority to consider and decide appeals within its area of jurisdiction.

- This position is inside the bargaining unit



Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
Not Required


THIS IS AN OPEN CONTINOUS ANNOUCEMENT WITH AN INITIAL CUTOFF DATE OF 10/15/2018 Note: Cut dates may be scheduled on any date greater than or equal to today's date. On the day after each cut off date, new applicants will be added and updates will be merged to a new staging area or to the existing open staging area, depending on the staging area option selected for that cut date. All applicants who applied on or before the cut date will be included in the new or updated staging area.

  • October 15, 2018

  • November 15, 2018

  • December 14, 2018

  • January 15, 2019

  • February 15, 2019

  • March 15, 2019

  • April 15, 2019

  • May 15, 2019

  • June 14, 2019

  • August 15, 2019

This program is available to recent law students who: (1) Will graduate between May 2018 and May 2019; or (2) Are current Judicial Law Clerks whose clerkship will conclude prior to October 1, 2019


Reviewing legal pleadings, medical evidence, hearing transcripts, and other materials in conjunction with the facts and law of each case;

Preparing a large volume of high-quality draft decisions and orders following an examination of case records in FECA claims;

Proof-reading all written materials for accuracy of factual findings, legal citations and conclusions of law;

Conducting legal research on questions arising from states, regulations, decisions, legislative history, policy guides, and other legal authorities; and

Providing assistance to the Board by preparing updates, regarding recent decisions of the Board and statures, regulations, and policy guides. 


Qualifications and Evaluations


Appointee must be a U.S. citizen in order to be eligible for conversion to a permanent position in the competitive service upon completion of the program.

Key Requirements:
  • U.S. Citizenship. Must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Additional positions may be filled through this vacancy announcement.
  • Requires a trial period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Education Requirements:
     A  LL.B or J.D. is a requirement for this position.   If you do not submit sufficient academic documentation necessary to demonstrate that you meet the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements described in this announcement, your application will be deemed incomplete and you will be ineligible for further consideration for this vacancy.

    College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education - The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from unauthorized secondary schools or post-secondary institutions that are not accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Department of Education.  Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position.   Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.
    Applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements for this position will be further evaluated against the following evaluation factors.  Current and/or past supervisors may be contacted unless specified otherwise.  A panel and/or the selecting official or his/her designee may interview applicants.

    Evaluation Factors:  

    1.  Demonstrated skill in researching and preparing well-written, organized and persuasive legal documents.
    2.  Ability to make effective oral presentations in a clear and concise manner.
    3.  Ability to establish and maintain effective liaison with  agency staff.
    4.  Ability to multi-task in a complex and fast-paced inter-disciplinary legal environment.

    It is the responsibility of the applicant to supply sufficient information to provide a basis for rating each of the evaluation factors listed above.

    Individuals who meet eligibility requirements for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. Be sure to review DOL Account Eligibility/Core Questions #23 and 26 to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP/CTAP eligible and submit supporting documentation.

    The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview).

    Minimum Qualification Requirement: This position requires completion of a first professional law degree (LL.B or J.D.)

    Transcripts:  Should you be selected for this position, verification of your academic degree(s) is necessary to determine your qualifications or eligibility for this position, you will be required to submit an official transcripts for verification purposes before you are hired. However, unofficial transcripts may be submitted during the application phase of the process.

    Appointments as a Law Clerk are limited to 14 months during which time appointee must be admitted in good standing to the bar of a court of general jurisdiction of a state, territory or possession of the United States and may be appointed to a term appointment as an Attorney-Advisor.

    Applicants should possess significant academic achievement(i.e., GPA of 3.5 or higher) and/or legal or programmatic work experience as described in a least one of the areas below:

    • Graduated with academic honors

    • High Academic Achievement (graduated top 25% of class)

    • Law Journal or other relevant writing experience

    • Moot court completion, legal aid, or legal clinic experience

    • Judicial Law Clerk experience

    • Significant summer law office clerk experience


    Benefits and Other Info

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    Other Information:

    The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

    The Department of Labor does not make unfavorable hiring decisions on the basis of an applicant's previous or current unemployment, or the fact that an applicant has experienced financial difficulty through no fault of his/her own and has undertaken good faith efforts to meet his/her financial obligations. Consideration is given to financial status in relation to appointments only where required by law, regulation, or Executive Order.




    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    Follow the steps below to apply.  Your application and ALL required supplemental documents MUST  be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on the vacancy closing date to receive consideration.  Paper applications and supplemental documents submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the vacancy contact will not be considered.

    SAVE your information before the 30 MINUTE TIMEOUT!  For help, click the “Agency Contact Information” link on the “Apply” page.  

    STEP 1 - Create USAJOBS Account on, including Resume and Saved Documents
    Your resume must provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions.  If not, HR may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the competency indicated by resume content.  FOR EACH EMPLOYMENT PERIOD, include: start/end month & year and note full-time or part-time (if part-time, include # of hours worked per week); otherwise, your application may be considered incomplete.

    STEP 2 - Complete the 1st part of the application process (USAJOBS)
    Once you have identified a job on  that you wish to apply for, click on the title and click the Apply button .  Click “Start Application” and proceed through 5 steps noted at the top of the USAJOBS page.  You will be able to select a resume and documents from your USAJOBS Account that you can submit as a package as part of your DOL application.  At Step 5, click “Continue to Agency Site”.

    STEP 3 – Complete the 2nd part of the application process (DOL)
    On the Department of Labor (DOL) page, create a DOL Account if you have not already and click “APPLY TO THIS VACANCY”.  Continue through the 7 Steps noted at the top of the DOL page.  The 3rd step is where you answer the vacancy specific questions.  The 4th step is where you submit required documents (only if applicable to you) specified in the "Required Documents" section of this vacancy .  Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.

    STEP 4 – On the “Application Review” step, click “Submit Application”
    The last “Confirmation” step will turn green noting that your application was submitted successfully.

    STEP 5 - Edit Application as needed by 11:59 pm ET of Closing Date by returning to USAJOBS, clicking the vacancy, then “Update Application”.
    Required Documents:
    The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Follow the instructions: click How To Submit Supplemental Documentation Document.  Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.
    You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you.

    - Transcripts:  Should you be selected for this position, verification of your academic degree(s) is necessary to determine your qualifications or eligibility for this position, you will be required to submit an official transcripts for verification purposes before you are hired. However, unofficial transcripts may be submitted during the application phase of the process.

    - Veterans Documents (if applicable):  
    Attorney appointments within the Department of Labor are positions in the excepted service, not the competitive service.  There is no formal rating system for applying veterans’ preference in attorney appointments; however, the Department of Labor considers veterans’ preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring.  In order to receive positive consideration, you must indicate your eligibility, in response to the appropriate item on the vacancy questionnaire.  Additionally, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD214 showing the type of discharge and dates of active duty and, if applicable, a VA letter certifying the present existence of the service-connected disability which indicates the percentage of your disability.  (For active duty service members expecting to be honorably discharged or released within 120 days, click Active Duty) Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's consideration.  Additional information is available in the Vet's Guide.

    You may also find more information on positive consideration for attorney hiring.

    - Displaced Employee Placement Documents:  These documents are only required if you are requesting priority consideration under ICTAP/CTAP Eligibility.

    - Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted.  

    Applicants selected for employment that are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship, or non-citizenship as allowable in Excepted Service hiring through P.L. 112-10, and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.
    Next Steps:
    Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and refer candidates for selection consideration.  Candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome.  A selection is expected to be made within 30 calendar days from the issuance date of the certificate.

    For instructions on how to check the status of your application, go to Step 7 on: Using DOORS and USAJOBS Help Guide.  To sign up for Application Status Updates via email: Click Here for instructions.