Student Trainee (Legal) (Army Pathways Internship Program)
Department of the Army - Los Angeles, CA

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***THIS IS AN ARMY PATHWAYS INTERN PROGRAM TEMPORARY NTE 1 YEAR POSITION***

About the Position:
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Position will be filled under the Department of the Army Pathways Intern Program.

The Department of the Army Pathways Internship Program is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with opportunities to work in the Department of Army and explore Federal careers while still in school and while getting paid for the work performed.

To learn more about the Pathways Internship Program, please visit: http://www.opm.gov/HiringReform/Pathways/program/interns/ .

Employing Agency: US Army Engineer District, Los Angeles, Office of Counsel

About the location: This position is located in Los Angeles, CA.

Los Angeles is one of the world's centers of business, international trade, entertainment, culture, media, fashion, science, technology, and education. It is home to renowned institutions covering a broad range of professional and cultural fields, and is one of the most substantial economic engines within the United States. As the home base of Hollywood, it is known as the "Entertainment Capital of the World", leading the world in the creation of motion pictures, television production and recorded music. The importance of the entertainment business to the city has led many celebrities to call Los Angeles and its surrounding suburbs home. The Convention and Visitors Bureau web site at: www.lacity.org/

For more information about the Corps of Engineers, LA District visit our web site at: www.spl.usace.army.mil/ .

Who May Apply:

Department of the Army Internship Program Eligibles

Positions are open to:
  • Current students in an accredited high school, college (including 4-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges); professional, technical, vocational, and trade school; advanced degree programs; or other qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate.
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • Personnel security investigation required.
  • Must sign an Army Pathways Intern Participation Agreement if selected.

DUTIES: You will perform a variety of paraprofessional legal duties as a Pathways Intern in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District, Office of Counsel. Your duties are designed to provide you with both an understanding of the Department of Army legal program, policies, and regulation as well as implementing legislation and providing additional paraprofessional support. You will support the District Labor Counselor by conducting research; assisting in administrative investigations, arbitrations, and hearings; creating and maintaining legal and personnel databases; and coordinating schedules. You will also provide support to other attorneys by conducting legal and factual research for administrative hearings, for trial preparation, and case support. As a Pathways Intern, you will be responsible for legal support, preparation of administrative files, and case development. You will assist attorneys in a variety of paralegal duties in litigation and transactional matters, and research applicable statutes, regulations, operating procedures, and agency policy guidelines to assist attorneys with litigation and program requirements. Duties require utilizing Westlaw and/or Lexis to perform in-depth research of laws, legislative history, case law, judicial and administrative decisions, and Federal regulations.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. To be creditable, you must have 1 year of specialized experience directly related to this occupation equivalent to the GS-04 level in the Federal Government. This experience includes compiling data; obtaining documents; reviewing outgoing correspondence; assembling reports; handling of mail, telephone calls, and visitors. Applicants who have the 1 year of appropriate specialized experience are not required to have general experience, education above the high school level, or any additional specialized experience for this position.

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities) in the following areas:

· Ability to communicate in writing.

· Knowledge of legal principles and practices.

· Ability to apply legal support services.

A. 1 year of specialized experience directly related to this occupation equivalent to the GS-04 level in the Federal Government. This experience includes compiling data; obtaining documents; reviewing outgoing correspondence; assembling reports; handling of mail, telephone calls, and visitors.

Or

B. Successful completion of four years of education above the high school level in any field leading to a bachelor's degree or I have obtained a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. One year of full-time academic study is defined as 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours. (Please attach a copy of your transcripts to your application package under document type ‘Transcripts'.)

Or

C. I have some specialized experience as described in A, but less than one year; and I have more than 2 years, but less than 4 years of education as described in B. One year of full-time academic study is defined as 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours. 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 by 120. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100% to qualify). (Please attach a copy of your transcripts to your application package under document type ‘Transcripts').

Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at - http://www.opm.gov/qualifications and http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html

Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. Please include this information in your resume.

Other Requirements:
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Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.

You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.

Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.

This position is obligated.

This is an Army Pathways Intern Program Temporary NTE 1 Year Position.

Personnel security investigation required.

Must sign an Army Pathways Intern Participation Agreement if selected.

Applicants claiming veteran’s preference must clearly show an entitlement to such preference on the resume/supplemental data submitted.

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in employee organization, or other non-merit factors.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be reviewed to verify that you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements. Your responses to the q uestionnaire will be used to evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences. Only the most recently submitted resume will be considered.

Basis for Rating : Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of three quality categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified and Qualified. Veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category.

BENEFITS: The Department of Defense offers excellent benefits programs some of which may include:
  • Comprehensive health and life insurance
  • Competitive salaries
  • Generous retirement programs
  • Paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation time
  • Flexible work environment to include use of Telework and alternate work schedules
  • Paid employment related training and education
  • Possible student loan repayment
  • Payment of licenses, certification, and academic degrees as applicable
  • Bonuses, incentives, and awards as appropriate for the job.


  • OTHER INFORMATION: • The Department of Defense (DoD) policy on employment of annuitants will be used in determining eligibility of annuitants. The DoD policy is available at http://www.cpms.osd.mil/ASSETS/E8AB932EA1E44617BAC7222922E42A62/DoDl140025-V300.pdf.

    • In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e. retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8416(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD instructions 1400.25, Volume 300, at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives .)

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