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Want to try a legal career? Check out this paralegal position with the US Department of Labor


Job Title: Student Trainee (Paralegal Specialist)

Department: Department Of Labor

Agency: Office of the Solicitor

Job Announcement Number: DE-13-SOL-03

SALARY RANGE: $42,209.00 to $54,875.00 / Per Year
OPEN PERIOD: Thursday, June 06, 2013 to Sunday, July 07, 2013
SERIES & GRADE: GS-0999-07


DUTY LOCATIONS: 1 vacancy in the following location(s):
District Of Columbia County, DC, USView Map
20210View Map
WHO MAY APPLY: Eligible students from qualifying educational institutions.   Refer to Qualifications section for more information.


Opportunities are Open! Begin a challenging career with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and you will help shape the workforce of tomorrow. DOL offers rewarding opportunities to contribute to a noble mission; to serve and protect American workers, prepare them for new and better jobs, and to ensure the safety and fairness of American workplaces.

This position is located in the Division of Federal Employees’ and Energy Workers’ Compensation, (FEEWC), which is one of the national Office divisions in the Office if the Solicitor. The Division is responsible for providing legal services to the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) in connection with workers’ compensation claims under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program (EEOICPA),the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA), and related statues. The division also provides legal services to all agencies of the Department in connection with the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), Military Personnel and Civilian Employee Compensation Act (MPCECA), and related statues.



  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • US Citizen or Non-Citizen as allowed by law.
  • Must be at least 16 years of age.


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Incumbent serves as a paralegal specialist in the Subrogation Unit and is responsible for his or her own personal case load of subrogation matters. The Subrogation Unit is responsible for thousands of cases referred to FEEWC by OWCP in order to determine whether FECA claimants should be required to seek damages from third parties potentially liable for FECA-covered injuries and illnesses and for monitoring any litigation seeking such damages.

Incumbents make initial case analysis to determine that sufficient evidence exists to indicate third-party liability involving the injury or death of a Federal employee or other covered beneficiary. Incumbent also determines advisability of instituting proceedings against a third party given both the past and projected future expenditures of Government funds and the probable cost of securing a recovery.

Incumbent provides assistance in the development of the third-party claim by offering assistance to private attorneys and employees, providing copies of relevant documents from the employee’s OWCP case file, and by explaining obligations imposed by the subrogation provisions of the FECA. For employees who are negotiating settlements without the assistance of a private attorney, incumbent advises employees of the applicable statute of limitations to their cause of action as well as how to present a claim. Incumbent also counsels employees to seek private counsel, if deemed appropriate.

Incumbent drafts a variety of legal correspondence concerning application of the subrogation provisions of the FECA and the calculation of the Government‘s statutory right of reimbursement for disbursements made in accordance with the provisions of the FECA.


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Must be currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment on at least a half-time basis at a qualifying educational institution, for the purpose of obtaining a diploma, degree, or certificate.

To be eligible for appointment, current students must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Appointee must maintain such grade point average throughout the duration of the internship.

Appointee must sign a DOL Pathways Intern Program Participant Agreement.

Non-U.S. citizens may be eligible for appointment, provided that they meet an exception to certain legal restrictions. Appointee must be a U.S. citizen in order to be converted to a permanent position in the competitive service upon completion of the internship.

The entire duration of the internship constitutes a trial period.

To qualify for a GS-7 position applicants must be currently enrolled in an academic program at an accredited university and have one (1) full year of graduate level education or superior academic achievement.


To be eligible for appointment, you must be currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment on at least a half-time basis at a qualifying educational institution, for the purpose of obtaining a diploma, degree, or certificate. Current students must have a grade-point average of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. If appointed, you must maintain such grade point average throughout the duration of the internship. You must submit with your application a current academic transcript and/or other official documentation from your academic institution demonstrating your eligibility for appointment. See the ?Required Documents? section of this announcement.

In addition, if you wish to use your education as a basis for meeting the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must submit academic transcripts demonstrating that you meet the qualifying educational requirements. If specific course work is required to fulfill the minimum qualification requirements, you must supply transcripts from each academic institution in which the required courses were taken in order to receive credit for that course work. See the ?Qualifications and Evaluations? section of this announcement for more details.

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 must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the “Required Documents” section for additional requirements.


Applicants meeting the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements will be referred for selection without ranking, in accordance with applicable reemployment priority and/or veterans’ preference requirements.

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). Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments (ex. interview, panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.).
To preview questions please click here.


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Part-Time employees under permanent appointments are eligible, on a prorated basis, for the same benefits as full-time employees. For more information, click Benefits for Part-Time Permanent Employees.


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.



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Follow the 5 steps below to apply online to a Department of Labor (DOL) vacancy. Your application and ALL required supplemental documents must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on the vacancy closing date to be considered. Paper applications and supplemental documents submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the vacancy contact will not be considered. For more details, reference How To Apply Detailed Instructions. For help, refer to the Vacancy Contact on the announcement in the “Questions about this job” section. Save your information before the 60 MINUTE TIMEOUT or risk losing your information! STEP 1 – Create USAJOBS Account, including Resume and Saved Documents It is essential that your resume provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions. If your responses are not adequately substantiated by your resume, the HRO will amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency that is indicated by the content of your resume. STEP 2 – Answer Vacancy Questions (DOORS) Click the Apply Online button, which is available when you search for a job on, click on the title and proceed. STEP 3 – Submit Supplemental Documents Submit the required documents (only if applicable to you) specified in the “Required Documents” section of this vacancy by the close date. For details: click How to Submit Supplemental Documentation. If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission. To avoid this, submit documents (ex. undergraduate and graduate degree transcripts) as one document. STEP 4 – Review Application and click Finish Click here to submit an updated resume after initial application. STEP 5 – Edit Application as needed by 11:59 pm ET of Close Date


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. You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you. Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.

Proof of Enrollment: Academic transcript or other official documentation from the educational institution proving your status as a student who is currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment on at least a half-time basis at a qualifying educational institution. See “Qualifications” and “Evaluations.”

Qualifications: Academic transcripts sufficient to demonstrate that you meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, as described in this announcement, where you are seeking to qualify based on education. See “Qualifications” and “Evaluations.”

Veterans Documents (if applicable): To be considered as a 5-point preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty. To claim 10-point preference, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran’s Preference, SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating 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 preference. For more information, go to:

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

Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship, and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.


Crystal Hart
Phone: 202-693-5284
Fax: 000-000-0000

Agency Information:
Labor, Office of the Solicitor
200 Constitution Ave., NW
Rm. N2419
Washington, DC
Fax: 000-000-0000


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.

To check the status of your application: Click here. To sign up for Application Status Updates via email: Click Here.


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