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Grade: 12

Basic Requirements: Applicants must (1) be a graduate of an accredited law school with an LL.B. or J.D.; (2) be a current member of a bar with a valid license to practice law in a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; and (3) meet all specialized experience requirements as described in the vacancy announcement.
Specialized experience for the GS-12 is defined as:
- Litigation experience, such as experience drafting complaints or other pleadings, drafting motions, or conducting or responding to discovery; AND
- Experience providing legal advice to clients, supervisors, and team members on various matters; AND
- Legal research and writing skills and experience giving oral presentations on legal matters.
Requirements for meeting the GS-12 specialized experience:

First professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.), plus two (2) years of professional legal experience at least one of which must be at a level of difficulty comparable to the GS-11 in the federal service.

OR

Second professional law degree (LL.M.), plus one (1) year of professional legal experience at a level of difficulty comparable to the GS-11.

OR

Superior law student work (academic standing in the upper 1/3 of the law school graduating class, high-level honors for academic excellence in law school, winning of a moot court competition with other law schools, significant work or achievement on the schools official law review, significant summer clerkship or other evidence of clearly superior achievement) plus one (1) year of professional legal experience which must be at a level of difficulty comparable to the GS-11 level in the Federal service.
1 Select the choice that best describes how you meet the requirements for the GS-12. Answer to this question is required
  • I have a professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.), plus two (2) years of professional legal experience at least one of which must be at a level of difficulty comparable to the GS-11 in the federal service.
  • I have a second professional law degree (LL.M.), plus one (1) year professional legal experience at a level of difficulty comparable to the GS-11 level in the Federal service.
  • I have superior law student work (academic standing in the upper 1/3 of the law school graduating class, high-level honors for academic excellence in law school, winning of a moot court competition with other law schools, significant work or achievement on the schools official law review, significant summer clerkship or other evidence of clearly superior achievement) plus one (1) year of professional legal experience which must be at a level of difficulty comparable to the GS-11 level in the Federal service.
  • I do not meet the specialized experience requirements for this position as described above.

Grade: 13

Basic Requirements: Applicants must (1) be a graduate of an accredited law school with an LL.B. or J.D.; (2) be a current member of a bar with a valid license to practice law in a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; and (3) meet all specialized experience requirements as described in the vacancy announcement.
Specialized experience for the GS-13 is defined as:
- Litigation experience, such as experience drafting complaints or other pleadings, drafting substantive motions (e.g., motion to dismiss, motion for summary judgment, or motion in limine), or conducting or responding to discovery, engaging in oral advocacy, or representing a client at a substantive hearing or trial; AND
- Experience providing legal advice to a high-level client; AND
- Experience conducting complex legal research and writing memoranda including discussing facts and legal authority, and providing legal recommendations or conclusions;
Requirements for meeting the GS-13 specialized experience:

First professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.), plus three (3) years of professional legal experience one of which must be at a level of difficulty comparable to the GS-12.

OR

Second professional law degree (LL.M.), plus two (2) years of professional legal experience at least one year of which must be at a level of difficulty comparable to the GS-12.

OR

Superior law student work (academic standing in the upper 1/3 of the law school graduating class, high-level honors for academic excellence in law school, winning of a moot court competition with other law schools, significant work or achievement on the schools official law review, significant summer clerkship or other evidence of clearly superior achievement) plus two (2) years of professional legal experience, at least one year of which must be at a level of difficulty comparable to GS-12.
1 Select the choice that best describes how you meet the requirements for the GS-13 Answer to this question is required
  • I have a professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.), plus three (3) years of professional legal experience, at least one of which must be at a level of difficulty comparable to the GS-12 in the federal service.
  • I have a second professional law degree (LL.M.), plus two (2) years professional legal experience, at least one year of which must be at a level of difficulty comparable to GS-12.
  • I have superior law student work (academic standing in the upper 1/3 of the law school graduating class, high-level honors for academic excellence in law school, winning of a moot court competition with other law schools, significant work or achievement on the schools official law review, significant summer clerkship or other evidence of clearly superior achievement) plus two (2) years of professional legal experience, at least one year of which must be at a level of difficulty comparable to GS-12.
  • I do not meet the specialized experience requirements for this position as described above.

Grade: 14

Basic Requirements: Applicants must (1) be a graduate of an accredited law school with an LL.B. or J.D.; (2) be a current member of a bar with a valid license to practice law in a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; and (3) meet all specialized experience requirements as described in the vacancy announcement.
Specialized experience for the GS-14 is defined as:
- Litigation experience, including experience drafting complaints or other pleadings, drafting substantive motions (e.g., motion to dismiss, motion for summary judgment, or motion in limine), or conducting and responding to discovery, or taking depositions, or engaging in oral advocacy, or representing a client at a substantive hearing or trial; AND
- Experience providing legal advice to a high-level client on a wide range of complex legal issues; AND
- Experience conducting complex legal research and writing memoranda on novel and complex issues, including discussing facts and legal authority, and providing legal recommendations or conclusions; AND
- Experience obtaining successful outcomes for clients, such as favorable judgments or settlements.
Requirements for meeting the GS-14 specialized experience:

First professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.), plus four (4) years of professional legal experience at least one of which must be at a level of difficulty comparable to the GS-13.

OR

Second professional law degree (LL.M.), plus three (3) years of professional legal experience at least one year of which must be at a level of difficulty comparable to the GS-13

OR

Superior law student work (academic standing in the upper 1/3 of the law school graduating class, high-level honors for academic excellence in law school, winning of a moot court competition with other law schools, significant work or achievement on the schools official law review, significant summer clerkship or other evidence of clearly superior achievement) plus three (3) years of professional legal experience, at least one year of which must be at a level of difficulty comparable to GS-13.
1 Select the choice that best describes how you meet the requirements for the GS-14. Answer to this question is required
  • I have a professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.), plus four (4) years of professional legal experience, at least one of which must be at a level of difficulty comparable to the GS-13 in the federal service.
  • I have a second professional law degree (LL.M.), plus three (3) years professional legal experience, at least one year of which must be at a level of difficulty comparable to GS-13.
  • I have superior law student work (academic standing in the upper 1/3 of the law school graduating class, high-level honors for academic excellence in law school, winning of a moot court competition with other law schools, significant work or achievement on the schools official law review, significant summer clerkship or other evidence of clearly superior achievement) plus three (3) years of professional legal experience, at least one year of which must be at a level of difficulty comparable to GS-13.
  • I do not meet the specialized experience requirements for this position as described above.

Grade: All Grades

1 Are you currently serving or have you served in the last five years in a Political Appointment in the Federal Government? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    1.1 Please list the title, agency, and dates of this appointment. Please note you will be required to meet OPM Approval of your appointment, if selected. Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • No
Basic Requirements: Applicants must (1) be a graduate of an accredited law school with an LL.B. or J.D.; (2) be a current member of a bar with a valid license to practice law in a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; and (3) meet all specialized experience requirements as described in the vacancy announcement.
2 Are you a graduate of an accredited law school with a LL.B. or J.D. degree? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
3 Do you have a current membership in the bar of the highest court of a State, Territory, the District of Columbia or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No