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Grade: 11

In order to basically qualify for this position, applicants must meet one of the following requirements: a) possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; OR b) possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade in the Federal service; OR c) possess a combination of education and specialized experience to equal 100% of the qualification requirement.
1 Select the response that best describes your experience, education, or combination of education and experience as it relates to the basic qualification requirements for this position: Answer to this question is required
  • I have at least one year of specialized experience that has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-9 grade level in the Federal service as described in the job announcement.
  • I have completed 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education OR possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.
  • I have a combination of graduate level education beyond the first 2 years of progressive graduate study and specialized experience that together meet 100% of the qualification requirements for this position.
  • I do not meet any of the requirements described above.
2 Do you possess once year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal service as a paralegal/legal assistant providing all aspects of litigation support, litigations in federal district court, or federal appeals courts to include maintaining files, preparing exhibits, preparing correspondence, drafting legal pleadings, working with court rules and procedures to calculate deadlines and assure legal document compliance with such rules, proofreading and cite-checking briefs and motions, and filing legal documents with federal courts. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
3 Which of the following courts and administrative bodies do you have experience in providing legal/litigation support? Check all that apply. Answer to this question is required
  • Federal Appeals Court, (in any State or U.S. territory)
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Administrative Law Judge
  • USPTO Patent and/or Trademark Boards
  • Federal District Court
  • I do not have experience in any of the above
4 Which of the following litigation and legal support duties have you performed? Check all that apply. Answer to this question is required
  • I have calculated deadlines using the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure or Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure
  • I have referred to federal court rules to ensure filings comply with them and are in proper form prior to submission to the court
  • I have used the Bluebook or other citation authority to cite check briefs and other legal memoranda
  • I have prepared and maintained case exhibits.
  • I have provided support at trials hearings
  • I have managed and maintained legal files and records.
  • I have not performed any of the above litigation and legal support duties.
5 Please indicate the response(s) that describes the type of legal documents you have drafted? Answer to this question is required
  • I have drafted pleadings such as complaints and answers
  • I have drafted motions
  • I have drafted declarations
  • I have drafted discovery documents such as notices of deposition, discovery requests (i.e., interrogatories, request for admissions, request for production of documents), and discovery responses.
  • I have created table of contents and table of authorities for document.
  • I have prepared administrative records.
  • I have drafted summaries and reports of legal case information.
  • I have drafted correspondence to clients, courts, and/or opposing counsel
  • None of the above.
6 Please select the type(s) of motion(s) and court action(s) you have experience with: Answer to this question is required
  • Summary judgments.
  • Amendments to cases.
  • Abandonments of cases or withdrawals of proceedings or applications.
  • Motions to dismiss.
  • Suspension Orders.
  • Motions to compel.
  • Stipulated motions dismissing proceedings.
  • Withdrawals of proceedings.
  • Default judgment orders.
  • Orders to show why inter partes cases should not be dismissed.
  • Withdrawals of attorney.
  • Other orders disposing of cases.
  • None of the above.
7 Please select the types of tools you have experience utilizing as a research resource: Answer to this question is required
  • Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
  • Federal Rules of Evidence
  • Legal encyclopedias
  • Legal websites (i.e.
  • Shepard's Citation Service
  • LexisNexis
  • WestLaw
  • PC Tram
  • Code of Federal Regulations
  • None of the above.
8 Which of the following describes your experience in performing legal research on intellectual property cases? Answer to this question is required
  • I have retrieved legal materials from online databases.
  • I have used USPTO online databases to obtain information regarding pending or issued patents or trademarks.
  • I have experience “Cite checking” legal sources.
  • I have assembled and compiled information and legal reference materials as requested in case preparation.
  • I have verified the reliability of cited legal authority.
  • I have independently researched and evaluated the relevance of materials to a particular legal issue, located precedents, and provided summaries of the research results to attorneys.
  • I have researched relevant intellectual property laws, regulations, and case precedents to obtain materials requested by staff attorneys.
  • I have evaluated and identified legal precedents for which no specific law existed.
  • I have not performed any of the above.
9 Which of the following bests describes your ability to provide case management litigation support? Answer to this question is required
  • I have utilized a computerized docket control system to enter actions, update case deadlines, and run reports
  • I have utilized electronic Discovery software (e Discovery)
  • I have maintained manual case files through an indexing system to manage and control documents.
  • I have utilized electronic databases to manage and maintain case files and documents
  • I have used federal court electronic filing systems to submit documents directly to federal courts.
  • I have not performed case management or maintained an electronic case file system.
10 Please indicate the statement(s) that describe your experience in assisting attorneys in case preparation. Answer to this question is required
  • Managed multiple litigation dockets
  • Maintained extensive and voluminous case files.
  • Compiled case or administrative records
  • Organized documents
  • Calculated due dates based on Federal and court rules and generating ticklers.
  • Prepared legal documents for filing and filed documents
  • Prepared production documents in response to discovery requests.
  • Prepared exhibits for briefs and/or trial
  • Determined specific information needed and the best approach to obtain it
  • Prepared summaries of legal and case information.
  • Verified the accuracy of data and reconciled errors or inconsistencies
  • Provided assistance by maintaining and organizing exhibits, locating case notes, and making copies
  • None of the Above

Grade: All Grades

1 Have you held a political appointment within the previous five-year period? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No