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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Hiring Law Clerk To Help Them

Posted on: 25 Mar 2020 125 views
: Law Clerk
: Covington, Louisiana, United States
: $64,009 to

Open & closing dates: 03/04/2020 to 05/30/2020

Salary: $64,009 to $83,210 per year


This position is located in the Office of the Deputy Secretary, Office of Administrative Law Judges(ALJ), in Covington, LA.  This office is responsible for conducting adjudicatory hearings and issuing decisions for the Department of Labor under more than 70 different laws and executive orders. 

- This position is inside the bargaining unit.
- Additional selections may be made from this vacancy announcement.



CUTOFF dates are as follows:

  • MARCH 29, 2020
  • APRIL 30, 2020
  • MAY 30, 2020

ALJ conducts adjudicatory hearings and issues decisions for the Department of Labor under approximately 80 statutes and executive orders. These range from claims Involving Injuries under the Black Lung Benefits Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act; disputes arising under environmental and "whistleblower" acts, such as Sarbanes-Oxley, the Federal Railroad Safety Act, and the Surface Transportation Assistance Act; Wage and Hour acts, such as the Davis-Bacon, Service Contract, and Fair Labor Standards Acts; "green-card" and labor-certification disputes arising under the Immigration and Naturalization Act; and miscellaneous government contract and grant-program disputes.

Major duties for this position include but are not limited to, the following:

  • Conducting legal research and analyzing policies, regulations, case law, and opinions.
  • Draft proposed decisions for the Judge's review and approval which systematically cover all of the legal points in the case and the rationale and the reasoning for the decision.
  • Preparing cases for a hearing which require legal research and discussions of points of law to respond to motions or pleadings, to compel discovery.

    Developing and drafting case decisions.
  • Responding to inquiries from attorneys regarding procedures, case statuses, and points of law.


Conditions of Employment

  • 1.U.S. Citizenship. Must be at least 16 years of age.
  • 2.Requires a trial period if the requirement has not been met.
  • 3.Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.

Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements.  Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.


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

Applicants that are current law students who will graduate within three (3) months of this announcement closing are eligible to apply to the vacancy.
In addition to your transcripts applicants must also provide an unedited legal writing sample that is no more than ten (10) pages long with your application in order to receive further consideration.

Transcripts:  You must provide a copy of your law school transcript to be considered 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. Please note that your J.D. or LL. B degree must be conferred before you can begin working.

Appointments as a Law Clerk are limited to 14 months during which time the 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. Thereafter, the appointee may be converted to an Attorney-Advisor appointment with the possibility of an additional one-year extension.


 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.

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.

Required Documents

The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. 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, you will be required to submit documentation verifying that you have completed your first professional law degree. Applicants who claim substitution of education for experience with an LL.M must submit a copy of their transcripts for verification.

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. Applicants with disabilities (SCHEDULE A) applying under the area of consideration must submit proof of certification by counsellors, State vocational rehabilitation agencies or the Veterans Administration.

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.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, you must complete the initial online application, to include submission of the required documentation specified in the Required Documents section. 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. Click here for information on Reasonable Accommodations.

SAVE your information before the 30 MINUTE TIMEOUT! For help, go to

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 . For questions about the vacancy, contact the Agency Contact at the bottom of the announcement. 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 progress steps indicated by circles at the top of the DOL page. The 3rd progress step is where you answer the vacancy specific questions. The 4th progress step "Documents" is where you submit required documents (only if applicable to you) specified in the "Required Documents" section of this vacancy. If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.

STEP 4 – On the “Review and Submit” 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”.

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