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Student Trainee Legal

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Indianapolis, IN

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Customs & Border Protection (CBP): Securing America's Borders

Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

Discover a challenging and rewarding career with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the sole organization responsible for securing the nation's borders. At CBP, we:

Secure and facilitate trade and travel while enforcing hundreds of U.S. regulations, including immigration and drug laws

Screen passengers, vehicles, and shipments entering our country

Seize illegal narcotics, vehicles, and agricultural products

Prevent unauthorized entry into the country

Rescue individuals who fall into dangerous conditions traversing our border

For more information about CBP's mission, activities, and careers see

Who May Apply:

U.S. citizens who are pursuing a law degree from an accredited law school and will have completed one academic year at an accredited law school or J.D. degree program at the time of appointment


common definitions

of terms in this announcement.

Organizational Location:

This position is with the Department of Homeland Security, within U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of The Chief Counsel, located in Indianapolis, IN.

The Office of Chief Counsel would prefer for this to be a year-round position; in which the selectee would be willing to work full-time during the summer months and up to 20 hours a week during the school year.

GS Salary:


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to view the locality pay tables by geographic area. If you do not see your geographic area listed, select the Rest of United States pay table.


This position starts at a salary of $41,673 (GS-07, Step 1) to $54,174 (GS-07, Step 10).

In this student trainee position, you will become a key team member of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) administrative professionals. Typical work assignments include:

Research, analyze and advise CBP in writing on the legal merits of claims $10,000 or less submitted by claimants under a variety of laws, including but not limited to the Federal Tort Claims Act and Small Claims Act;

Conduct legal research including searching legal reference sources, legislative history, administrative materials, court decisions, and applicable laws and regulations to analyze specific cases such as: tort claims, contracts, and real property;

Assist in drafting legal memoranda and in drafting proposed positions on pending litigation or legislation affecting CBP's operations;

Assist attorneys in discovery and other phases of cases in active litigation; and

Serve a primary point of contact on assigned cases.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply

This job is open to…

U.S. citizens who are pursuing a law degree from an accredited law school and will have completed one academic year at an accredited law school or J.D. degree program at the time of appointment

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

Job family (Series)

0999 Legal Occupations Student Trainee



Conditions of Employment

You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position

Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with Selective Service

Primary U.S. residency for the last three years (additional details below)

You may be required to pass a background investigation and/or polygraph

You may be required to pass initial and random drug testing

Minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) 3.0

Positions are temporary, not-to-exceed one year and may be extended in one year increments at management's discretion if the student continues to meet the requirements of the Pathways Internship Program. This internship confers no right to permanent placement into the competitive service

Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirement:

Pathways students are required to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 for undergraduate studies or lower program, and a minimum GPA of 3.0 for a master's program or higher program.

A Pathways Participant Agreement will be required if you are selected for a position. This agreement must be signed by all applicable parties prior to entrance on duty.


Positions may be filled on both part-time and full-time basis.

Bargaining Unit:

This position is not in the bargaining unit.

Trial Period:

The entire period served under the Internship Program counts as the participant's trial period.


No conversion authorized


You qualify at the GS-07 level if you possess the following:

Completion of 1 full academic year of an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school or J.D. degree program at the time of appointment to the position.

One academic year of law school or a J.D. degree program is the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 academic year of study. This determination is made based on normal course loads for a full year of study in the law school or J.D. degree program. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 9 semester hours is considered ½ year, 18 semester hours or 3 quarters is considered as satisfying the 1 full year requirement.

You are not required to submit official

(unofficial transcripts are acceptable with school name listed)

documentation as part of your application package. However, if selected, you must provide the required official documentation prior to appointment.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

You must meet all qualification requirements, including education if applicable to this position, subject to verification at any stage of the application process by 01/17/2018.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

Background Investigation:

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is a federal law enforcement agency that requires all applicants to undergo a thorough background investigation prior to employment in order to promote the agency's core values of vigilance, service to country, and integrity. During the screening and/or background investigation process, you will be asked questions regarding any felony criminal convictions or current felony charges, the use of illegal drugs (e.g., marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD, methamphetamines, ecstasy), and the use of non-prescribed controlled substances including any experimentation, possession, sale, receipt, manufacture, cultivation, production, transfer, shipping, trafficking, or distribution of controlled substances. For more information visit

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If you are not currently a CBP employee, you must meet one or more of the following primary residency criteria for at least three years prior to applying to this announcement:

Resided in the United States or its protectorate or territories (excluding short trips abroad, such as vacations);

Worked for the United States government as an employee overseas in a federal or military capacity; or

Been a dependent of a United States federal or military employee serving overseas.

Exceptions may be granted if you provide complete state-side coverage information regarding participation in Study Abroad programs, overseas church missions, or state-side addresses of anyone who worked or studied with you overseas. You must provide information and related documentation at the time of application.

Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles:

If you have never worked for the Federal Government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible. Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found


. To be considered well qualified under CTAP/ICTAP, you must be placed in the Well-Qualified category for this position, as described above. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed in the Required Documents section of this announcement.


Please see the Qualifications and Required Documents sections for more information if education is applicable to this position.

Additional information

Disabled veteran leave

will be available to any Federal employee hired on or after November 5, 2016, who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.

CBP uses E-Verify, an internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about


including your rights and responsibilities.

Every individual receives a fair opportunity throughout the federal recruitment and hiring process. Learn more


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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your entire application package will then be reviewed. The final determination will be based on all the information provided in your application package.

Your resume and supporting documentation will be reviewed to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be referred in the following order after any DHS Priority Reemployment candidates:

Preference Status

1. Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 10 percent or more

2. Other 10-point preference eligibles

3. 5-point preference eligibles

4. Non-preference eligibles

For more information about veterans' preference visit

this link

If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. To preview the job questionnaire, see

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Required Documents

Required Documents

Your resume:

A resume describing your job-related qualifications is required and will be used for the purpose of reviewing your qualifications and determining what training, if any, would be required when placed. Your resume must be in English and must include your job titles and a detailed description of your duties and the dates you performed them (MM/DD/YY), as well as your hours per week for each position listed. Your resume should also contain your full name, address, phone number, email address, and salary. NOTE: Resumes stored on USAJOBS will not automatically carry over to this announcement. You must upload your resume and any other applicable supporting documentation.

Your responses to the job questionnaire:

Are you qualifying based on education?

Submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable at this time; however, official copies will be required prior to entrance on duty) or a list of coursework with hours completed. Education must be from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Education obtained from a foreign university or college is not creditable unless it has been evaluated by an organization that specializes in interpretation of education credentials. For a listing of accrediting agencies see

Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)?

You must submit a separation notice; your most recent SF-50 (noting your current position, grade level and duty location); a current (or last) performance rating of record of at least fully successful or equivalent; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; or a Military Department of National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.

Are you a veteran?

To apply veterans' preference you must submit the following proof of eligibility:

Five Point Preference: Member Copy 4 of your DD 214 reflecting qualifying medal(s) or service period;

Ten Point Preference: Member Copy 4 of your DD 214 and supporting documentation as listed on the

Standard Form 15

(application for 10 Point Veterans' Preference). Veterans with a service-connected disability must also submit a VA Disability Award letter dated 1991 or later; or

If you are currently serving on active duty, you must submit a written statement from the armed forces certifying your dates of service, rank, expected type of discharge, and anticipated date of separation. If you apply with a written statement at this stage, your preference will be verified by a Member Copy 4 of your DD 214 upon separation from the military.

For more information about veterans' preference visit

this link

Are you a current or former political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee?

Submit a copy of your applicable SF-50, along with a statement that provides the following information regarding your most recent political appointment:

Position title

Type of appointment (Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES, or Presidential Appointee)


Beginning and ending dates of appointment

Please upload your resume under Resume and any other applicable supporting documents mentioned above under Other documents. Other documents may not be applicable for each applicant, but should be utilized if you are submitting veterans documents for preference eligibility, transcripts for qualifications, etc.

It is your responsibility to verify that any information entered or uploaded is received and is accurate.

Human Resources will not modify or change any part of your application. If a document is not legible, you will not be able to view it in your application and you must again upload it by the closing date.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from

schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.



A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

Benefits for federal employees

Healthcare insurance

Pay and leave

Review our benefits

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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The Department of Homeland Security has a vital mission: to secure the nation from the many threats we face. This requires the dedication of more than 240,000 employees in jobs that range from aviation and border security to emergency response, from cybersecurity analyst to chemical facility inspector. Our duties are wide-ranging, but our goal is clear - keeping America safe.

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