Honor Law Graduate Program - Legal Intern GG-11/12 (FPL GG-14)

Duties

Summary

 

Each year, the NRC selects a small number of graduating law students or judicial law clerks to serve in the Office of the General Counsel's (OGC's) Honor Law Graduate Program (HLGP). Established in 1972, the HLGP is the primary mechanism for hiring entry-level attorneys at the NRC.  As an Honor Law Graduate, you will serve in a two-year program consisting of rotational assignments through different OGC divisions in order to gain broad exposure to the diverse legal practice at the NRC.

Responsibilities

 

The Honor Law Graduate Program allows you to collaborate with seasoned attorneys and work independently on a variety of assignments, such as the following:

  • participating in administrative litigation involving activities and facilities licensed by the NRC
  • reviewing environmental impact statements with technical staff
  • drafting proposed regulations for new or revised safety standards
  • assisting in the review and litigation of employment law matters, government contract matters, fiscal law, and security issues
  • working with the Solicitor in researching and preparing briefs for submission to the federal courts of appeals

 

Travel Required

Occasional travel - There is occasional travel associated with OGC attorney positions. The amount of travel depends on the type of work you are performing. Attorneys involved with litigation and hearings typically need to travel more often.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • These are drug testing positions.
  • Background investigation leading to a clearance is required for new hires.
  • U.S. Citizenship Required

 

You must meet the qualifications for this position by no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement and before placement in the position.

 

Qualifications

In order to qualify for the Honor Law Graduate Program, you must meet the following qualification criteria:

You must apply for only ONE grade, either GG-11 OR GG-12. Please read below to determine the grade at which you would qualify based on your education and experience:

GG-11:

1. a third-year law student (3L) at an American Bar Association-accredited law school who will earn a J.D. degree no later than June of the academic year of application; or

- a graduate of an American Bar Association-accredited law school who will earn an LL.M. degree no later than June of the academic year of application; and

2. Be in at least the upper thirty percent (30%) of your law school class and/or have an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least a 3.25 based on a scale of 4.0. NOTE: If your law school does not calculate class rank, and also does not provide traditional grades or a GPA, you should include a link to the school’s grading policy and should provide a narrative explanation of how your law school performance correlates with our requirements.

Specialized experience, including educational experience, in nuclear energy law, NRC practice, environmental law, government contracts, employment law, labor relations, information law, federal administrative procedure, or regulatory law. 
 
GG-12:

1. a J.D. degree; or

- an LL.M. degree; and

- a current judicial law clerk with a minimum of one year of judicial law clerk experience within 30 calendar days of the closing date of the vacancy announcement; and 

2. Be in at least the upper thirty percent (30%) of your law school class and/or have an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.25 based on a scale of 4.0.  NOTE: If your law school does not calculate class rank, and also does not provide traditional grades or a GPA, you should include a link to the school’s grading policy and should provide a narrative explanation of how your law school performance correlates with our requirements.

Specialized experience, including educational experience, in nuclear energy law, NRC practice, environmental law, government contracts, employment law, labor relations, information law, federal administrative procedure, or regulatory law. 
 
Admission to the Bar is not a prerequisite to applying and being considered for the Honor Law Graduate Program, but is expected during the first year of NRC employment. Recent law school graduates who join the NRC before bar examination results are available will provide evidence of Bar admission as soon as possible after admission.  Selectees who are not admitted to the Bar will not be promoted to the GG-12 level.  Those not admitted to the Bar within two years may be separated from the NRC.
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The ideal candidate for this position will be able to demonstrate the following:

- Experience in nuclear energy law, NRC practice, environmental law, government contracts, employment law, labor relations, information law, federal administrative procedure, or regulatory law.  

- Ability to perform legal analysis and communicate the results of that analysis orally and in writing (evidenced by relevant employment experience or internships, academic achievement, or extracurricular law school activities).

- Ability to perform legal analysis and communicate the results of that analysis in writing as evidence by an unedited writing sample.

Education

 

You must possess a professional law degree acquired through graduation from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association no later than June of the academic year of application.

Required Documents

 

Send the supplemental information by uploading all required documents with your application. All supplemental documents can now be collected electronically and should be submitted before the closing date of this vacancy announcement. You have three choices for submitting your supplemental documents: 1. Use the "USAJobs" feature to download documents from your USAJobs portfolio; or 2. use the "Upload" feature to upload documents directly from your computer. The following types of documents can be uploaded: .gif, .jpeg, .png, .rtf, .pfg, and .doc; or 3. use the "Fax" feature to print the Fax Cover Sheet and fax it, along with your supplemental documents to 1-571-258-4052.

List of supplemental material that may be applicable: 1. SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" - If you are a current/reinstatement eligible Federal employee with status (Tenure Group 1 or 2).  You will be considered under our merit promotion procedures and must submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) to verify competitive status or reinstatement eligibility.  If you do not have federal work experience you will not need to submit an SF-50. 2. DD-214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty" -If you wish to be considered for Veteran's Preference. 3. SF-15, "Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference", plus the proof required by that form - If you are a disabled veteran.  You can find additional information about Veterans' Preference at http://www.fedshirevets.gov/. 4. Transcripts - Transcripts can be unofficial but must include the applicant's current academic standing and GPA. All transcripts pertaining to the grade level for which you are applying are required for verification purposes. Please do not have your school send your official transcript separately from your application—an official transcript will be requested if you are selected.  If you received your degree from a foreign educational institution, it is your responsibility to submit verification of accreditation. PLEASE NOTE: Your supplemental information MUST be received electronically and uploaded online through USAjobs.com. If you fail to submit the required documentation, you will not receive consideration for this position. 

If you are a federal employee you are required to submit your most recent Rating of Record (Performance Appraisal) or a statement saying that one is not available.

Benefits

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. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

 

 As an NRC employee you will enjoy excellent Federal Benefits, including: comprehensive health and life insurance plans; Flexible Spending Account Program for health and dependent care; Long Term Care Insurance; Dental and Vision Insurance; retirement savings and investment plan similar to 401(k)  (Thrift Savings Plan); annual (vacation) and paid sick leave; family friendly leave policies; 10 paid holidays per year; and transit benefits.  This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:  https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/benefits/.

How to Apply

 

Your application (resume and required documents) for this vacancy must be received online via the USAJOBS application system BEFORE midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete online application, including required documents, you will not be considered for this position. Paper applications will not be accepted unless hardship circumstances can be demonstrated.  Requests for extensions will not be granted. If applying online poses a hardship to any applicant, the Human Resources Specialist listed on the announcement will provide assistance to ensure that applications are submitted online by the closing date. Applicants must contact the Human Resources Specialist BEFORE the closing date to speak to someone who can provide assistance for online submission. You will be rated based on your application materials and information provided in your resume. Breadth, recency, and length of experience in the field; training, awards, and commendations; past and current performance; and community or outside professional activities will be considered as provided in your resume and required documentation.

The NRC requires that applicants submit resumes built using the USAJOBS Resume Builder tool. The Resume Builder tool is activated upon selecting "Build New Resume" under the "Resumes" section of your USAJOBS account.

SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTATION: If you are a current/reinstatement eligible Federal employee with status (Tenure Group 1 or 2), you will be considered under our merit promotion procedures and must submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) to verify competitive status or reinstatement eligibility. If you are a Veteran claiming 5-point Veterans' Preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other proof of eligibility. If you are a Veteran claiming 10-point Veterans' Preference, you must submit a SF-15, Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference, plus the proof required by that form. You can find additional information about Veterans' Preference at http://www.fedshirevets.gov/. ALL supplemental material must be included with your application at the time that you submit it. See required documents below.

A complete application must include the following materials:

  • cover letter
  • resume
  • list of three references, including at least one academic and one professional reference (include with your cover letter upload or on your resume).
  • copy of your law school transcript and an explanation of your school's grading system, if necessary (Please do not have your school send your official transcript separately from your application—an official transcript will be requested if you are selected)
  • list of your fall semester courses and intended spring semester courses, if they are not already included on your transcript
  • sample of your legal writing, no longer than 10 pages, that is unedited by anyone else (portions of longer writing samples may require separate written introductions to provide context)
  • If you are a federal employee, your most recent rating of record, or a statement saying that one is not available.  

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

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.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

 

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.