Law Clerk (Legal Honors Intern)

Job #: 20-HUD-2454-X Salary: $64,660 - $101,503 Yearly
Description:
Summary
This position is located in the Office of General Counsel (OGC). There are 10 vacancies open that can be filled in the following locations:
  • Boston, MA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Kansas City, KS
  • New York, NY
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Seattle, WA
  • Washington, DC

Note: When applying, please ONLY select up to 3 locations that you are interested in on a permanent basis. You will not be able to change locations if converted to a permanent appointment.

Responsibilities
Legal Honors Program

  • HUD’s Legal Honors Program is designed for law students graduating from J.D. and LLM programs, and recent law school graduates completing a judicial clerkship. The Legal Honors Program is HUD’s only hiring program for entry-level attorneys.
  • Legal Honors are assigned either to Headquarters or a Regional Office. During the program, all Legal Honors are given the opportunity to complete rotations across OGC functions and within other Federal agencies if elected. Rotations may include: Assisted Housing, Community Development, Fair Housing, Insured Housing, Legislations and Regulations, Litigation, Mortgage Backed Securities, Personnel and Ethics, Procurement Law, Program Enforcement, and Real Estate and transactional work. Legal Honors will receive their permanent work placement upon successful completion of the 14-month appointment and bar admission. Legal Honors are assigned mentors, receive training, and participate in monthly discussions to enhance their experience and professional development. The target position upon conversion is a GS-12 Trial Attorney or Attorney Advisor with a full performance level of GS-14.
  • The program is highly competitive and candidates are selected on the basis of merit. Selection considerations include many factors such as: academic achievement; law review and other publication work; extracurricular activities such as moot court competitions and legal clinics; employment history; and participation in activities related to HUD’s mission.
  • Additional information regarding the legal honors law clerk program can be found at: https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/general_counsel/legalhonorsprogram

As a Law Clerk (Legal Honors Intern), you will:
  • Prepare and handle both affirmative and defensive litigation cases involving all programs and participates with private attorneys in handling cases involving HUD funded activities.
  • Participate in matters affecting HUD programs and administration in the regional office, field office or HUD Headquarters jurisdiction and exercises clear and precise judgment and discretion in formulating responses to legal issues with the assistance of the senior level attorney
  • Prepare all pleadings, motions, briefs, and memorandum of law to be filed in cases. As appropriate, these documents are reviewed by a senior level attorney.
  • Perform legal research and prepare memoranda of law based upon the products of his or her research.
  • Conducts discovery, including examination or cross-examination of witnesses by deposition.
  • Handle necessary programmatic transactional work related to real estate and housing.
  • Provide advice and guidance on legal issues that arise in connection with the program responsibilities of the Department.

Travel Required
Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
11

Requirements
Conditions of Employment

U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals
This position is located in the Office of General Counsel (OGC). OGC is the chief legal officer of the Department, the principal legal adviser to the Secretary and staff of HUD, and the head of the Departmental Enforcement Center. OGC provides legal opinions, advice, and services with respect to all Departmental programs and activities, and assists in the development of HUD programs and policies. OGC also provides functional legal counsel on defensive and affirmative litigation and the development of legislation and regulations.

The Legal Honors Program will begin in September 2021. If selected, you MUST be able to start work and report for duty on or before August 30, 2021.

Candidates will be selected for a job assigned to one of the official duty stations listed in this announcement. Failure to report to duty at the location for which the candidate is selected may be grounds for a disciplinary action, including removal.

Qualifications
Law Clerk Program GS-11: To be considered for the Law Clerk Program, applicants MUST meet the following criteria:
  • Third-year law students who will earn their J.D. by June 2021; OR
  • Graduate law (LL.M) students in their last year of study who will graduate by June 2021; OR
  • A law school graduate holding a current judicial law clerk position whose clerkship ends no later than September 2021.
  • AND
  • Must NOT have been admitted to the bar of any State, District of Columbia, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or territories of the United States.
  • AND
  • Applicants must have an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 based on a scale of 4.0 or Academic standing in the upper 1/3 of the law school graduating class.
  • AND
  • Only United States citizens can be admitted to the Law Clerk Program, and each person selected for the program must undergo a complete security/background investigation and be granted a security clearance.

Education
  • Third-year law students who will earn their J.D. by June 2021; OR
  • Graduate law (LL.M) students in their last year of study who will graduate by June 2021; OR
  • A law school graduate holding a current judicial law clerk position whose clerkship ends no later than September 2021.

For positions with an education requirement, you MUST submit a copy of your transcripts. The transcript must be submitted with the law school’s grading system explanation attached. An official transcript will be required if you are selected. If you are a 3rd year law student, , please ensure your transcript includes final semester grades through Spring 2020. If you are a graduate law (LL.M) student in your last year of study, you must submit a copy of your JD and LLM transcript.

Kindly refer to the below link for a detailed description of the job - https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/581386200


Closing Date: 2nd November, 2020
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