The Attorney Advisor serves as a member of the Immigration Court team composed of judicial law clerks, paralegals, and other professional and support staff in one or more Immigration Courts. The Attorney Advisor performs professional, legal analysis work in the review of case files for proper legal procedure, admissibility of evidence and merits of the case, as well as other legal concerns of the Immigration Judges and/or Assistant Chief Immigration Judges.
Duties include but are not limited to the following:
Researches and interprets legal issues arising under the immigration and nationality laws.
Provides technical assistance to the Immigration Judge in preparation for hearings, drafting findings of fact, conclusions of law, and orders based upon evidence submitted.
Identifies factual, procedural and substantive issues and drafts properly supported legal orders and decisions.
Examines formal filings for legal sufficiency and reviews submissions from respondents, representatives, and attorneys to ensure procedural requirements are met.
Drafts memoranda summarizing the facts of each case reviewed.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S.
Citizen or National.
You must complete a background investigation, credit check, and drug test.
Selective Service Registration is required, as applicable.
A two year trial period will be required.
May be required to file a Financial Disclosure.
Salary payments must be by direct deposit to a financial institution.
This is an Excepted Service position; additional positions may be filled from this announcement.
Moving and relocation expenses are not authorized.
In order to qualify for the Attorney Advisor position, you must meet the following minimum qualifications:
Must possess a LLB or Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree.
Must be a U.S. citizen.
Must be an active member of the bar in good standing, duly licensed and authorized to practice law as an attorney under the laws of a U.S. state, territory, Puerto Rico, or the District of Columbia. (You must include your date of admission to the bar in your resume.)
Must possess at least 2 years of post J.D. professional legal experience to qualify for the GS-13 grade level. Examples of qualifying experience are as follows: 1) demonstrating a thorough knowledge of the Immigration and Nationality Act, related statutes, corresponding regulations, precedent decisions; 2) locating, interpreting, and applying law; 3) coordinating and integrating work activities of several different projects.
In addition to the minimum qualification requirements, applicant must submit a writing sample which demonstrates their ability to author legal documents (not to exceed 10 pages).
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).
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ARE YOU USING EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? Education must be accredited by an accredited institution recognized by the U.S.
Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Applicants can verify accreditation by clicking . All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. (Note: If you are selected for this position based on education, an official transcript will be required, prior to your first day.) You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
Special Instructions for Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in accredited U.S. education programs; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, click .
Translated transcripts are required.
Conditions of Employment: Only U.S.
Citizens or Nationals are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review. Dual citizens of the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All DOJ applicants, both U.S. citizens and non-citizens, whose job location is with the U.S., must meet the residency requirement. For a total of three (not necessarily consecutive years) of the five years immediately prior to applying for a position, the applicant must have: 1) resided in the U.S., 2) worked for the U.S. overseas in a Federal or military capacity; or 3) been a dependent of a Federal or military employee serving oversees.
If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an .
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
If it is determined that you meet the minimum qualification requirement, your application will be identified for referral to the hiring manager for further review and consideration. There is no formal rating system for applying veteran's preference to attorney appointments in the excepted services; however, the Department of Justice considers veteran's preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veteran's preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g. the DD214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions.
Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10- point preference must submit Standard From SF-15, Application for 10- Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, for a copy of the SF-15, which list the types of 10- point preferences and the required supporting document (s). Applicants should note that SF-15 requires supporting documentation associated with service-connected disabilities or receipt of non-service connected disabilities pensions to be date 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch or Armed Forces showing that his or her retirement was due to permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retirement list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more.)
You will be rated based on the following knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs) or competencies:
Legal, Government and Jurisprudence
In order to be rated as meeting the minimum qualifications, we must be able to determine from your application package that you have the education and/or specialized or general experience that is required. Applicants who have qualifying experience performed on less than a full-time basis must specify the percentage and length of time spent in performance of such duties.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package by the closing date of this announcement, which includes:
1.Your Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional
2.A complete Assessment Questionnaire
3.Writing Sample (Not to exceed ten (10) pages)
Note: Please ensure that your resume contains your full name, address, phone number, employment information such as: Employer name and location; From and to dates (or from date to present for current position), which include the month and year for each description of experience, with grade level held, if applicable, education, training etc.
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 .
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.
This job originated on . For the full announcement and to apply, visit . Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.
Executive Office For Immigration Review