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* 1.I understand submission of supporting documentation, e.g., transcripts, DD 214, SF-50, may be required for this position. I also understand that my application will not be considered if the required supporting documentation is not submitted or is not submitted in accordance with the time frames indicated in the announcement.
  1. True
  2. False


* 2.Select the option that best reflects how you first became aware of this position.
  1. At a college job fair or professional organizational event
  2. Referral from a professional organization
  3. College placement office
  4. Referral from a state or local agency
  5. OPM 's USAJOBS job board
  6. Internet job board (other than USAJOBS)
  7. Magazine or newspaper advertisement
  8. Referral from another Federal agency or Federal employee
  9. Other


* 3.Choose one answer that best describes your education and/or experience as it pertains to the basic requirements for this position.
  1. I have one full year (52 weeks) or more of specialized experience equivalent in responsibility and scope to the GS-9 level as described below.
  2. I possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.
  3. I possess 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.
  4. I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.


Required specialized experience at the GS-9 is defined as experience processing large document productions and utilization of electronic litigation support systems and experience supporting attorneys and other professionals in the preparation and conduct of depositions, hearings, trials or other trial-type proceedings.

* 4.Select the statement that describes your writing experience as a paralegal working on investigations or litigations.
  1. I have significant experience writing cover letters or emails transmitting documents outside of my law firm or government agency.
  2. I have significant experience writing summaries of deposition transcripts to be reviewed by attorneys on the investigation or litigation team.
  3. I have significant experience writing internal memoranda, to be reviewed by attorneys on the investigation or litigation team, summarizing the factual record of an investigation or litigation (e.g., creating a summary of documents reviewed or a timeline of events).
  4. None of the above.


* 5.I have significant experience participating in litigation team meetings, in which I have provided oral updates to multiple attorneys on the status of my paralegal assignments.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 6.Choose the statement that most accurately describes your experience assisting attorneys in drafting pleadings, discovery requests and discovery responses.
  1. I have not had the education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or a senior employee.
  5. This task have been a central or major park of my work. I have performed it routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 7.I have experience using the following computer databases or programs as a paralegal on an investigation or litigation team.
  1. LexisNexis or Westlaw
  2. Concordance
  3. Microsoft SharePoint
  4. Any other litigation database program used to organize and search through large document productions.
  5. A document management system used for organizing internal documents, memoranda, briefs, letters, etc.
  6. None of the above


* 8.I have assisted attorneys by performing legal-related research in the following area(s):
  1. Case law
  2. Federal statutes
  3. Federal regulations
  4. Administrative agency decisions, tariffs, or other legal orders
  5. Other areas not listed above
  6. None of the above


* 9.Which of the following best reflects your experience assisting attorneys with compiling, organizing and indexing evidentiary exhibits and/or case files:
  1. I have had education or training in assisting attorneys with compiling, organizing and indexing evidentiary exhibits and/or case files, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  2. I have experience assisting attorneys with compiling, organizing and indexing evidentiary exhibits and/or case files, but with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  3. I have experience assisting attorneys with compiling, organizing and indexing evidentiary exhibits and/or case files, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  4. Assisting attorneys with compiling, organizing and indexing evidentiary exhibits and/or case files have been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it routinely and trained others in performance of this task and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
  5. None of the above.


* 10.I have significant experience reviewing briefs or other documents to be filed in court to determine whether the legal sources (e.g., statutes, regulations, cases, orders) have been cited accurately and in proper BlueBook format.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 11.I have significant experience reviewing briefs or other documents to be filed in court to determine whether the factual materials discussed in the brief (e.g., deposition transcripts, company-produced documents, public records) have been cited and quoted accurately.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 12.Which of the following best reflects your knowledge and experience related to assisting attorneys in working with rules of civil and/or administrative procedure in filing briefs or other legal documents.
  1. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  2. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  3. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  4. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and have trained others in performance of this task and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
  5. None of the above.


* 13.Select the statements that describe your experience as a paralegal on a complex investigation or litigation team.
  1. I have been the primary paralegal on large, document-intensive, complex matters, in which I have been responsible for all paralegal-related tasks.
  2. I have helped attorneys prepare for depositions, including helping to identify, locate, and organize documents to be used at the depositions.
  3. I have been a member of a trial team in which I assisted the attorneys (with paralegal-related tasks) during the trial.
  4. I have significant experience reviewing documents in connection with discovery requests (either reviewing my client's documents in preparation for responding to discovery requests or reviewing documents produced in response to discovery requests).
  5. I have significant experience e-filing briefs in court or administrative agencies.
  6. I have experience discussing documents production matters with law firm employees (attorney or paralegals) who represent companies or individuals my law firm or government agency is investigating or litigating against.
  7. None of the above.


* 14.I am comfortable being assigned as a lead paralegal on a large, complex, important, and high-profile investigation or litigation, in which attorneys will look to me to handle all paralegal-related aspects of the matter.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 15.I have extensive experience ensuring that dockets, client records, correspondence, and other files are maintained comprehensively, accurately, and efficiently.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 16.Which of the following best reflects your knowledge and experience relating to using a document management system such as Concordance, Summation, Ringtail, CaseLogistix or any other document management system used for organizing documents, memoranda, briefs, letters, etc.?
  1. I have had education or training in using a document management system, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  2. I have used a document management system on the job and can tag documents and conduct searches in a document management system with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  3. I have used a document management system on the job and can tag documents and conduct searches in a document management system independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I am a certified software administrator and can upload document productions into a document management system independently and can tag documents and conduct searches in a document management system independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I am a certified software administrator and can upload document productions into a document management system independently and I am a certified software trainer and can train others in the use of a document management system, including training on tagging documents and conducting searches in that document management system.
  6. None of the above.






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