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Paralegal Specialist

Closing date:
Washington, D.C.
(51, 52) $78,907–$133,640 See information on grades and base pay ranges
Who may apply:
Open to All US Citizens (Competitive service - Permanent), Open to status candidates (Competitive service - Permanent)


This position is located in the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection with two (2) vacancies, one in the Legal Division Front Office and one in the Litigation & Oversight office. The purpose of this position is to provide legal support on complex professional legal-related work connected with the work of the office.

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The following are the duties of this position at the CN-52 (Broadly equivalent to the GS-12). If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position.

  • Research legislation, regulations, and cases involving Federal consumer financial, administrative and general law. Perform legal research and analysis in support of staff attorneys. Search for legal precedents in computerized legal reference systems (Lexis Nexis, Lexis Advance, Westlaw, and/or Westlaw Next) and analyzes their applicability. Apply the results of this research to the specific problem or issue presented, and formulates a recommended course of action. Make recommendations to attorneys based on findings. Prepares summaries of research findings. Check legal citations.
  • Manage the Legal Division’s review of documents, including regulations, supervisory and enforcement documents, memos, reports, speeches, consumer education materials, and other documents (including but not limited to the “Clearance process”). Serve as the point-of-contact for the Legal Division for all Clearance process related matters. Reviews incoming documents and assigns to the appropriate subject matter expert(s) in the Legal Division. Review comments for consistency and consolidates comments from numerous reviewers, reconciling conflicting comments. Coordinate with stakeholders and ensures that documents are returned to the document owner in a timely manner, working under short deadlines. Obtain all necessary approvals. Maintain a tracking system of all reviewed documents and provides metrics on the Clearance process.
  • Gather, organize, and assemble legal documents requiring attachments, enclosures, and authorities in highly sensitive matters. Review documents for formatting, including Federal Register formatting, accuracy, conformance with procedural instructions, grammatical errors, and necessary redaction. Obtain necessary signatures and approvals, and dispatches completed work products. Ensure that documents are submitted on a timely basis.
  • Maintain assignment management, knowledge management, work tracking systems, and meeting agendas for work of the Legal Division. Maintain copies of frequently referenced agency directives, instructions, and resources, and accesses them electronically to provide to attorneys, as necessary. Develop administrative controls to measure and monitor the progress of the work of the office including maintaining a calendar of specific administrative deadlines. Support records management for the Office, coordinating with the Division lead for records management. Maintains the law library collection for the Office, coordinating with the Division lead for the law library. Work with attorneys to identify any resource or access deficiencies, makes recommendations on the acquisition of needed materials, and searches the catalogs and collections for items under consideration.

Travel Required

  • Occasional travel - Occasional Travel

Supervisory Status

  • No

Promotion Potential

  • 52

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Open to All US Citizens (Competitive service - Permanent)

Applications will be accepted from all U.S. citizens.

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Open to status candidates (Competitive service - Permanent)

Current Federal employees on career or career-conditional appointments and reinstatement eligible. Current federal employees on permanent competitive service appointments (including current CFPB employees on such appointments), or former federal employees with reinstatement eligibility; or ICTAP Eligibles; or Eligible under special hiring authorities (e.g., individuals with disabilities, covered by an interchange agreement, or Eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act). Current CFPB employee should check their appointment type before applying to an announcement.

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