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Chief Counsel Honors Program, Tax Exempt & Government Entities Department The candidate will be expected to remain with the Office of Chief Counsel for a period of three years, unless released from employment commitment. This is due in part to recognize the significant amount of time and money that the Office of Chief Counsel invests in training new attorneys to become proficient in the law. The first year of your three-year commitment is part of a trial period during which may resign without requesting a release.
Qualification and Experience
Third-year students and graduating Tax LLM students who have less than one year of post-JD legal work experience. Candidate should have superior academic qualifications or experience relevant to the work of Chief Counsel. Appointments are made at GS-11, Step 8 for JD applicants, and at GS-12, Step 4 for LLM applicants. Positions are available in offices nationwide and are subject to a three-year commitment. For JDs: Top 25% class rank required (if school does not provide class rank information allowing us to determine if a student is in the top 25%, such as individual class rank or honors for students in a certain percentage of the class, at the time a selection is made, then a minimum GPA of 3.4 is required; if the school does not provide class rank or GPA at the time a selection is made, a minimum LSAT of 160 is required) or For Tax LLMs (including JD/LLMs) who have completed any LLM coursework: Must satisfy the JD class rank requirement above or have a minimum GPA of 3.3 in the LLM program (if the LLM program does not provide GPAs, a minimum LSAT of 160 is required); Must attend an ABA accredited law school. Evidence of background or experience in the position to be filled, such as taking relevant law school classes (e.g., tax law, bankruptcy/debtor creditor law, administrative law) or relevant legal or tax experience (e.g., tax legal experience) or relevant tax volunteer experience (e.g., VITA, Tax Clinic); Work or achievement in the law school's law review or other recognized law journal; Special high-level recognition for academic excellence in law school, such as selection to Order of the Coif or receipt of the American Jurisprudence Award in related courses; or top grades in related course work (e.g., â€œAâ€ grades in tax courses); Winning a moot court or mock trial competition or membership on a moot court or mock trial team. Candidate in law school, about to graduate, or are newly graduated, may be eligible to apply to the Summer Legal Program. Interviews are regularly conducted on campus primarily in the fall at law schools throughout the country. Application packages are accepted primarily in the fall for Honors positions.
Send resume (please include GPA and class rank, if available), law school transcript (unofficial copy is fine), a 5 to 10 page writing sample, a completed Office of Chief Counsel Application (Form 6524) - only required when applying for paid positions, an
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