If selected, you will serve as a paralegal specialist providing support and assistance to the legal work being performed in a trial/litigation unit or as a paralegal supporting both litigation and investigative work.


  • Provides paralegal support for the trial attorneys in drafting and reviewing pleadings, motions, briefs and memoranda of law, depositions of witnesses, compilation of discovery documents, and in the conduct of trials. Compiles, assembles and indexes submittals to the courts. Prepares reports and correspondence relative to litigation matters.
  • Researches court rules in state and federal courts throughout the country where the Commission conducts litigation, as well as other agencies such as the Department of Justice, to ascertain the appropriate form, content, and due date of filings.
  • Assists in case preparation for litigations and analyzes facts and legal questions.
  • Receives and analyzes defense motions, researches pertinent legal issues, and prepares motions to be filed in federal court in connection with cases assigned to attorneys.
  • Provides legal research assistance on enforcement investigations.
  • Analyzes information obtained from case files, reports, and testimony regarding alleged or suspected violations of the federal securities laws.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a US Citizen.
  • Application procedures are specific to this vacancy announcement. Please read all the instructions carefully. Failure to follow the instructions may result in you not being considered for this position.
  • Supplementary vacancies may be filled in addition to the number stated in this announcement.
  • This position has promotion potential to the SK-12.
  • PROBATIONARY PERIOD: This appointment may require completion of a one-year probationary period.
  • SECURITY CLEARANCE: Entrance on duty is contingent upon completion of a pre-employment security investigation. Favorable results on a Background Investigation may be a condition of employment or selection to another position.
  • DRUG TESTING: This position may be subjected to drug testing requirements.
  • PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION (PCS): Moving/Relocation expenses are not authorized.
  • DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
  • This position is in the collective bargaining unit.
  • Due to COVID-19, the SEC is currently in an optional telework posture. This position is eligible to request telework in accordance with the SEC ‘s telework policy.


All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sector. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

SK-12: Applicant must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS/SK-11 level: Specialized Experience includes all of the following:
(1) researching laws;
(2) preparing legal documents and memoranda, managing investigative documents and case files;
(3) using application software and online legal research tools; and
(4) providing courtroom and pretrial litigation support that includes: preparing, analyzing, and processing legal documents, and utilizing electronic discovery and other electronic technologies to perform legal research or to assist at trial or other courtroom proceedings.

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