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Posted by: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Sep 27, 2018


Location:

Rockville, MD

Job Description:

Background

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proud to be ranked as a BEST Place to Work in the Federal Government. We've earned our top ratings by creating a work environment rich in opportunity, diversity, leadership training, teamwork, and work life balance. Help guide our nation into the next generation of nuclear safety! Begin a challenging career with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission where you can be part of a select group of professionals who protect people and the environment with the peaceful use of nuclear materials in medicine, industry and research.

Each year, the NRC selects a small number of graduating law students or judicial law clerks to serve in the OGC Honor Law Graduate Program (HLGP). Established in 1972, the HLGP is the primary mechanism for hiring entry-level attorneys at the NRC.

As an Honor Law Graduate, you will serve in a two-year program consisting of rotational assignments through different OGC divisions in order to gain broad exposure to the diverse legal practice at the NRC.

Duties

The Honor Law Graduate Program allows you to collaborate with seasoned attorneys and work independently on a variety of assignments, such as the following:
• participating in administrative litigation involving activities licensed by the NRC
• reviewing environmental impact statements with technical staff
• drafting proposed regulations for new or revised safety standards
• assisting in the review and litigation of employment law matters, Government contract matters, fiscal law and security issues
• working with the Solicitor in researching and preparing briefs for submission to the Federal courts of appeals

Qualifications

In order to qualify for the Honor Law Graduate Program, you must meet the following qualification criteria:

You must apply for only ONE grade, either GG-11 OR GG-12. Please read below to determine the grade at which you would qualify based on your education and experience:

GG-11:
1. a third-year law student (3L) who will earn a J.D. degree no later than June of the academic year of application; or

- a graduate law student who will earn an LL.M. degree no later than June of the academic year of application; and

2. Be in at least the upper thirty percent (30%) of your law school class and/or have an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least a 3.25 based on a scale of 4.0.
Specialized experience in nuclear energy law, NRC practice, environmental law, government contracts, labor relations, information law or energy-related regulatory law is required.

GG-12:
1. a J.D. degree; or

- an LL.M. degree; and

- a judicial law clerk with a minimum of one year and no more than two years of judicial law clerk experience; and

2. Be in at least the upper thirty percent (30%) of your law school class and/or have an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.25 based on a scale of 4.0.
Specialized experience in nuclear energy law, NRC practice, environmental law, government contracts, labor relations, information law or energy-related regulatory law is required.

Admission to the Bar is not a prerequisite to applying and being considered for the Honor Law Graduate Program, but is expected during the first year of NRC employment. Recent law school graduates who join NRC before bar examination results are available will provide evidence of Bar admission as soon as possible after admission. Selectees who are not admitted to the Bar will not be promoted to the GG-12. Those not admitted to the Bar within two years may be separated from the NRC.

The ideal candidate for this position must be able to demonstrate the following:

Experience in nuclear energy law, NRC practice, environmental law, government contracts, labor relations, information law or energy-related regulatory law.

- Ability to perform legal analysis and communicate the results of that analysis orally and in writing (evidenced by academic achievement, extracurricular law school activities, or internships).

- Ability to perform legal analysis and communicate the results of that analysis in writing as evidence by a writing sample.

Education

You must possess a professional law degree acquired through graduation from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association no later than June of the academic year of application.

How to Apply

Visit www.nrc.gov Review the NRC Opportunities page and click on “view a list of current NRC vacancies, please visit USAJobs EXIT.” Find the Honor law Graduate Program - Legal Intern GG-11/12 (FPL GG-14) (0904/0905) Announcement Number OGC-2018-0003 and apply on-line by October 15, 2018. If you are viewing this opportunity after October 15th please visit NRC’s website and discover additional opportunities for which you might be interested.






Education Level:

Bachelors degree or higher

Pay Rate:

$80,000 to $100,000

HR. Website URL:

http://www.nrc.gov/about-nrc/employment/opportunities.html

Security Clearance:

None

Travel Requirements:

Light

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About U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is an independent agency that was established by the Energy Reorganization Act of 1974 and began operations in 1975. NRC’s mission is to license and regulate the Nation’s civilian use of radioactive materials to provide reasonable assurance of adequate protection of public health and safety and to promote the common defense and security and to protect the environment. In carrying out its mission it exercises the following vision: Demonstrate the Principles of Good Regulation (independence, openness, efficiency, clarity, and reliability) in performing our mission. NRC’s scope of responsibility includes: the regulation of commercial nuclear power plants, research and test reactors, nuclear fuel cycle facilities, medical, academic, and industrial uses of radioactive materials; the decommissioning of these facilities and sites; and, the transport, storage, and disposal of radioactive materials and wastes. NRC issues licenses for civilian uses of radioactive materials, oversees the licensees, and certifies standard nuclear reactor designs and spent fuel storage casks and transportation packages. It also licenses the import and export of radioactive materials; participates in international nuclear activities, including multilateral and bilateral safety and security activities; and works closely with its international counterparts to enhance nuclear safety and security worldwide. To accomplish its overall mission NRC has identified two Strategic Goals—To ensure the safe and secure use of radioactive materials. We need a wide variety of administrative and technical staff to accomplish our objectives. We hire engineers, scientists, security specialists, information technology professionals, financial analysts, and a range of other occupations. We’re constantly looking for outstanding individuals at all levels – recent grads, mid-career professionals, and senior leaders.

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