temporary ( U.S. Citizens Only ) Paralegal Specialist (3 positions)

  • Opening Date: April 25, 2022
  • Closing Date: June 30, 2022
  • LC Organization Unit: Congressional Research Service
  • LC Organization Unit - Specific Office: American Law Division
  • Grade: GS-11 ($74,950 - $97,430)
  • Series: 0950
  • Availability: U.S. Citizens Only
  • Duration: These are 6-month appointments with the possibility of extension(s), not to exceed 10 months. Full time.

THIS IS AN OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT.  There may be multiple cut-off dates with the first being April 29, 2022.  Additional cut off dates may be established as needed.  This announcement will close once all vacancies have been filled or when the announcement reaches the end of the open period.      

The Congressional Research Service (CRS), American Law Division (ALD), seeks paralegal specialists for three full-time, temporary appointments. CRS works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS has been a valued and respected resource on Capitol Hill for more than a century.  CRS is well known for analysis that is authoritative, confidential, objective, and nonpartisan. Its highest priority is to ensure that Congress has immediate access to the nation's best thinking on legal and public policy issues of interest to its Members and committees.


 Qualified applicants will perform as part of the ALD paralegal team providing a variety of services within the division, such as cite-checking attorney work products of various lengths, reviewing for proper use of the Bluebook, and providing editorial and proofreading support for the Constitution Annotated: Analysis and Interpretation (a Senate mandated publication). An understanding of basic legal research and the use of legal databases, such as Westlaw, LexisNexis, HeinOnline, is required. The three candidates selected will use legal software, web applications, and online databases to assist with research, editing, proofreading, and other tasks as required. Candidates must also demonstrate superior organization skills and attention to detail.

Expected Skills & Abilities:


  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Proficiency at cite-checking and Bluebooking
  • Proficiency in Westlaw and/or LexisNexis
  • Ability to conduct basic legal research
  • Ability to stay organized and demonstrate attention to detail
  • Ability to solve problems and make decisions
  • Ability to interact collaboratively with others
  • Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing

Minimum Qualifications:

One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 grade level in the federal service or at a comparable level of difficulty outside the federal service.

Anticipated Start Date: Onboarding beginning in late May, 2022.

Location: Washington, DC

If you are interested in being considered, please submit an e-mail to Jeanne Dennis at jdennis@crs.loc.gov

with your cover letter and a copy of your resume that includes the start and end dates and number of hours per week for each work experience.