• Legal Clerkship

    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(1/3/2019 4:11 PM)
    # of Openings
  • Overview

    The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) is hiring a Law Clerk in the Office of General Counsel. The Law Clerk will start in May 2019 and work for a total of at least 12 weeks.


    The Law Clerk is a paid position within USAC’s Office of General Counsel.  This is an excellent opportunity to gain in-house and telecommunications law experience providing legal support to attorneys in the USAC Office of General Counsel and to internal clients.



    Working in a client-focused and fast-paced environment, the Law Clerk will have the opportunity to research law, investigate facts, attend meetings, prepare written and verbal analysis, and provide guidance.  Responsibilities and opportunities may include, but are not limited to, the following:


    • Researching and analyzing statutes, regulations, administrative codes, administrative decisions, judicial decisions, and treatises to prepare legal documents, such as memoranda, briefs, appeal decision letters, and contracts
    • Providing legal support to members of the USAC Office of General Counsel and USAC’s business units concerning High Cost, Lifeline, Schools and Libraries, and Rural Health Care programs
    • Reviewing, revising, and drafting contracts for the procurement of goods and services
    • Provide legal support to the attorneys of the USAC Office of General Counsel and USAC business units concerning administrative rules and regulations related to the Universal Service Fund and its support mechanisms
    • Attend meetings with USAC staff, the Federal Communications Commission, and/or USF stakeholders
    • Other duties, as assigned


    About You

    A successful candidate will excel at operating in a fast-paced environment and will have the following characteristics:

    • You have excellent legal research and writing skills as well as the ability to quickly identify and analyze legal issues in a variety of subject areas
    • You excel at operating in a diverse and fluid environment and have strong organizational skills, including the ability to manage multiple tasks efficiently
    • You are passionate about USAC’s mission to help Americans improve access to essential communications technology
    • You are an experienced problem solver with great attention to detail and can work independently, multi-task, and learn quickly
    • You have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a collaborative environment
    • You have a demonstrated interest in telecommunications law, administrative law, and/or non-profit law

    About USAC

    About USAC

    Through its administration of the $10 billion Universal Service Fund (USF) programs on behalf of the FCC, USAC works to promote the availability of quality services at just, reasonable and affordable rates and to increase access to advanced telecommunications services throughout the nation. Specifically, the USF programs provide funding for the expansion of telecommunications and broadband access to rural communities and health care facilities, schools and libraries across the country, and low income households. Through program administration, auditing, and outreach, USAC works with contributors, service providers, and program beneficiaries to achieve the program goals articulated by the FCC for each of these programs.


    The FCC has reformed the USF to support further investment in and access to evolving broadband infrastructure, making the programs a primary vehicle to support this critical national priority. USAC, as the administrator of the USF, plays a critical role in supporting the ambitious vision to ensure that all citizens in the United States have access to high-speed broadband. The organization has approximately 500 employees with an operating budget of more than $200 million. USAC works in close partnership with the FCC and other federal and state partners to support the achievement of the USF program goals.


    USAC administers the USF programs — High Cost, Lifeline, Rural Health Care, and Schools and Libraries. USAC strives to provide efficient, responsible stewardship of the programs, a key national asset in making important telecommunications and Internet services available to consumers, health care providers, schools, and libraries throughout the United States. The program divisions are supported by additional USAC personnel in Finance, General Counsel, Information Systems, Internal Audit, the Enterprise Program Management Office and Human Resources. Consistent with FCC rules, USAC does not make policy for or interpret unclear provisions of statutes or the FCC’s rules.


    Universal service is paid for by contributions from telecommunications carriers, including wireline and wireless companies, and interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol providers, including cable companies that provide voice service, based on an assessment of their interstate and international end- user revenues. These contributions are most typically passed through to consumers through a universal service fee line item on their telephone bills.


    Additional information on USF programs can be found at:http://www.usac.org/about/about/who-we- are/default.aspx


    USAC offers a comprehensive benefits package, ongoing professional development opportunities, including vacation and sick leave.


    USAC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Only principals will be accepted. No agencies please.


    To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume, click the “Apply For This Job Online” button.


    USAC employees are passionate about our mission. Our work contributes to the success of all Americans. We’ve worked together to build a culture that is collaborative, ambitious, outcome-oriented, and feedback-focused.



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