Administrative Law Judge

7/7/16: “Hi Nicole! I completed the Online Component last week and your webinar was invaluable! I followed your advice and prepared accomplishment narratives in advance using the CCAR Accomplishment Builder and it really made all of the difference.”
6/24/16: “Nicole – I have finished my ALJ Assessment and can tell you that your suggestions were right on point. Your suggested homework was essential to preparing me for the exam. “
4/3/16: “Nicole – I filed my ALJ application today and wanted you both to know how much I appreciate your assistance. The webinar was very informative and Nicole’s help was—well—absolutely incredible. I could never have properly drafted the resume and narratives without your help in such a short period of time. “
2/06/16: “Nicole sent me the new ALJ guide. It’s a GREAT resource! You did a GREAT job with it. I’m spending a significant amount of time on the 13 ALJ Competencies. I’m looking forward to your webinar. Thank you for the ongoing assistance with this daunting task.” –2016 ALJ applicant
Nicole: “To bring you up to date, after approx. 1.5 years, I was solicited by the OMHA to be an ALJ in [City 1] this week, counter offered and accepted appointment as ALJ for SSA in [City 2] today. Thank you!”
1/26/16: “Nicole, you created a resume for me in May 2014 (I got the job, thanks!). Is your company offering ALJ application assistance again this year? As I’m sure you’ve heard, OPM will be reopening testing within the next few months.”

NEWS ALERT: The ALJ Exam for 2017 will open soon!

From the OPM release:

Washington DC – The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is announcing it will open the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Examination to interested applicants in the near future by posting a job opportunity announcement on USAJOBS.

ALJs serve as impartial arbiters at regulatory and benefits-granting agencies. Individuals who are interested in applying are urged to monitor the USAJOBS website in the coming weeks. A notice will also be posted on the OPM ALJ website.

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Our expert writers and editors can help you write a Federal Resume with the accomplishments in the CCAR format. We will write the accomplishments to support the ALJ competencies. We are experts with the long-form federal resume! The federal resume is on average 4 or 5 pages. Our staff includes experienced lawyers, writers and editors who are knowledgeable about the ALJ federal resume requirements, examination process, attorney evaluation, and complex federal hiring practices. We can help you prepare a high quality application that is consistent with OPM’s standards and otherwise help you navigate the process of becoming a Federal ALJ.

The ALJ Writing Guide 2nd Editon is now available!!

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ALJ Federal Resume and Narrative Writing, Coaching Services for the 2017 Announcement

First check your qualifications against the 2013 ALJ Application: click here.

Our full service package includes the following components:

  • Federal ALJ-style, outline format resume for upload to (typically 3–5 pages)
  • Two qualifications narratives, documenting 7+ years of qualifying litigation and administrative law experience
  • Two hours of phone consulting/coaching, spread over the project
  • A homework assignment in accomplishment/past performance writing, addressing ALJ Competencies
  • An electronic copy of the all new ALJ Writing Guide, 2nd Edition, by Nicole Schultheis & Kathryn Troutman (2016) ($49.95 if purchased separately)
  • Free participation a live, 90 minute ALJ webinar with Nicole Schultheis ($149.00 value; a selection of dates and times is available)
  • A selection of additional written materials to assist with exam preparation


See description of services below.


ALJ or IJ Resume:
Resume development plus associated accomplishments consulting
(8 hours): $1800 (deposit $1080)

ALJ Narratives:
Two ALJ Narratives plus associated application review/consulting
(4 hours): $900 (deposit $540)

ALJ Resume plus Narratives:
Resume development, two ALJ application narratives plus associated accomplishments and application review and consulting (12 hours): $2700 (deposit $1620)

Optional ALJ Case Listing:
Up to 6 cases, based on your draft (1 hour): $225 (add to another package deposit or pay in full)

IJ Narratives:
Usually 2 hours apiece for each narrative (up to 6). If adding IJ narratives to an ALJ package, or adding ALJ narratives to an IJ application, your quote will be reduced. Contact us for specific pricing.

Additional services may be added, depending upon the requirements of the 2017 ALJ Announcement and exam.


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Getting ready for the exam? We now have a training webinar to help you prepare!

Sessions starting February 8, 2016! Join us for highly informative live 90 minute webinar with Nicole Schultheis. Receive a free copy of the ALJ Writing Guide 2nd Edition and discounts to our services.

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Nicole Schultheis has helped hundreds of attorneys and other senior candidates compete successfully for federal positions. In addition to Administrative Law Judge candidates, she has helped aspiring Administrative Judges, Hearing Officers, Immigration Judges and Administrative Patent Judges. She has supported legal and law enforcement candidates at the Department of Justice, FBI, ICE, CBP, DHS, U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Department of Defense, as well as applicants to numerous agency Offices of General Counsel, Inspectors General, and Legislative Counsel offices.

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