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Government Jobs At U.S. Courts As Law Clerk

Posted on: 17 Mar 2020 174 views
: Law Clerk
: U.S. Courts
: Washington, DC, United States
: Law Degree
: $72,030

Open & closing dates: 03/05/2020 to 03/19/2020

Salary: $72,030 to $133,465 per year


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Conditions of Employment

A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of fingerprinting and a background security investigation with favorable adjudication. Failure to meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.


Qualification Requirements for at least CS 11, Step 1: To qualify for the position of law clerk, a person must be a law school graduate no later than date of appointment, have at least one year of veterans law experience, and have demonstrated one of the following accomplishments or proficiencies:

  • Standing within the upper third of the law school class from a law school on the approved list of either the American Bar Association or the Association of American Law Schools;
  • Law review or moot court experience at such a school;
  • Participation in a veterans law clinic or veterans law classes; and
  • Proficiency in legal studies that, in the opinion of the appointing judge, is the equivalent of one of the above.

Position Grade Levels: Bar membership is required for appointment at the CS 12 or 13 level. One year of legal work experience post-J.D. is required for appointment at the CS 12 level. Two years of legal work experience post J.D. is required for appointment at the CS-13 level. Current salary range including Washington-Baltimore Locality Pay, as of issuing date, is: CS 11 ($72,030-$96,638); CS 12 ($86,335-$112,240); and CS 13 (102,663-$133,465).

Legal Work Experience: Legal work experience for this position means progressively responsible experience in the practice of law, in legal research, legal administration, or equivalent experience received after graduation from law school.


The applicant must have a Juris Doctor.

The application must include the following materials:

  1. Cover letter;
  2. Resume;
  3. Completed OF 306 (Declaration for Federal Employment, available at:;
  4. Law school and (if applicable) graduate transcripts;
  5. Evidence of law school class rank (if applicable, see Qualification Requirements);
  6. Self-edited legal writing sample not to exceed 10 pages; and
  7. Names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three (3) non-family member references (at least two of which must be law related).

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How to Apply

Submit a complete application to:

Chief Judge Margaret Bartley
ATTN: Ms. Stephanie Allen
625 Indiana Avenue, N.W., Suite 900
Washington, D.C. 20004 or [email protected]

Please refer to the "Required Documents" section of this vacancy announcement regarding application materials.

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