STARTING SALARY: $64,009 – $140,146 annually, depending on experience
OPENING DATE: Monday, March 9, 2020
CLOSING DATE: Monday, March 23, 2020
The United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana is recruiting for the position of Judicial Law Clerk (Term). This appointment will last for at least twelve months from the date of appointment, with the Judicial Officer having the option to extend the appointment for an additional period of time not to exceed the lifetime limitation as defined below. This position is located in the chambers of United States District Judge Brian A. Jackson in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and reports directly to the Honorable Brian A. Jackson. The Judicial Law Clerk researches issues of law, attends trials and other court proceedings, acts as legal advisor, prepares orders, and makes recommendations based on the law, to the Honorable Brian A. Jackson. The caseload in the jurisdiction is heavy, and the types of cases presented are varied, often involving novel and complex issues of the law. While the nature of the matters presented is serious, the office environment is personable. There is daily interaction with the Judge and other court staff concerning legal and court-related issues. Lifetime Limitation – No individual is permitted to serve in the Judiciary for more than four years (whether full-time or part-time) in a Term Law Clerk capacity on or after September 18, 2007. Service as a Term Law Clerk prior to September 18, 2007 will not be counted toward the four-year limit.
QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS:
This position requires a detail-oriented self-starter who can maintain strict confidentiality, work well with staff members at all levels, and complete assignments accurately and in a timely manner. Applicants must have excellent communication and organizational skills. Maturity, ethics, and commitment to the law are required. Some travel may be required. Additionally, the applicant must be proficient in computer assisted research, Windows, and Microsoft Word. Applicants must be United States citizens or eligible to work in the United States. For consideration, an applicant must be a law school graduate (or be certified as having completed all law school studies and requirements and merely awaiting conferment of degree) with an excellent academic record and excellent research and writing skills.
LEGAL WORK EXPERIENCE:
Legal work experience is experience in the practice of law, in legal research, legal administration, or equivalent experience received after graduation from law school. Major or substantial legal activities while in military service may be credited, on a month-for-month basis whether before or after graduation, but not to exceed one year if before graduation. Applicants with post-graduation legal work experience are preferred. Strong preference will be given to applicants with legal work experience in the federal judiciary as a law clerk.
Employment with the United States District Court offers a generous benefit package, civil and criminal law experience at the federal court level, and an environment providing significant responsibility and challenge. Law Clerks appointed to term appointments for at least one year and one day are eligible for the following benefits: • Social Security and Medicare benefits • Ten paid Federal holidays • Health benefits under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHB) • Supplemental Dental and Vision Benefits offered through Federal Employees Vision and Dental Plan (FEDVIP) • Life insurance benefits under the Federal Employees Group Life Insurance Program (FEGLI) • Paid on-site assigned parking • 24-hour fitness facility Term Law Clerks are not eligible to participate in the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) or Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). This position is subject to mandatory electronic fund transfer (direct deposit) participation for payment of net earnings.
Applicants should submit a complete applicant’s packet which includes: a letter of interest, a current/detailed resume with class rank and honors, an unedited writing sample (not to exceed ten pages), AND a completed Application for Judicial Branch Federal Employment (Form AO-78). The applicant’s packet must be received by 12:00 PM CST on Monday, March 23, 2020 to be considered. Applications for Judicial Branch Federal Employment (Form AO-78) may be downloaded from our website www.lamd.uscourts.gov. Applications will not be considered complete until all items listed above have been received by Human Resources. Please email or fax your complete applicant’s packet to: [email protected]