VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT # 2019-01-USDC
POSITION TYPE: Full-time position. Full benefits package available for Career Law Clerk only.
SALARY RANGE: JSP 13 – $94,890 (requires 2 years legal experience plus bar membership*)
JSP 14 – $112,133 (requires 3 years legal plus 2 federal legal experience and bar membership*)
CLOSING DATE: Preference given to applications received by November 5, 2018
START DATE: Requested start date: December 3, 2018
The judicial law clerk manages all aspects of the chambers, researches issues of law, writes extensively,
attends and assists with preparation for trials and other court proceedings, accompanies the judge as needed in settlement conferences, confers with parties concerning scheduling and procedural matters, and acts as an advisor, making recommendations on the law, to the Honorable Michael E. Hegarty, U.S. Magistrate Judge. The caseload is heavy, and types of cases presented are varied, often involving
novel issues of law. This chamber processes a high volume of consent cases and settlement conferences, requiring flexibility in work hours. The ideal law clerk is thoughtful and engaging and possesses excellent organizational and multi-tasking skills. This position will afford daily interaction with the Judge, chambers and clerk’s office staff, and counsel of record, and includes occasional field trips, as well as offering the opportunity to participate in court-wide projects. While the nature of the matters presented are serious, the office environment is friendly and personable.
MINIMUM REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
• Graduation from an accredited law school.
• Strong academic performance including law review.
• Ideally at least two years of post-law school legal experience, including prior judicial clerkship or similar settings, as well as management of advanced-degree employees.
• Superior legal-research, analytical, writing, and editing skills.
• Demonstrated management abilities, including excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
• Court legal staff experience.
• Judicial law clerk experience.
• In-depth knowledge of substantive legal areas frequently raised in federal cases. Prior federal court law experience is highly valued.
• Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
• Superior organizational skills, including the ability to work independently on multiple tasks in a high-volume environment.
• Exceptional integrity and professionalism, including with respect to work product, attitude, and demeanor.
• Appreciation for work environment with significant responsibility, challenge and a commitment to excellence.
HOW TO APPLY:
Submit application package on OSCAR at: https://oscar.uscourts.gov
Application package must include the following:
• Cover letter and resume.
• Law school transcripts including law school class ranking.
• Application for Judicial Employment AO 78 (Application found at: https://www.cod.uscourts.gov/HR/EmploymentOpportunities.aspx).
Save and upload application through OSCAR.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Must be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident seeking U.S. citizenship. Excepted service
appointments are “at will.” Appointment is contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation. Employees are subject to the Judicial Code of Conduct. *Full qualifications and contact information can be found via the full posting at www.cod.uscourts.gov.
To qualify for the position of law clerk on the personal staff of a federal judge, a person must be a law school graduate (or be certified as having completed all law school studies and requirements and merely awaiting conferment of degree) from a law school of recognized standing, and have one or more of the following attributes:
• 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;
• Experience on the editorial board of a law review of such a school;
• Graduation from such a school with an LLM degree; or
• Demonstrated proficiency in legal studies, which in the opinion of the judge, is the equivalent of one of the above.
Some examples of criteria which are considered to be acceptable as equivalent include:
• Publication of a noteworthy article in a law school student publication or other scholarly publication;
• Special high-level honors for academic excellence in law school, such as election to the Order of the Coif;
• Winning of a moot court competition or membership on a moot court team that represents the law school in competition with other law schools;
• Participation in the legal aid or other law school clinical program sanctioned by the law school;* or
• Summer experience as a law clerk to a state or local judge or law clerk experience on a continuing basis in a private firm while attending school (i.e., working one’s way through college).*
* In order to receive credit, participation and experience could not have been for academic credit.
This list is not all-inclusive; the determination of an acceptable equivalence rests with the appointing judge.
Legal Work Experience
Legal work experience is progressively responsible 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 on military duty may be credited, on a month-for-month basis whether before or after graduation, but not to exceed one year if before graduation from law school.
Due to the nature of the work of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, other professional work experience in a field of the court’s jurisdiction such as engineering, science, or technology, may be substituted for the required legal work experience (whether pre- or post-Juris Doctor) on a year-for-year basis, at the appointing judge’s discretion. This experience may not, however, be substituted for the prior federal clerkship experience required for appointment or promotion to the JSP-14.
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