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Law Clerk to a U.S. Magistrate Judge - #16-05

Friday, January 15, 2016 5:00 PM | Lori Butler (Administrator)

Classification Level: JSP 11/01 – JSP 14/10
Salary Range: $66,137 - $144,811
Location: Los Angeles, California
Opening Date: January 15, 2016
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Estimated Start Date: August or September, 2016
Number of Positions: 2
Vacancy Number: 16-05

The United States District Court, Central District of California, invites applications for the position of Law Clerk to a United States Magistrate Judge located in Los Angeles. The Law Clerk appointment shall begin on or about August, 2016 for one position and September, 2016 for the other position. The September position is a one-year term and the August position is a two-year term. Both positions include the possibility for extension, and one position may be extended into a career position.
Principal duties of the position include administrative work and traditional law clerk responsibilities such as researching substantive issues of federal and state law, drafting legal memoranda, opinions and orders, and attending court proceedings. Additional duties include overseeing the daily operation of the Judge’s chambers, interacting with chambers staff, court personnel, litigants and/or the public, and generally providing trusted legal support to the Judge. The successful candidate must exhibit the highest standards of excellence and integrity, and display, at all times and to all persons, a courteous, professional and cooperative attitude.

Excellent academic credentials from an ABA-accredited law school, superior analytical ability, research and writing skills are required. Strong computer and word processing skills are desirable. Bar membership, clerkship experience and/or some post-law school work is preferred.
The successful candidate must also be a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident of the United States currently seeking citizenship or intending to become a citizen upon meeting the eligibility requirements.

Compensation will be set based on the experience and qualifications of the successful candidate subject to the policies and guidelines set forth in the Judicial Salary Plan. Law Clerks qualify for federal employees’ group health insurance, flexible spending accounts, vision, dental and life insurance, and Career Law Clerks qualify for retirement benefits. Federal employees observe ten paid holidays per year.

Due to the volume of applications received, the Court will only be able to communicate with those individuals who will be interviewed. Please do not call or email to inquire about the status of an application.
The Court requires employees to adhere to a Code of Ethics and Conduct which is available to applicants for review upon request. The Court is not authorized to reimburse candidates for travel or relocation expenses. The selected candidates will be provisionally hired subject to successful completion of a background investigation by law enforcement agencies.

Interested persons should apply through OSCAR (https://oscar.uscourts.gov/).
In the alternative, please submit the completed application packets to: apply_CACD@cacd.uscourts.gov. Incomplete applications may not be considered. E-mail documents must be in Word or PDF format. Zip files and faxes will not be accepted. Refer to: Vacancy number 16-05 – Law Clerk in Los Angeles.
Visit the court’s web site at www.cacd.uscourts.gov to download the job application. Applicants must email the following documents to be considered: Application for Federal Branch Employment, a resume or curriculum vitae, two recent writing samples, unofficial law school transcripts, and at least three references (preferably current or former employers).
Please indicate if you are interested in the one-year or longer Term Law Clerk position (with a maximum of four years) or the two-year position that may evolve into a career position.
The Federal Judiciary is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

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