Law Clerk to U.S. Magistrate Judge

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Job Specifications
Classification Level: 
JSP 11/01-JSP 14/10
Salary Range: 
Santa Ana
Opening Date: 
Friday, June 6, 2014
Closing Date: 
Open Until Filled
Estimated Start Date: 
September 2014
Number of Positions: 
Vacancy Number: 
Job Type: 
Full Time
Position Overview: 

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 Santa Ana.  The term is two years.  Principal duties of the position include 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.  The Law Clerk appointment shall begin on or about September 2014.


Excellent academic credentials from an ABA-accredited law school, strong research and exceptional writing skills, and superior analytical ability.  Journal and/or moot court, and prior litigation and/or clerkship experience 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 and Benefits: 

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.  Term Law Clerks qualify for federal employees’ group health and life insurance.  Federal employees observe ten paid holidays per year.

How to Apply: 

Interested persons should apply through OSCAR ( 

In the alternative, hard copy application packets will be accepted. Applicants must submit an original and one copy of each of the following: an Application for Federal Branch Employment (see court’s website under “Employment” link), a resume or curriculum vitae, two recent writing samples, law school transcripts, and at least three references (preferably current or former employers) to:

Law Clerk to U.S. Magistrate Judge
U.S. District Court (CDC)
312 N. Spring Street, Room 535
Los Angeles, California 90012
Refer to Vacancy No.14-35

Due to the volume of applications received, the Court will communicate only with those individuals who will be interviewed for open positions.  Please do not call or email to inquire about the status of hiring or your application.

The final candidate will be subject to a background investigation with law enforcement agencies. 

The United States District Court is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.