Pro Se Staff Attorney

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Job Specifications
Classification Level: 
JSP 11/01 – 14/10
Salary Range: 
$67,845 – $148,550
Los Angeles
Opening Date: 
Monday, July 10, 2017
Closing Date: 
Open until filled
Number of Positions: 
Vacancy Number: 
Job Type: 
Full Time
Position Overview: 

The U.S. District Court is seeking to fill one full-time Pro Se Staff Attorney position beginning in September 2017.  A Pro Se Staff Attorney works under the supervision of United States Magistrate Judges.  Duties of this position include drafting legal memoranda, reports, recommendations, decisions and orders, as well as analyzing statutes and legal issues in federal habeas corpus, civil rights and social security disability matters.  Pro Se Staff Attorneys may work on cases assigned to all divisions of the Court.  This position is subject to available funding, dependent upon annual court filings.   


Candidates must have strong academic credentials from an ABA-accredited law school.  Superior research, writing, and analytical skills are required.  Bar membership is required.  Legal experience in one or more of the following areas is preferred:  Civil rights, habeas corpus, social security disability, and criminal appellate law.  Prior federal pro se or elbow law clerk and/or litigation experience is preferred.  The successful candidate must exhibit the highest standards of excellence and integrity, and display a courteous, professional and cooperative attitude at all times.

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.    

This position qualifies for federal benefits including health insurance, life insurance, dental and vision insurance, flexible spending accounts, paid vacation and sick leave, ten paid federal holidays per year, and retirement coverage under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS).   Commuter subsidies are also available to employees who utilize public transportation to and from work.

Information for Applicants: 

As a condition of employment, the successful candidate is required to undergo an FBI background check.  The successful candidate must be a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident of the United States currently seeking citizenship or intending to become a citizen within six months of meeting eligibility requirements.  This position is subject to mandatory electronic funds transfer (direct deposit) participation for payment of net pay.   Expenses associated with interviews or relocation will not be reimbursed.  More than one position may be filled from this vacancy announcement.  The United States District Court requires employees to adhere to the Code of Conduct for Federal Judicial Employees, which is available on the Court’s website:                 


Application packets should be submitted by email to Attached documents must be in PDF format and the email should reference the position title and Vacancy No. 17-29. Incomplete application packets will not be considered.  Complete application packets must include the following:

  1. Resume;
  2. Names of at least three references;  
  3. Law school transcripts;
  4. Two recent writing samples; and,
  5. Application for Federal Branch Employment (visit the court’s website at to download the job application).

Due to the volume of applications received, the Court will communicate only with those individuals who will be interviewed. Applicants scheduled to interview should advise the Human Resources staff if any accommodation will be necessary to interview.

The Court reserves the right to modify the conditions of this announcement, commence interviews immediately, withdraw the announcement, or fill the position at any time, any of which actions may occur without notice.

The Federal Judiciary is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer