Term Law Clerk to U. S. District Judges Participating in the Patent Program

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Job Specifications
Classification Level: 
JSP 11/01 – JSP 13/10
Salary Range: 
$80,015 - $148,255
Multiple Locations
Opening Date: 
Wednesday, June 7, 2023
Closing Date: 
Open Until Filled
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 Term Law Clerk to the United States District Judges participating in the Patent Program. Judges Selna, Wu, Kronstadt, Birotte, Scarsi, and Holcomb currently participate in the program.  The position is located in Los Angeles, California and/or Santa Ana, California.

The Patent Program law clerk provides focused support to the participating judges, including typical law clerk duties and working with the Patent Program judges’ non-specialist clerks on patent cases. The Patent Program law clerk handles a heavy volume of patent-related motions and related docket management duties. The Patent Program law clerk also assists with judicial education, development of case management procedures, and coordination of patent-related activities with the bench and bar. 

This position will commence in Fall 2023, with an exact start date to be determined and a clerkship term ending in September 2024.

The successful candidate will exhibit at all times to all persons a courteous, professional, and cooperative attitude as well as be guided by a self-imposed high standard of integrity and excellence.




      At the time of appointment, the candidate must possess the following minimum requirements:

  • Graduate of an ABA accredited law school with excellent academic credentials;
  • Exceptional research and writing skills;
  • Keen analytical ability and balanced judgment;
  • Proficiency in computer and word processing skills;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Bar membership;
  • Three years of post-JD legal work experience.


  • Prior substantial patent litigation experience.
  • Prior education or experience in a scientific or technological field.
  • Prior clerkship experience.


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 insurance, life insurance, flexible spending accounts, dental and life insurance.  Commuter subsidies are 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 selectee may be appointed provisionally, with retention dependent upon a favorable suitability determination from the 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 as soon as they meet the eligibility requirements.
  • This position is subject to mandatory electronic fund transfer (direct deposit) participation for payment of net pay.
  • Applicants selected for interview must travel at their own expense.  Relocation expenses will not be reimbursed.
  • 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:  http://www.cacd.uscourts.gov.

Due to the volume of applications expected to be received, the U. S. District Court will only communicate with those individuals who may be interviewed. Applications will be review on a continuous basis, until the position is filled.

The Federal Judiciary is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer


Application Process: 

Applications can be submitted by email:  apply_CACD@cacd.uscourts.gov.  Attached documents must be in PDF format and the email should reference the position title and Vacancy No. 23-39.  Complete application packets must include the following:

  • A cover letter;
  • A resume or curriculum vitae;
  • Two recent writing samples, with a cover letter for each sample stating whether it has been edited by others;
  • Law school transcript;
  • At least three references (preferably current or former employers); and
  • An application for Federal Branch Employment (visit the court’s website at www.cacd.uscourts.gov to download the job application).