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

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Job Specifications
Classification Level: 
JSP 11/01 - JSP 14/10
Salary Range: 
$64,585 - $141,406
Los Angeles
Opening Date: 
Monday, April 14, 2014
Closing Date: 
Open Until Filled
Estimated Start Date: 
August 2015
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 Pilot Program—currently Judges Otero, Selna, Guilford, Wright, Wu, Kronstadt, and O’Connell.

The Patent Pilot Program law clerk provides focused support to the participating judges, including typical law clerk duties and working with the Patent Pilot Program judges’ non-specialist clerks on patent cases.  The Patent Pilot Program law clerk also assists with judicial education, development of case management procedures, and coordination of patent-related activities with the bench and bar.  The position requires a two year commitment, starting late summer 2015.

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


The Court seeks candidates with substantial patent litigation experience.  Prior clerkships are helpful but not required.  Candidates 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 after meeting the eligibility requirements.

Compensation and Benefits: 

Compensation will be set based on experience and qualifications pursuant to the policies and guidelines set forth in the Judicial Salary Plan.  Annual salary range is approximately $64,585 - $141,406, depending on classification under the Judicial Salary Plan.  Term Law Clerks qualify for federal employees’ group health and life insurance. 

Information for Applicants: 

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.

How to Apply: 

Interested persons must submit an original and three copies of each of the following: application (see below); resume or curriculum vitae; two recent writing samples; law school transcripts; and at least three references (preferably current or former employers) to:

U.S. District Court
312 North Spring Street, Room 535
Los Angeles, California 90012
Attention: Vacancy Number: 14-22

Due to the number of applications expected, the Court will only communicate with those candidates who are chosen to proceed to the interview process.   Please do not call to inquire about the status of an application.

The Application for Judicial Branch Federal Employment as well as further information regarding court employment may be obtained from the Court’s website at www.cacd.uscourts.gov (hover cursor over “Clerk Services” and select “Employment,” then see “Career Opportunities” on the right hand side of the page and click on “Download the Job Application”) or call our 24-hour job information line at 213-894-2904.