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Term Law Clerk - Patent Pilot Program

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Job Specifications
Classification Level: 
JSP 11/01 – JSP 13/01
Salary Range: 
$73,096 - $104,182
Multiple Locations
Opening Date: 
Monday, April 6, 2020
Closing Date: 
Open Until Filled
Estimated Start Date: 
June - September 2020
Number of Positions: 
Vacancy Number: 
20-07 (Repost)
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. Judges Selna, Gutierrez, Wu, Kronstadt, and Birotte currently participate in the program.  The position is located in Los Angeles, California and/or Santa Ana, California.

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. 

This position requires a two-year commitment, starting in the period between June and September of 2020.  

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 Guide to Judiciary Policy. Benefits include 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 immediately after meeting the eligibility requirements.
  • This position is subject to mandatory electronic fund transfer (direct deposit) participation for payment of net pay.
  • Applicants selected for interviews 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:
Application Process: 


Applications can be submitted by email: Attached documents must be in PDF format and the email should reference the position title and Vacancy No. 20-07 (Repost).  Complete application packets must include the following:

  1.  A cover letter;
  2.  A resume or curriculum vitae;
  3.  Two recent writing samples, with a cover letter for each sample stating whether or not it has been edited by others;
  4.  Law school transcripts;
  5.  At least three references (preferably current or former employers); and
  6.  An application for Federal Branch Employment (visit the court’s website at to download the job application).

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. Applications that have already been submitted in response to the original posting remain under consideration and need not be re-submitted.

The Federal Judiciary is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer