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Law Clerk - Term

$61,218 - $113,428
JSP 11/1 - JSP 13/10
July 3, 2019
Open until filled

POSITION OVERVIEW

The United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama is seeking a full-time term law clerk for United States Magistrate Judge Stephen M. Doyle, in Montgomery, Alabama. The position is available beginning on or about September 1, 2019. Judge Doyle will consider hiring a highly qualified applicant for a term in excess of one year (term clerk eligibility is capped at four years). Prior clerkship experience is not required, but preferred.

SUMMARY OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Reviews legal submissions; performs legal research; drafts bench memoranda and proposed decisions in connection with civil and criminal cases. Researches and drafts orders addressing a wide variety of issues. Assists with case management through the Case Management/Electronic Case Filing (CM/ECF) system. May perform administrative office functions such as editing, proofreading, telephone communications, and written correspondence.

QUALIFICATIONS

To qualify for the position of judicial law clerk, an individual must be a law school graduate (or be certified as having completed all law school studies and requirements and merely awaiting conferment of degree) from a law school of recognized standing, and have demonstrated one of the following accomplishments or proficiencies:

  • Standing within the upper third of the law school class from a law school on the approved list of either the American Bar Association or the Association of American Law Schools;
  • Experience on the editorial board of a law review of such a school;
  • Graduation from such a school with an LLM degree; or
  • Proficiency in legal studies that, in the opinion of the appointing judge, is the equivalent of one of the above.

LEGAL WORK EXPERIENCE

Legal work experience is progressively responsible experience in the practice of law, in legal research, legal administration, or equivalent experience received after graduation from law school. Major or substantial legal activities while in military service may be credited, on a month-for-month basis whether before or after graduation, but not to exceed one year if before graduation.

The table below shows the number of years of legal work experience required to qualify for appointment as a law clerk at the applicable JSP grade level. Please note that appointment to a JSP-12 or above requires that the candidate be a member of the bar of a state, territory, or federal court of general jurisdiction.

JSP Grade Level

Years of legal work experience

Bar Membership Required

11

0

No

12

1

Yes

13

2

Yes

BENEFITS

The District Court is within the Judicial Branch of the United States Government and its employees are entitled to federal employee benefits including life insurance, flexible health care and dependent care reimbursement, long term care, accrued paid sick and annual leave, and health, dental, and vision care.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Applicants must be United States citizens or eligible to work in the United States.
  • A background investigation with law enforcement agencies, including fingerprint and criminal record check, will be conducted as a condition of employment. Any applicant selected for the position will be hired provisionally pending successful completion of investigation. Unsatisfactory results may result in termination of employment.
  • Employees of the US District Court are at-will employees and must adhere to the Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees.
  • Payment of salary is subject to the mandatory electronic fund transfer (direct deposit) to a financial institution.
  • Participation in the interview process will be at the applicant’s own expense. The Court will not pay for relocation expenses. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Submit one document in PDF format via e-mail to Judge Doyle's chambers that includes the following:

INCOMPLETE SUBMISSIONS AND SUBMISSIONS NOT RECEIVED IN A SINGLE PDF FILE MAY NOT BE CONSIDERED.

The United States District Court, Middle District of Alabama, reserves the right to modify the conditions of this job announcement, to withdraw the job announcement, or to fill the position earlier than the closing date. Any of which may occur without prior written notice. This Court is an Equal Opportunity / EDR Employer.