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"CTWD-2018-0006" Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
District of Columbia Courts
Position Title:
Law Clerk- While Actually Employed (WAE) (Superior Court)
Open Period:
04/03/2018 - 03/31/2019


JS - 0904 10
USD $29.01 - USD $37.72
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Temporary
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Washington DC, DC, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
S. LaFontant


Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
United States Citizens or individuals lawfully admitted for permanent residency or authorized by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service to work in the United States.
Security Clearance Required:
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
July 2018 to December 2018
Marketing Statement:
"Open to All, Trusted by All, Justice for All."  The District of Columbia Courts (the Courts) consist of the Court of Appeals, the Superior Court, and the Court System. The Courts constitute the Judicial Branch of the District of Columbia Government and is separate and distinct from the Executive and Legislative Branches.  The Courts' strong judiciary and workforce are its most important assets in providing high quality justice and service to the public.
This is a temporary position. No benefits are offered in this position.

It is deemed as a WAE (while actually employed) position. Law clerks serve at the pleasure of the Judge. This clerkship is particularly suited for individuals interested in appellate practice, court operations, or those desiring legal experience across a broad range of areas. This position provides exposure to appellate practice and techniques including motions, emergency matters, and extraordinary writs. The responsibilities of the court law clerks varies as those of staff counsel for other state and federal appellate courts. They include: (1)Motions; (2) Petitions, Stays, and Emergency Matters; (3) Opinions and Special Projects.

The position will start at $29.01 per hour.





The incumbent should be an enthusiastic and engaged professional who enjoys working with a diverse group of Court personnel and customers and lives the DC Courts’ values of Accountability, Excellence, Fairness, Integrity, Respect, and Transparency.

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
Not Required


The law clerk is expected to perform the duties below:

  • Researches issues before the court; writes opinions based on research; participates in the formation of case law; assists judge in courtroom proceedings; manages exhibits submitted into evidence;
  • Interacts with chambers staff, court personnel, litigants and the public; assists the judge with settlement conferences and discovery disputes;
  • Reviews briefs submitted by the parties; verifies cited legal authority; drafts a variety of legal documents including trial briefs, memoranda and orders;
  • Researches and analyzes complex legal issues in civil and criminal appeals;
  • Maintains chambers library; makes recommendations regarding the disposition of appeals; drafts concise, well-researched opinions, bench memoranda and other legal documents;
  • Attends court sessions to hear oral arguments; keeps abreast of changes in the law; reviews dockets of pending litigation; reviews complaints, petitions, motions, or pleadings.

Qualifications and Evaluations

To qualify for this position, you must submit the following:
1. Resume
2. Completed Vacancy Questionnaire
3. Documentation/Proof of Education (e.g. college transcript or law degree)
Key Requirements:
  • A background and/or security investigation is required.
  • Temporary position, January 2018 to June 2018.
  • Education Requirements:
    To qualify based on education, upload copy of your law school transcript or degree. The transcript must show the name of the college or university, your name, list of courses with credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking.

    Foreign Education: Education completed outside the United States must have been evaluated by a private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service or education to meet the above requirements.

    Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure that you meet the basic qualification requirements.  Answers submitted in the questionnaire must be supported on your resume.
    Applicants must have received their law degree prior to beginning work.

    Please note that authorization for the release of your adult criminal record revealing any convictions and forfeitures, and any criminal cases currently pending before the courts are required. If you are selected for the position, a criminal history records check will be conducted.

    Benefits and Other Info

    There are no benefits with this position.
    Other Information:
    This job is temporary.


    All required information must be received by the closing date.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the vacancy questionnaire. Click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

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    Required Documents:
    1. Resume
    2. Completed Vacancy Questionnaire
    3. Documentation/Proof of Education (e.g. copy of college transcript or law degree)
    Next Steps:
    All applicants will be notified of the outcome.