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Opportunity Title: Law Clerk - Term
Location: Denver
Department: United States District Court
Posted Date: 08/01/2018
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
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Brief Description

**This is a courtesy posting for the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado**

The U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado is seeking a Judicial Law Clerk (term) in the Chambers of U.S. Magistrate Judge Nina Y. Wang. Duty station is located at 901 19th Street, Denver, Colorado. The Judicial Law Clerk (term) is a permanent full time position and eligible for federal government benefits. The position will commence on the applicant’s start date and extend for a term of one year. The Court prefers a start date nearest to September 4, 2018.  The salary range for this position is JSP 11 ($66,577), JSP 12 ($79,799) to JSP 13 ($94,890).

Position Overview:

The Judicial Law Clerk (term) will provide legal support to the Judge by conducting legal
research, preparing memoranda and draft orders, attending trials and other court proceedings,
and acting as legal advisor. The Judge’s Chamber is a hard-working but friendly environment.
The Judicial Law Clerk (term) appointment will be for a term of one year. Candidates must have
less than four years of previous federal service as a Judicial Law Clerk (term) to be appointed.

Judicial Law Clerks (term) appointed to term appointments are subject to social security
deductions and are eligible for health, dental, vision and life insurance coverage, and
participation in judiciary supplemental benefit programs. Judicial Law Clerks (term) are not
eligible to participate in the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) or the Thrift Savings
Plan. Based on the Judge’s discretion, Judicial Law Clerks (term) may or may not be placed on
the Leave Act.

Qualifications Requirements:

To qualify for the position of law clerk on the personal staff of a federal judge, a person must be
a law school graduate from a law school of recognized standing, and have demonstrated one of
the following accomplishments or proficiencies:
• A juris doctor degree from a law school on the approved list of either the American Bar
Association or the Association of American Law Schools;
• Graduation from such a school with an LLM degree; or
• Proficiency in legal studies that, in the opinion of the judge, is the equivalent of one of the

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 on military duty may be credited, on a monthfor-month basis whether before or after graduation, but not to exceed one year if before graduation from law school. Outlined below shows the number of years of legal work experience
required to qualify for appointment as a law clerk at the applicable JSP grade levels.

JSP Grade 11 (annual salary $66,577)
Must be a law school graduate.

JSP Grade 12 (annual salary $79,799)
Must be a law school graduate.
One year of legal work experience following graduation from law school.
Must be a member of the bar of a state, territorial, or federal court of general jurisdiction.

JSP Grade 13 (annual salary $94,89)
Must be a law school graduate.
At least 2 years of legal work experience following graduation from law school.
Must be a member of the bar of a state, territorial, or federal court of general jurisdiction.

Preferred Qualifications:

Judge Wang strongly prefers applicants with the following qualifications:
1. Two-years or more of legal work experience after graduation from law school, and/or
2. Prior experience as a federal court law clerk after graduation from law school, and
3. Experience on the editorial board of a law review of a law school on the approved list of
either the American Bar Association or the Association of American Law Schools.

How to Apply:

Applicants must apply through the Online System for Clerkship Application and Review, at Through OSCAR, each applicant should submit:

1. A cover letter describing your legal experience and why you believe you are well-suited to
the position in our Chambers;
2. Federal Judicial Branch Application for Employment (application form AO 78 can be
found at under Employment Opportunities link located in the left margin
of the home page);
3. A detailed and up to date résumé;
4. Two substantial writing samples which reflect no more than de minimis editing by a third
person; and
5. Three references (including current telephone numbers). Letters of recommendation should
not be submitted at this time.

Please DO NOT send any application materials to us through any other means, including
in hard copy or via electronic mail.

Only qualified applicants will be considered for an interview for this position. Applicants who
do not timely submit all required materials, as stated in the How to Apply section of the
Vacancy Announcement, will not be considered.

Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or eligible to work in the United States. The federal
immigration and appropriations law significantly limits the circumstances in which the federal
judiciary may employ a non-citizen of the United States. Therefore, the U.S. Courts is responsible
for ensuring that all new employees are eligible to work in the United States by reviewing
one of the employment eligibility documents specified on the Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility
Verification) before placing the selected candidate on federal payroll. Proof of eligibility
status will be required.

Information for Applicants:

All applications received will be evaluated as one pool of applicants in review of employment
experience, education, and knowledge/skills/abilities as directly related to the stated
qualifications within the vacancy announcement.

The Court reserves the right to modify the conditions of this vacancy announcement, or to
withdraw the announcement, any of which may occur without prior written or other notice.
Multiple positions may be filled from this vacancy, and additional positions may be filled within
60 days of a closed vacancy utilizing the same applicant pool. This vacancy may be revised and
re-posted with the approval of the Court Unit Executive or the Judicial Officer if the vacancy is
for a chambers position.

Successful employment with the U.S. Courts is based on acceptable performance and is an atwill employment opportunity as determined by the Court Unit Executive or the Judicial Officer.
All information provided by applicants is subject to verification and background investigation.
Applicants are advised that false statements or omission of information on any application
materials may be grounds for non-selection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal
after being employed.

The selected applicant will be required to complete an FBI fingerprint and/or criminal
background check. Retention in the position will depend on a favorable suitability
determination by the Court Unit Executive or the Judicial Officer.

Due to increasing commuter costs, the high cost of parking in the downtown Denver area, and
the decreasing availability of downtown parking, the U.S. Courts provide each permanent
employee with an RTD EcoPass. The EcoPass provides unlimited transportation on RTD buses
and Light Rail in and out of the downtown Denver area. The EcoPass is an employee benefit
provided annually depending upon available funding.

Please see for overview of federal benefit package (under Employment

Electronic Funds Transfer (direct deposit) of pay is required.

The Court requires employees to adhere to a code of ethics and conduct as well as specific
employee policies and performance expectations.

The federal courts are Equal Employment Opportunity employers.

Detailed Job Information
NOTICE! Each person employed must present identity and employment eligibility verification.
NOTICE! Employees hired after March 1, 1988, must be on the payroll direct deposit program.
NOTICE! Disabled applicants: If you have a mental or physical impairment, which limits one of your major life activities (e.g. walking, hearing, seeing, speaking, breathing, or learning) and require special accommodations for testing or interviewing, it is your responsibility to notify the office scheduling the interview or test at least 3 working days before the interview or test date. If you need special accommodations at the work site, you must notify the hiring authority.
NOTICE! All prospective employees of the Colorado Judicial Branch are subject to background investigation prior to hiring.

INFORMATION ALERT: Judicial Department employees may not hold office in a political party, nor may they promote one political party or candidate over another in partisan political elections. Employees may hold not-partisan public office provided that there is no conflict of interest or appearance of impropriety with the duties performed for the Judicial Department. In all cases, it will be within the discretion of the Chief Judge of the judicial district to determine whether such a conflict exists. Employees shall seek the prior approval of the Chief Judge before seeking or assuming any such office. Work related to any office held may not be performed on Judicial Department time. Membership on a board or commission that requires registration or party identification as a qualification is not considered to be partisan political office.
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