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Opportunity Title: Term Law Clerk
Location: Denver
Department: U.S. District Court
Posted Date: 07/12/2019
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
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Brief Description

**This is a courtesy posting for the United States District Court**

The U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado is seeking a law clerk in the Chambers of U.S. Magistrate Judge Kathleen Tafoya. Duty station is located at 212 North Wahsatch Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colorado. This position will commence approximately on or before October 1, 2019 with a possibility of extending to two years.  The salary range for this position is $75,576.00 - $89,869.00 per year.

Position Purpose and Work Objectives:

The law clerk 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 chambers is a hard-working but friendly environment.

Reports To:

U.S. Magistrate Judge Kathleen Tafoya

Minimum Education/Professional Qualifications:

  1. Be a graduate of an accredited law school,
  2. Must have at least one year of legal experience post-bar,
  3. Have excellent writing and legal research skills, and
  4. Have high ethical standards.

Specialized Knowledge:

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 from law school.

Preferred 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.

How to Apply:

Applicants must apply through the Online System for Clerkship Application and Review, at Through OSCAR, each applicant should submit: a cover letter, current resume with daytime telephone number and email address, writing sample (no more than 10 pages in length), and law school transcripts.


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.


This position is considered a TERM appointment. This term appointment will require a minimum commitment of one year but must end no later than four years from the date of the appointment unless previous federal term law clerk experience applies. Law clerks appointed to term appointments are subject to social security deductions and are eligible for health, dental, vision, and life insurance coverage.


Term law clerks are not eligible to participate in the retirement system or the Thrift Savings Plan. Based on the Judge’s discretion, term law clerks may or may not be placed on the Leave Act.

Full federal government benefits overview available at 


The selected candidate will be subject to a technical fingerprint check through the FBI Criminal Justice Information Services Division database as a condition of employment. Employment will be considered provisional until background check is completed and favorable suitability is determined.


An applicant must be a U.S. citizen or legally 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 those selected for all law clerk positions be eligible to work in the United States by reviewing one of the employment eligibility documents specified on Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification). Proof of eligibility status will be required.


Employees are required to use the Electronic Funds transfer (EFT) for payroll deposit.

The United States District Court for the District of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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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