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Opportunity Title: Temporary Law Clerk
Location: Denver
Department: U.S. District Court - District of Colorado
Posted Date: 01/13/2020
Closing Date: 03/31/2020
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Brief Description

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



POSITION TYPE: Full-time position (Temporary)


JSP 11 - $70,181 – (must be a law school graduate)

JSP 12 - $84,118 (requires 1 year legal experience plus bar membership)

JSP 13 - $100,027 (requires 2 years legal experience and bar membership)

OPEN DATE: January 13, 2020

CLOSING DATE: Open until filled; preference given to applications received by March 31, 2020

LOCATION: Denver, Colorado

Position Overview:

The U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado is seeking a Temporary Judicial Law Clerk in the Chambers of U.S. Magistrate Judge Nina Y. Wang. Duty station is located at 901 19th Street, Denver, CO. The position will commence on the applicant’s start date and extend for a term of three months. The Court prefers a start date nearest to June 1, 2020, with an end date of September 4, 2020. The incumbent 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.

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 above.

Preferred Qualifications:

Judge Nina Y. Wang strongly prefers applicants with the following qualifications:

• Two-years or more of legal work experience after graduation from law school, and/or

• Prior experience as a federal court law clerk after graduation from law school, and.

• Experience on the editorial board of a law review of such a school.

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 month-for-month basis whether before or after graduation, but not to exceed one year if before graduation from law school.

How to Apply:

Submit application package on OSCAR at:

Application package must include the following:

• Cover letter describing your legal experience and why you believe you are well-suited to the position in our Chambers;

• A detailed and up-to-date resume.

• Two substantial writing samples which reflect no more than de minimis editing by a third person;

• Three professional references (including current telephone numbers) Letters of recommendation should not be submitted at this time, and

• Application for Judicial Employment AO 78 (Application found at: Save and upload application through OSCAR.

Conditions of Employment:

Must be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident seeking U.S. citizenship. The appointment is “at will” and contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation. Temporary Law Clerks are not eligible for benefits. Employees are subject to the Judicial Code of Conduct. *Full qualifications and contact information can be found via the full posting at



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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