Law Clerk

Washington, D.C
Feb 03, 2023
Feb 09, 2023
Full Time

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.

This appointment is for one year.

The DC Courts have employed many measures to keep employees and court users as safe as possible, including mandatory face coverings, enhanced air circulation, and intensified cleaning services. We encouraged employees to get vaccinated for their safety and the safety of their family, friends, colleagues, and others with whom they have contact. Vaccinations, being readily available, provide the best protection from infection with COVID-19, and the requirement of vaccinations is consistent with maintaining a safe and secure workplace. Therefore, effective immediately and throughout the remainder of the COVID-19 emergency period, all DC Courts employees, interns, volunteers, and on-site contractors, who have received a vaccination as required by the COVID-19 vaccination protocols, must provide proof of vaccination to Human Resources on the first day of employment. You may seek an exemption from providing a proof of vaccination on the grounds of a specific medical condition or a sincerely held religious belief. All employees who have not received the required number of vaccination doses, regardless of the reason or whether the employee has sought or been granted an exemption, will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 test result on a weekly basis in order to report to work in person or remotely.


Conditions of Employment

  • A background and/or security investigation is required.
  • This position is an Excepted Service appointment.

To qualify for this position, you must submit the following:
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Completed Vacancy Questionnaire
  • Documentation/Proof of Education (e.g. college transcript or law degree)
  • Writing Sample

  • All required information must be received by the closing date.


    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.

    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.


    To qualify based on education, upload a copy of your college 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.

    Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for District of Columbia Courts employment. You can verify your education here:

    Foreign Education: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must upload a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript at time of application to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit:

    Additional information

    This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive Federal civil service.

    All required information must be received by the vacancy announcement closing date.