Staff Attorney

Judicial Branch, U.S. Courts
Washington D.C.
Dec 15, 2016
Apr 05, 2017
Full Time

The Legal Division of the Office of the Clerk, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, has openings for highly qualified attorneys to serve as staff attorneys to the full court. One position is available starting immediately, and one is available starting in May.  More than two positions may be filled from this announcement. Persons who applied for Announcement USCA-16-08 need not reapply to be considered for these positions. Each position is for a two-year term.

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  • Position is open until filled
  • Starting salary is dependent upon qualifications
  • The caseload of the D.C. Circuit involves virtually every area of federal law, and is unique in the number of cases filed against the executive branch.  Because staff attorneys must be able to advise the judges on difficult, varied, and important legal issues, the court is highly selective in its hiring. The court is looking for individuals who have demonstrated the ability to research and analyze complex legal issues in depth and to express themselves clearly, both orally and in writing.

    At a minimum, applicants must possess a J.D. degree.  A judicial clerkship or internship, law review membership, or comparable legal research and writing experience is desirable.  Litigation experience is advantageous.  Graduation in the top 25% of your law school class is preferred.

    Applicants must be a member of the bar of a state or the District of Columbia, and have at least one year of relevant experience after graduation from law school.


    Because the D.C. Circuit entertains a large number of high-profile and sealed cases, staff attorneys are subject to strict confidentiality requirements.

    In addition, your continued employment is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background records check. A full background investigation for a security clearance may be required.

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