Term and/or Career Law Clerk for a U.S. Magistrate Judge – Topeka

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Position Title:            Term or Career Law Clerk – Vacancy # T19-2

No. of Positions:        1-2

Location:                    Topeka, Kansas

Closes:                        Open until filled. Application review begins February 2019.

Start Date:                 Approximately April 2019

Salary Range:            $61,218 – $134,886 (JSP 11-14) depending on qualifications

                                    and prior federal service            


POSITION OVERVIEW: The judicial law clerk researches issues of law, writes extensively, attends and assists with initial preparation for court proceedings, performs case management responsibilities, and acts as advisor, making recommendations based on the law, to a United States Magistrate Judge.



  • Graduate of an ABA-accredited law school
  • Top 25% of law school class
  • Member of the bar of any state
  • Superior analytical, research, and writing skills with a high level of attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal skills, professionalism, and ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to draft orders and other documents efficiently, thoroughly, and timely while meeting deadlines
  • Possess good judgment, initiative, and the ability to work independently and to prioritize and manage multiple tasks


  • Top 5% of law school class
  • Law review or other noteworthy journal experience, especially on the editorial board
  • Post-law school legal experience, such as prior federal law clerk experience or civil litigation experience

BENEFITS: Term law clerks may participate in Federal Employees Health Insurance Program, Group Life Insurance Program, Long Term Care insurance and Flexible Spending Accounts. Career law clerks are additionally eligible to participate in the federal employee retirement system and Thrift Savings Plan.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Qualified candidates may apply by sending a cover letter, resume with GPA, class standing, law school transcript (unofficial or official), writing sample, and the name of two professional references as a single PDF document to: ksd_recruitment@ksd.uscourts.gov. Please indicate if you are interested in either a 1-2 year term clerkship or a career clerkship.




The Court reserves the right to modify the conditions of this job announcement or to withdraw the job announcement, any of which actions may occur without any prior written notice. This position is subject to mandatory favorable background checks. The U.S. Courts require employees to adhere to a Code of Ethics and Conduct, Due to the volume of applications received, the Court may only communicate to those individuals who will be interviewed for open positions. Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid. Applicants must be United States citizens or eligible to work for the United States Government.

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U.S. Federal Court District of Kansas