Initial Posting Date:
$4,614 – $7,514
This application deadline has been extended to 11:59 p.m. PDT on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. If you have already applied, you do not need to apply again; however, in order to update any of your materials closer to the new deadline, (e.g. resume, transcripts) you must withdraw your application and re-apply.
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Do not wait until the last minute to apply; you have to request letters of recommendation from at least three persons, and due to academic calendars and workload, the more notice you give your recommenders, the more likely their letters will arrive by the deadline.
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Do not contact the appellate and tax courts directly about the law clerk recruitment. The Questions and Support section, located at the bottom of this posting, lists contact information.
Attention all 2Ls, 3Ls, and recent law school graduates
Oregon’s appellate and tax courts are hiring law clerks to start employment in August 2022.
Interviews are anticipated for October 21 – November 3, 2021, and are expected to be virtual due to the current and continuing impact of the pandemic on business operations. Some judges require an additional writing exercise as part of the interview process.
Who We Are
Within the Oregon Judicial Department, we are the appellate and tax courts of Oregon’s court system, with 20 total appellate justices or judges and 1 tax court judge.
As a separate and independent branch of government, our mission is to provide fair and accessible justice services that protect the rights of individuals, preserve community welfare, and inspire public confidence.
We welcome all candidates who are inspired by our work and mission.
Our Law Clerk Positions
Each judge or justice works with at least one law clerk, although both Oregon Supreme Court and Oregon Court of Appeals have hired “floater” clerk positions in the past, who provide extra support when needed. We don’t identify which judges are hiring, because some don’t hire from every recruitment. We encourage you to apply for all three courts.
These positions are limited duration, with a typical period of employment for two years. Occasionally, a judge or justice will agree (prior to start of employment) to employ a law clerk for a shorter period than two years. As a limited-duration employee, you have the same options for benefits as a permanent employee.
The Experience You Gain as Law Clerk
Some of the experience you gain may differ based on the court and the types of cases each court handles. However, you will spend a lot of your time researching and writing regardless for which court you work. You will research complex legal issues that arise in the course of cases on appeal. You will evaluate petitions for review requesting consideration of cases by the Oregon Supreme Court. You will discuss legal issues with judges and others (as appropriate). As a law clerk, you draft and edit opinions or memoranda to be used in preparing opinions. You prepare pre-argument case summaries or memoranda, summaries of opinions, proofread and check citations in opinions, and perform other related tasks when needed.
Most importantly, you will be furthering our mission of providing justice in a fair, thorough, and timely manner.
Who We Want and Need
We need strong thinkers and strong writers. We need law clerks who are good issue-spotters when researching complex legal issues. We expect our law clerks to handle and safeguard information that may be disturbing, controversial, or confidential. We need reliable performers, who want to come to work and learn as much as possible from us while here. We value diversity of thought that reflects the public we serve.
This is a full-time position, and the work schedule is 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. It is not eligible for overtime compensation for hours worked more than 40 per work week.
Occasional after-hours or overtime work may be required.
Occasional daytime and overnight travel may be required.
Long periods of sitting at a computer reading and researching both hard copy and electronic materials is required.
You must have a current driver’s license and an acceptable driving record or be able to provide an acceptable alternate means of transportation.
This is a conventional office environment with the necessary equipment and technology tools available. The incumbent must be familiar, experienced, and comfortable using a full array of current technology tools and office software programs for accessing and performing work and research and for communications on and off the worksite.
QUALIFICATIONS, REQUIRED & REQUESTED SKILLS
You must have a Juris Doctor degree (or equivalent) from an ABA-accredited law school by the start date of employment.
Requested Skills and Attributes
You must complete and submit your application, respond to all parts of each application question, and attach the requested documents as instructed below. Failure to follow these instructions may result in your application materials being removed from consideration or in receiving a lower score during evaluation. Only documents specifically requested in the Attachment Instructions below will be considered.
You must demonstrate, in your application materials, how your work experience and education meet the minimum qualifications, special qualifications, and requested skills and attributes, if listed above. Additionally, your experience described in the answers to the questions or attachments, must be reflected in the Job History portion of your application.
You will need to submit all required documents to be considered for a law clerk position:
Provide one cover letter that explains your interest working for Oregon’s appellate or tax courts and how your cumulative experience (employment, education, training, volunteerism) has prepared you for this position. Your cover letter must not exceed two pages. Address your letter Dear Hiring Manager. Do not address your cover letter to a specific judge or justice, unless you will ONLY work for that judge or justice (keep in mind, that judge or justice may not be hiring this cycle).
Provide a resume that includes academic highlights, honors, and any extracurricular activities in college and law school, in addition to any relevant accomplishments in a business or professional setting. Your resume should include your GPA and class rank for both undergraduate and law schools. Indicate if not applicable.
Provide both undergraduate and law school transcripts (unofficial and to-date is acceptable; official transcripts are often protected and do not work as well within our system once attached).
Provide a writing sample.
The sample must not exceed 10 pages, and a sample of 5 – 7 pages is encouraged. Your sample should demonstrate substantive analysis. You must certify the sample is your own work with a simple statement at the start of the document.
Letters of recommendation
OJD requires at least three (3) letters of recommendation. Some judges will not consider candidates who do not have all of their letters submitted by interview. Please submit letters as soon as possible.
We allow letters from candidates directly and from the authors or the authors’ academic institutions. The requirements for each type of submission are:
If sent by the law clerk candidate, letters must be attached to the electronic application along with documents identified in steps 1 – 4 above. If sent by the author, the author’s delegate, or the candidate’s academic institution, letters of recommendation must be postmarked or emailed by the application deadline on the job posting.
Addresses for letters of recommendation submitted separately from the electronic application are:
United States Postal Service (USPS):
Law Clerk Recommendation
OJD Human Resource Services Division
1163 State Street
Salem, OR 97301
OJD Email (recommended for fastest processing):
subject line: Law Clerk Recommendation
OJD Human Resource Services Division will send an email notification between by September 15, 2021 if we have not received one or more of your letters of recommendation. If we have received three (3) letters for you already, we will send no notification.
All application materials will be evaluated for grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
Criminal Background Check
You will be subject to a criminal background check if you are a finalist. Adverse results are evaluated on a case-by-case basis and may result in disqualification if the circumstances are directly related to the duties and responsibilities of the position.
United States Employment Eligibility
OJD does not offer visa sponsorships. If you are hired, you will be required to fill out the US Department of Homeland Security’s I-9 form confirming you are able to work in the US.
Apply now if you are interested in this or future vacancies. This job announcement may be used to fill future vacancies in this class of work.
Eligible veterans who meet the qualifications will be given preference in the recruitment process. To receive preference, veterans must attach the appropriate documentation after they receive an email in their Workday in box requesting the information to verify eligibility. The action item, asking veterans to attach their documentation, will arrive after they have submitted their initial application materials. Visit the Oregon job opportunities Veterans web page for additional details, information, and resources.
Because of the Oregon Judicial Department’s role in providing justice and upholding the rule of law, employees of the Department are required to meet the highest standards of professional conduct and ethics while on the job, and also to maintain those same high standards when taking actions in their personal lives that could reflect on the Department.
Click here to access information specific to Oregon Judicial Department employee benefits.
Questions and Support
Contact OJD’s Human Resource Services Division for questions about this application process, application materials, or other information. Email is best for questions. Please allow up to 24 hours response time.
If you require an alternate format to complete the application process, call 503-986-5930, or TTY: Oregon Relay Service 711 for the hearing impaired. Be prepared to describe the alternate format needed.
Workday related information and resources are available at https://www.oregon.gov/jobs/Pages/index.aspx.
THE OREGON JUDICIAL DEPARTMENT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY, AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER COMMITTED TO WORK FORCE DIVERSITY.