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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.
Writing assignments are due October 15, 2021 and the interviews will be conducted in late October through early November. Interviews 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.
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.