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 JUDICIAL LAW CLERK - Arlington, Virginia, United States

Job information
Posted by: Arlington County 
Hiring entity type: Government 
Work authorization: Not Specified for United States
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: ******
Benefits: See below
Relocation: Not specified 
Position functions: Government
Travel: Unspecified 
Accept candidates: from anywhere 
Languages: English - Fluent
Minimum education: See below 
Minimum years experience: See below 
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: No cover letter requested
Job code: 3148711 / Latpro-3805551 
Date posted: Jul-14-2021
State, Zip: Virginia, 22234



$69,303.05 Annually


Arlington *METRO Accessible *, VA

Job Type



Circuit Court Judicial Office

Job Number



8/3/2021 11:59 PM Eastern

Position Information

Arlington County Circuit Court is seeking multiple Judicial Law Clerks to work closely with an assigned Circuit Court Judge or other judges as assigned, to provide legal support in areas including research, writing, docket management and preparation for motions and trials, and to work with the Circuit Court's Chambers staff and the Circuit Court's Clerk's Office.

Specific duties include:

  • Drafting legal memoranda for the judges as requested and assigned;
  • Researching legal issues, questions raised in, or presented to the Circuit Court, and reviewing case files;
  • Using an electronic database and electronic filing system to retrieve and connect various pleadings to matters currently pending before the court;
  • Reviewing uncontested divorce cases, expungement matters, and orders presented to the court for entry;
  • Facilitating the Friday civil motions and the ore tenus (uncontested divorce) dockets;
  • Using available technology to obtain case information and to retrieve documents for appeals from the General District Court and the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court;
  • Communicating and interacting regularly, in a non-ex parte manner, with counsel and self-represented litigants regarding matters pending before the court to schedule cases and motions; and
  • Ensuring that orders are submitted accurately in compliance with applicable statutory requirements, the Rules of the Virginia Supreme Court, and the Court's Local Rules and Preferred Practices.

The successful candidate will possess effective oral and written communications skills; strong organizational and analytical skills; and knowledge of common law, state and federal law and precedent court decisions.

Arlington County Circuit Court
Located directly across from the Courthouse Metro Station, the office overlooks the Potomac River and the National Mall in Washington D.C., the Arlington Circuit Court is a Virginia state trial court that deals with all legal issues. The Judicial Chambers is composed of four Circuit Court Judges, four judicial law clerks, and four administrative staff persons. For more information please click here .
Selection Criteria


  • Currently enrolled in last year of law school or Juris Doctorate Degree was conferred within the past calendar year. See special requirements below; and/or
  • Anticipated candidate for any State bar exam. 

Desirable : Preference will be given to applicants with experience in the following:
a) Anticipated Virginia State Bar Examination
b) Legal research procedures;
c) Analyzing statutes and appellate case law; and/or
d) Preparing legal memoranda or briefs.

Special Requirements

Paper applications will not be accepted or considered. 

  • Please attach a copy of your current resume.
  • Please attach a copy of your law school transcript.
  • Please attach a copy of a writing sample.

Additional Information

This recruitment is for four (4) one year Judicial Clerkships starting approximately August 2022 through August 2023 .

A resume may be attached, however, it will not substitute for the completed application.  Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are required for this position.  Please do not give "see resume" as a response to the questions.  Incomplete applications will not be considered

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website: (see application details)

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement:  a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457).  The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County.  You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan.  General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan. 

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan.  The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit.  New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above.  They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays. 

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments: 
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


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