U.S. Courts

Court Attorney

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  • Full Time
  • $76,535 - $147,946/year
  • Philadelphia, PA
June 4, 2024 Attorney

Job Description

The Clerk's Office of the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit invites applications from qualified individuals for the position of Court Attorney.


The incumbent provides legal guidance and direction for the procedural management of the Court's caseload by performing the following duties:

  • Drafts Clerk's procedural orders which facilitate case management.
  • Conducts the initial screening of cases.
  • Conducts legal research and drafts memoranda to the court on jurisdictional and other legal issues.
  • Provides legal memoranda and procedural information to the court in emergency matters.
  • Responds to inquiries from litigants and attorneys.
  • Reviews filings for compliance and provides procedural and docketing directions to case managers.

  • $76,535 - $147,946/year
Conditions of Employment

Must be a United States citizen or must meet the requirements established by current appropriations law. Positions with the U.S. Courts are excepted service appointments. Excepted service appointments are "At-Will" and can be terminated with or without cause. Employees will be hired provisionally pending the results of a background check. Direct deposit of pay is required.

Qualifications Applicants must have a Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school. Admission to practice before the highest court of a state or commonwealth of the United States is required for appointments at CL 29. Up to two years of progressively responsible specialized experience in the practice of law, legal research, legal administration, or equivalent experience, gained after graduation from law school, is required. A successful candidate must possess the following particular skills and abilities: knowledge of appellate practice and procedure; ability to analyze complex legal questions and provide proposed solutions; strong written and oral communication skills; the ability to work quickly and accurately, and to prioritize among competing demands. Education Please read the "Qualifications" section. Required Documents

Please read the "How to Apply" section.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

How to Apply

Submit résumé, cover letter, copy of law school transcripts, short writing sample (no more than 10 pages and edited by the applicant only), and references on-line via Only candidates selected for an interview will be notified. The Court reserves the right to modify the conditions of this job announcement, or to withdraw the announcement, any of which may occur without prior written or other notice.


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