Current Job Opportunity
August 25, 2017
Open Until Filled
Law Clerk - District Court
Fourth District Court of Appeal, West Palm Beach, Florida
$45,817.20 Annually *The successful candidate will be hired at the minimum salary.
The successful applicant will report to the Director of Central Staff and will be part of a team of eleven attorneys who
comprise the Central Staff Department. Work involves considerable interpretation and judgment in the analysis of a variety
of legal issues brought before the court. Working relationships are established primarily with judges, other law clerks,
the Clerk and secretarial staff within the court. Work is performed under the direction and general supervision of a Judge
and is reviewed in progress as required and upon completion.
*Central Staff Attorneys serve as law clerks to all the judges and work on a variety of matters for the Court. Attorneys are supervised by the Chief Judge and the Director of Central Staff. Two-year commitment required.
Review case records and filings. Prepare legal memoranda with summaries of facts and arguments. Analyze legal issues. Conduct legal research. Draft orders and opinions. Complete assignments within deadlines. Discuss legal analysis with judges and staff. Review proposed opinions of the Court before release.
Education and Training Guidelines
Graduation from an accredited law school and membership in the Florida Bar.
Graduate from an accredited law school preferably in the upper 10% of law school class with law review or comparable experience preferred.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Exceptional legal research and writing skills, the ability to discern and analyze complex legal issues, and an ability to write clearly, succinctly and effectively are absolutely required. Familiarity with appellate jurisdiction, practice, and procedure is desirable. Experience with extraordinary writ petitions, non-final appeals, and post-conviction law is preferred.
How to Apply
Submit a State of Florida application, cover letter, resume, a writing sample and references, to CSAttorney4DCA@flcourts.org. The subject line of the email must read: “Central Staff Attorney Application”. ONLY those application emails with the correct subject line will be considered. PLEASE NOTE: APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED THROUGH PEOPLE FIRST.
State of Florida applications are available at the Fourth District Court of Appeal or by accessing the web site: http://www.4dca.org.
Serious inquiries only. Applicant is subject to a background check.
THE FOURTH DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND DOES NOT INVIDIOUSLY DISCRIMINATE IN THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT ON THE GROUNDS OF RACE, RELIGION, SEX, AGE, ETHNIC ORIGIN, PHYSICAL IMPAIRMENT, OR ANY OTHER GROUND FORBIDDEN BY LAW.
Note: If you need an accommodation in order to participate in the application and selection process, please call 561-242-2000 in advance.
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