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Thank you for your interest in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. The court seeks to promote diversity in the workplace and to create an environment that embraces and celebrates differences among gender, age, ethnic origins, different abilities and races.  This page lists current vacancies for all Northern California court locations.

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The first step in beginning your career search with the federal judiciary is to look for open jobs that match your skills, qualifications, and interests. Each posting includes a description of the position and the minimum required qualifications. Once you find a position of interest, visit “How to Apply” on “The Application Process” page.

Current Career Opportunities

All positions listed below will be open until filled (priority consideration given to applications received before the date listed).

 Priority Consideration Date
Death Penalty Law Clerk (San Francisco) (.pdf, 81 KB)

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California is seeking a full-time Death Penalty Law Clerk. The Death Penalty Law Clerk conducts research and assists the court in preparing orders and opinions in death penalty habeas and non-habeas cases, and performs other legal and administrative duties as assigned. The position is based in San Francisco, CA but telework arrangements may be considered. Priority consideration given to applicants who apply by 10/17/2022. Open until filled.

Temporary Judicial Law Clerk to Judge Westmore (Oakland) (.pdf, 152 KB)

The U.S. District Court, Northern CA, is seeking a temporary Judicial Law Clerk for U.S. Magistrate Judge Kandis Westmore in Oakland, CA. Duties include extensive legal research and writing on a full range of civil and criminal issues arising in federal court, as well as some administrative duties. Position will commence on March 20, 2023, for twenty (20) weeks to provide coverage for the career law clerk, who will be on parental leave. Open until filled.

Temporary Scanning Technician (San Francisco) (.pdf, 210 KB)

This entry-level position provides an opportunity to get an inside look at federal court operations. Our employees are dedicated, detail-oriented and have a passion for making the justice system work efficiently. The Scanning Technician will work primarily with the docketing unit and the jury department, scanning and uploading paper court filings from litigants and documents from prospective jurors. The Technician also provides administrative support and assistance to other parts of the office as needed. Priority consideration given to applicants who apply by 10/7/2022. Open until filled.

Official Court Reporters (San Francisco / Oakland) (.pdf, 115 KB)

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California is accepting applications for 4 Official Court Reporters in San Francisco and Oakland Divisional Offices. Court Reporters possess the following qualifications: Attending and recording verbatim proceedings held before United States district and magistrate judges, and transcribing those proceedings via Eclipse software upon request. Reading back the court record as required. Creating audio recordings (in addition to shorthand notes) of pleas, arraignments and proceedings in connection with the sentencing of criminal defendants. Transcribing digital audio records. Uploading shorthand notes, audio recordings, transcripts, reports and other documents. Working as part of a team of reporters for the judges of the court. Adhering to all requirements of the Court Reporter Management Plan for the District and the Guide to Judiciary Policy. Open Until Filled.

Applicants are requested to complete this Contract Court Reporter Application.

Solicitation for Court Reporting Services Blanket Purchase Agreement (.pdf, 439 KB)

This is a solicitation for proposals to enter into a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) for contracting court reporting services for the United States District Court - Northern District of California. The Court intends to award BPAs to one or more court reporters found to meet the court’s qualifications.

The Court reserves the right not to make any awards as a result of this solicitation. Award of a BPA does not guarantee that the contractor will receive orders for any particular aggregate dollar value, or in fact that any orders at all, for court reporting services.

Contractors responding to this solicitation should carefully review the Statement of Work, the minimum qualifications required, the court’s maximum transcript fee rates (non-negotiable including real-time feeds), and the BPA Terms and Conditions, all of which will be incorporated into any Blanket Purchase Agreement awarded under this solicitation.

Contractors wishing to be considered for this BPA must complete and return this Contract Court Reporter Application. Note, for each prospective contract court reporter, a minimum of 3 references must be identified for whom the reporter has performed work within 3-year period.

The solicitation will be open until the court has determined it has awarded enough BPAs to cover our reporting needs.

Any questions should be addressed in writing via email to the contracting officer, Helene_McVanner@cand.uscourts.gov.

Jury/Interpreter Clerk (San Francisco) (.pdf, 252 KB)

The U.S. District Court, Northern District of California is seeking qualified applicants to serve as a jury/interpreter clerk in its San Francisco Division. At the core of this job is a commitment to extraordinary customer service and to a fair judicial system. Open until filled (Priority consideration given to applicants who apply by 9/16/2022.)