Career Opportunities

(For all Northern California court locations)

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.

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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
Judicial Law Clerk to Magistrate Judge Virginia K. DeMarchi (San Jose) (.pdf, 75 KB)

Magistrate Judge Virginia K. DeMarchi is accepting applications for a judicial law clerk position in San Jose, California. Principal duties include extensive legal research and writing on a full range of civil issues arising in federal court. The position begins in mid-May 2021 and continues for one year. See the attached announcement for more information.

Pro Se Law Clerk (Full-Time) (.pdf, 166 KB)

The U.S. District Court, Northern CA, is seeking a Pro Se Law Clerk. The Pro Se Law Clerk screens civil rights complaints and habeas corpus petitions filed by prisoners not represented by counsel, conducts legal research and assists the court in preparing orders and opinions in these cases, and performs other legal and administrative duties as assigned. The position is based in San Francisco, CA. For more information, see the attached vacancy announcement.

Chief Deputy of Administration (.pdf, 146 KB)

The Chief Deputy of Administration is a senior executive-level position that reports to the Clerk of Court, has regular interaction with federal judges, high-level officials, court staff, the public, and federal agencies, and is responsible for the management of all court administration functions. See the attached announcement for more information.

Relief Courtroom Deputy Clerk (San Francisco) (.pdf, 120 KB)

The courtroom deputy clerk provides administrative support in and out of the courtroom to judges when the regularly assigned courtroom deputy is not available. This position calls for accuracy, diplomacy, and sensitivity in dealing with judges, attorneys, members of government agencies, and the general public. See the attached announcement for more information.

Pro Tem Court Reporter BPA Forms Packet (.pdf, 320 KB)