Chambers Career Opportunities

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

  • The Court is not authorized to reimburse travel expenses for interviews or relocation.
  • Applicants called in for an interview for the Clerk’s Office may be given tests to determine their level of skill.
  • Final successful candidates are subject to a FBI fingerprint check and background investigation.

This page lists current Chambers vacancies for all Northern California court locations.

 Priority Consideration Date
Judicial Law Clerk for Magistrate Judge Virginia DeMarchi (.pdf, 211 KB)

Magistrate Judge Virginia K. DeMarchi with the Northern District of California 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 September 2, 2025, and continues until September 2, 2026, unless extended.
Applicants must have exceptional research, writing, organizational, and communication skills, and demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team. Applicants with prior litigation work experience are encouraged to apply.

Judicial Law Clerk to Judge Trina L. Thompson (.pdf, 119 KB)

Judge Trina L. Thompson of the Northern District of California, San Francisco courthouse, is currently accepting applications for term clerk positions to begin March 2024, and to continue through August 2024. Judge Thompson is also accepting applications for 9-month term clerk positions to begin in November 2024. Chambers will begin reviewing applications as received, and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. Early application is to your advantage.
Applicants should possess a strong academic record; excellent research, writing, and communications skills; the ability to work both independently and with a team in a fast-paced environment while exhibiting kindness and integrity at all times; a strong work ethic; and dedication to the fair and equal administration of justice. Applicants with at least a year of prior experience in litigation practice and/or a federal clerkship are preferred. Writing samples should be no longer than twenty pages, and must be your own writing without significant substantive editing by others. Please do not mail hard-copy applications or letters of recommendation to chambers unless directed to do so. Priority cut-off date is March 22, 2024. Interviews may be conducted before the priority cut-off date.

Applying for Judicial Clerkships

To apply for Judicial Clerkships visit the Online System for Clerkship Application and Review (OSCAR) ( …), which simplifies the law clerk application process, enabling judges and chambers staff to sort and screen applications electronically, print selected application packages, and communicate with applicants via email.

Applying for Judicial Externships

Visit Applying for Judicial Externships for details on how to apply for externships through the CAND Externship Application Dashboard.

Applying for Judicial Assistant’s Roles