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U.S. District Court, MN: Pro Se Law Clerk

11 Jun 2018 3:10 PM | Priscila Barron Sanchez (Administrator)

United States District Court

District of Minnesota

Career Opportunity: Part-Time Pro Se Law Clerk

Vacancy Announcement #2018-19


The U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, serves the 87 Minnesota counties. The District has four staffed divisional offices located in Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Duluth, and Fergus Falls. The U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota is composed of seven authorized district judges, six senior district judges, eight magistrate judges, one part-time magistrate judge, Clerk’s Office staff, and Probation and Pretrial Services Office staff.

Position Details

Title and Type:

Pro Se Law Clerk, Part-time. (Annual appointment subject to funding.)




Saint Paul, Minnesota

Posting Date:

Friday, June 8, 2018


JSP 11 - 14

Salary Range:

$32,731.50 - $71,666

Depending on qualifications.

Closing Date: Open until filled. Preference will be given to resumes received by Friday, June 22, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. Central Time.

Area of Consideration: Open to all sources.

Vacancy Announcement #: 2018-19

To apply, qualified applications should follow the instructions below:

- Attach one PDF document, containing

- A cover letter;

- Resume; and

- Names and contact information for three (3) professional references.

- Add “Pro Se Law Clerk" in the email subject line.

- Email the PDF document to:



The U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota is seeking a part-time (20-hours per week) Pro Se Law Clerk. The Pro Se Law Clerk will work primarily with prisoner habeas corpus and civil rights actions, and cases in which a plaintiff applies for in forma pauperis (IFP) status.

This position is subject to funding based on caseload. Based on current data, funding for the position is expected to last at least until December 2020 and may be renewed thereafter, depending upon availability of funds.


  • Conduct substantive review and screening of all new prisoner pleadings, (habeas corpus petitions and civil rights complaints) and all new cases in which a plaintiff files an IFP application, and make recommendations for appropriate disposition.
  • Perform research and prepare draft orders, reports, and recommendations.
  • Assist with IFP applications for appeals.
  • Provide advice to Clerk’s Office and Chambers staff on prisoner cases and IFP matters.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • A J.D. degree with standing in the upper one-third of the class from a law school that is accredited by the American Bar Association.
  • Law review experience, moot court experience, publication of a noteworthy article in a law school publication or other scholarly publication, or prior legal employment is preferred.
  • A background in prisoner habeas corpus and civil rights actions, and knowledge of the Prison Litigation Reform Act and the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act are preferred.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to prioritize work are required.

United States District Court

District of Minnesota


  • Work is performed in an office setting.
  • Some travel may be required.


Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents seeking U.S. citizenship. Noncitizens must execute an affidavit indicating their intent to apply for citizenship when they become eligible to do so. Judiciary employees serve under excepted appointments, and are considered “at-will” and may be terminated with or without cause or notice by the court.

The United States District Court requires employees to adhere to a Code of Conduct Policy. This position is also subject to mandatory Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) for payroll deposit.

The final candidate is subject to FBI Fingerprinting and a background investigation, including criminal history. Employment is provisional and contingent upon a successful background check.


  • The opportunity to serve in a rewarding public service position.
  • Accrual of paid vacation and sick leave.
  • Paid federal holidays.
  • Extensive health, life, dental, vision, and long-term care insurance plans.
  • A defined benefit pension plan.
  • On-site fitness centers.
  • Traditional (pre-tax) and Roth (after-tax) retirement savings and investment plans through the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) with employer matching contributions.
  • Pre-tax transportation, medical, and childcare reimbursement accounts.
  • Telework, alternative work schedules, and other workplace flexibilities.

Employees of the U.S. District Court are not classified under Civil Service.


All application materials received will be reviewed to identify the best qualified candidates. Only applicants selected to proceed to the next phase of the selection process will be notified.

The U.S. District Court reserves the right to modify the conditions of this job announcement, to withdraw the announcement, and to fill the position sooner than the closing date, if a closing date is shown, any of which actions may occur without prior written notice.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

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