Term Law Clerk



Opening Date:

September 20, 2021


San Francisco

Closing Date:

Open until filled

Start date

September 1, 2022

End Date:

August 30, 2024


$78,861, JS 11/01 - $112,400, JS 13/01*
Salary dependent on experience and qualifications.

*May be eligible for a higher step based on the highest rate of base pay previously received in a federal civilian position.

The Honorable Hannah L. Blumenstiel, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of California, San Francisco Division, is accepting resumes for the position of term law clerk.  Duties include researching a variety of legal issues, drafting memoranda and opinions, reviewing orders, and handling day-to-day law clerk assignments.

Preference will be given to applicants with relevant experience from judicial clerkships, law firms, and/or government service, and to applicants with experience in bankruptcy law and procedure.  Current law students may apply (but any offer will be subject to the applicant fulfilling the conditions set forth below).  Recent law school graduates and attorneys with fewer than two years of relevant experience should have graduated in the top 25% of their class.

Applicant must be a law school graduate (or be certified as having completed all law school studies and requirements and merely awaiting conferment of degree) from a law school of recognized standing, and have one or more of the following attributes:

(1) Graduation from a law school on the approved list of either the American Bar Association, the Association of American Law Schools, or accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California;

(2) Experience on the editorial board of a law review of such a school;

(3) Graduation from such a school with an LLM degree; or

(4) Demonstrated proficiency in legal studies which, in the opinion of the appointing judge, is the equivalent of one of the above.

  • One year of post-graduate legal work experience and bar membership are required to qualify for JS-12 salary.
  • Two years of post-graduate legal work experience and bar membership are required to qualify for a JS-13.

Legal work experience:  Progressively responsible experience in the practice of law, or in positions requiring legal research and analysis, legal administration, or equivalent experience, received after graduation from law school.  Major or substantial legal activities while on military duty may be credited, on a month-for-month basis, whether before or after graduation, but not to exceed one year if before graduation from law school.

Employees of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court are not included in the government’s Civil Service classification.  However, they are entitled so the same benefits as other federal government employees.  For a list of benefits please visit our Benefits at a Glance at http://www.canb.uscourts.gov/jobs .


Please submit via OSCAR (i) a cover letter highlighting relevant experience, (ii) resume, (iii) law school transcript, and (iv) writing sample.  References will be requested if you are selected for an interview.

Applicants who are non-United States citizens must meet the requirements for federal employment.  Only qualified applicants will be considered for this position.  Relocation expenses will not be reimbursed. Applicants selected for interviews must travel at their own expense.  The court will, however, conduct video interviews for applicants located outside the Bay Area and for local applicants if required for health or safety concerns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The court may close this announcement at any time, and therefore recommends the submission of applications as soon as possible.  Judge Blumenstiel will schedule and conduct interviews as soon as qualified applicants are identified.  At least one of Judge Blumenstiel’s current law clerks, and possibly other chambers staff, will participate in all interviews. 

As a condition of employment, the selected candidate will be subject to a background check, and a mandatory electronic direct deposit of salary payment.  All court employees are at will, and therefore the selected candidate may be removed from this position at any time if, after reasonable on-the-job training, the selected candidate fails to perform at a satisfactory level.  In addition, employees are required to adhere to the Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees.

The court reserves the right to modify the conditions of this job announcement, to withdraw this job announcement, or to fill the position sooner than the closing date (if a closing date is shown); any of these actions may occur without prior written notice.  The court will communicate only with those qualified applicants selected for interview.  If you are not notified, please understand that another applicant was selected.

The United States Bankruptcy Court is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.