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Staff Attorneys must be able to convey the results of legal research in a clear, concise, and objective manner to the judges of the Second Circuit; draft, proofread, and edit legal documents with accuracy and speed; manage their time effectively in order to meet tight deadlines; and confidently recommend dispositions.


A successful applicant must have outstanding academic credentials, and superior skills in analysis, research, writing, and editing. Applicants should have a strong interest in criminal law and procedure, administrative law, immigration law, employment law, and/or civil rights issues. Prior federal court experience, including judicial internships, is preferred. Law review or other legal publication experience is strongly preferred.


A complete application package contains a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, two writing samples (unedited by another person), and contact information for three references (at least one of whom can comment on your writing).


The Staff Attorney's Office begins interviewing candidates every September through the on-campus recruiting programs at the following law schools: Brooklyn, Cardozo, Columbia, Cornell, Fordham, New York Law School, and New York University. Candidates from other law schools may submit their applications via the Online System for Clerkship Application and Review (OSCAR) website at, or through the Northeast Black Law Students Association career fair.


Applicants must be U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents seeking citizenship under 8 U.S.C. § 1324b(a)(3)(B). For details about the citizenship requirements for employment in the federal judiciary, click here. Those selected for the position are subject to a background check. The federal judiciary is an equal opportunity employer.



Last modified at 12/3/2013

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