Law Clerk Program


It is the policy of U.S. Tax Court, as an equal opportunity employer, to attract and retain the best-qualified people available, without regard to race, gender, religion, national origin, age, or disability.

Law clerk positions are filled as vacancies occur, and many are filled by applicants who participate in the Court’s annual “Law Clerk Interview Day”, which occurs each Fall. A few weeks prior to Law Clerk Interview Day, the Court posts on its website the instructions for submitting applications to the Judges participating in this event. The Court also will notify law school career services offices about Law Clerk Interview Day. Candidates may submit application packets to one or more participating Judge.

Law clerk vacancies also may occur throughout the year. Below is a list of Judges and Special Trial Judges currently recruiting for law clerks. Click each Judge's name to view their biography which may contain Additional Information or Requirements for Law Clerk Applicants. More information and specific application requirements are provided in the Application Procedure section below.


Qualifications and Compensation

Law clerks must be a law school graduate. While bar admission is not required at the time of appointment, law clerks must have passed the bar within 14 months of their appointment. In addition, not later than 24 months after their initial appointment, and thereafter during their service at the Tax Court, law clerks must be admitted to practice before the highest court of a state or the District of Columbia and in good standing.

The Judges of the United States Tax Court are primarily interested in the superior law school graduate who has completed Federal tax law courses and plans to practice in this specialized field. There is particular interest in a graduate who has worked on a law review and graduated in the upper one-third of his/her law school class. Some Judges, but not all, prefer candidates with an LL.M. degree in taxation or who have completed one year of professional experience in the Federal tax field.

Appointments typically begin at the Grade GS-11 level on the Government pay scale, but may be higher depending on the education level and professional experience of a candidate.

The decision to make an offer, and the terms of the offer, are left to the discretion of each Judge.


Security and Character Investigations

All appointments are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a background, credit, and tax check.


Insurance and Retirement Plans

Benefits available to employees include health insurance and life insurance. Employees also participate in the benefits of the Government's Federal Employee's Retirement System, which includes the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP).


Leave

Law clerks without prior Government service are entitled to 13 days of annual leave and 13 days of sick leave for each year. Any leave balances remaining at the conclusion of the law clerk appointment are forfeited.


Application Procedure

Please review the list of Judges and Special Trial Judges currently recruiting for Law Clerks prior to submitting your application. Click each Judge's name to view Additional Information or Requirements for Law Clerk Applicants.

To apply, send a cover letter, a complete resume, and a copy of your law school transcript. A legal writing sample, preferably in the tax field, should also accompany the application materials. All documents should be submitted in PDF format.

Questions concerning the application process may be directed to the Court's Office of Human Resources at (202) 521-4700.

Technical Questions?

For assistance with DAWSON, view the FAQs and other materials here. To contact the Webmaster for technical issues or problems with the website, send an email to webmaster@ustaxcourt.gov. No documents can be filed with the Court at this email address.

Other Questions?

For all non-technical questions, contact the Office of the Clerk of the Court at (202) 521-0700.


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