Full Time Positions
The District Court of Maryland has positions available in designated districts for judicial law clerks to provide legal support to District Court judges. This is a unique opportunity to put your legal skills to work, learn court operations from the inside out, and gain invaluable "real life" practical experience while working in a challenging, high volume, highly-variable and fast-paced environment. You will work with several judges in varying court locations and gain exposure in your own legal community. The normal contractual term is from September 1 through August 30.
Responsibilities include conducting legal research, drafting memoranda/proposed orders/opinions for District Court judges. Assignments may also include assisting administrative judge with issues relating to special programs (drug court, ADR, domestic violence, etc.); working with prosecutors, bar, and support agencies to coordinate case management improvements; reviewing and summarizing case files; organizing evidence; calculating damages for complex cases; responding to attorneys and self-represented litigants. Frequent intrastate travel among court locations within the geographic district is required. Incumbents can also expect to interact heavily with the Administrative Judge, District Court Judges, attorneys, the public, local court-related agencies and service providers on a regular basis.
Selected candidates with a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from an accredited law school will be paid $16.86/hour. Those enrolled in, but not graduated from, an accredited law school will be paid $15.32/hour. These are contractual positions and do not include State benefits. Those selected must be knowledgeable of Maryland law and procedure, and of the function and jurisdiction of the District Court of Maryland. Candidates must: be computer proficient and be experienced in the use of word processing software (preferably WordPerfect or Word); be proficient in performing all types of legal research, including on-line and web-based research; have sound logic, excellent organizational, problem solving, communications and interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to compose written reports and business/legal correspondence. Law clerks must have reliable transportation and be available for intrastate travel as needed.
District One: Baltimore City
District Four: Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's Counties
District Five: Prince George's County
District Six: Montgomery County
District Seven: Anne Arundel
District Eight: Baltimore County
District Ten: Carroll and Howard
District Eleven: Frederick and Washington Counties
District Twelve: Allegany and Garrett
Circuit and Appellate Courts
For appellate clerkships, contact the individual judges.
The current salary for circuit court law clerks is $37,440 for clerks who have not been admitted to the Maryland bar, and $42,930 for clerks who are a member of the Maryland bar.
The current salary for newly appointed appellate clerks is $44,620.
The Maryland Judiciary
The Administrative Office of the Courts
Human Resources Department
580 Taylor Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21401
FAX: (410) 974-2849