LAW CLERK Job at Arlington County, VA, Arlington, VA

  • Arlington County, VA
  • Arlington, VA

Job Description

Salary: $61,942.40 - $96,033.60 Annually

Location : Arlington, VA

Job Type: Full-Time Permanent (OS)

Job Number: 9420-25A-CWA-HQ

Department: Commonwealth's Attorney

Division: CWA Deputy/Asst Commonwealth Attorneys

Opening Date: 06/28/2024

Closing Date: 7/11/2024 11:59 PM Eastern

Position Information

Arlington County's Commonwealth's Attorney's Office is seeking a full-time Law Clerk to work closely with the Commonwealth's Attorney and Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney to provide legal administrative support in areas including case review and legal research.

Arlington County's Commonwealth's Attorney's Office is located directly across from the Courthouse Metro Station, overlooking the Potomac River and the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The Arlington Circuit Court is a Virginia State trial court that deals with all legal issues.

Specific duties include:
  • Using an electronic database and electronic filing system to review various pleadings and orders presented to the court for entry, including but not limited to divorce cases, name changes, and expungements;
  • Drafting court orders or legal correspondence as requested by the judges;
  • Communicating, in a non-ex parte manner, with counsel and self-represented litigants regarding matters pending before the court to ensure that orders are submitted accurately in compliance with applicable statutory requirements, the Rules of the Virginia Supreme Court, and the Court's Local Rules and Preferred Practices;
  • Managing the judges' weekly criminal sentencing dockets and updating the case management system as necessary;
  • Assisting with the reporting of year-end metrics, including aging case review, case closings, sentencing guidelines completion and other state-mandated submissions;
  • Providing administrative support such as answering phone calls, scheduling meetings and supporting visitors; and
  • Serving as a backup to the Docketing Specialists as needed.
The successful candidate will possess effective oral and written communication skills, strong organizational and investigative skills; and knowledge of common law, state and federal law and precedent court decisions.

Selection Criteria

  • A degree from an accredited college or university, plus the completion of at least one year of law school.
Desirable: Preference will be given to applicants with experience in the following:
  • Reviewing legal documents;
  • Managing a court docket;
  • Analyzing statutes and appellate case law;
  • Preparing legal memoranda; and/or;
  • Legal research procedures.

Special Requirements

Paper applications will not be accepted or considered.

The following are required for your application to be considered:
  • A copy of your current resume;
Official transcripts may be requested upon hire.

Additional Information

Work hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

A resume should be attached; however, it will not substitute for the completed application. Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are required for this position. Please do not give "see resume" as a response to the questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applicants who have questions or need assistance with the application may telephone (703) 228-3500 or visit the Human Resources Department. Our staff will be happy to work with you to enter your application into the system. Public access computers are available at all County Libraries, and in the Human Resources Department.

The examination process for this position may include: (1) training and experience evaluation; (2) written and oral examination; (3) personal interview; (4) performance test/work sample; and/or (5) physical examination.

Applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation during the application or selection process. Please call the ADA Coordinator at 703-228-3559 (voice) or email .

Eligibility for Arlington County Government employee benefits depends on your position type (permanent or temporary) and your status (full-time or part-time).

More detailed information on benefits and conditions of employment is available on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website:

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave: Vacation leave is earned at the rate of five hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases gradually until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Paid parental and family leave benefits are also offered. Leave is pro-rated for part-time employees.

Holidays: There are eleven paid fixed holidays each year, as well as two floating holidays. Initial allotment of floating holidays may vary based on when you are hired.

Health and Dental Insurance: Four group health insurance plans are offered - a health maintenance organization, two plans with in-network only coverage, and a high-deductible plan with in and out-of-network coveerage, along with a Health Savings Account (HSA). Group dental insurance is also offered, with two options for coverage. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. The County also contributes to the HSA.

Life Insurance: Basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance may be purchased for yourself, spouse, and/or children.

Retirement: The County retirement program is made up of three parts: a defined benefit (pension) plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. The County also contributes to this plan. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service.

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)). The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to save for retirement on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your pay. A variety of investment options are available for the 401(a) and 457 plans.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health care, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; adoption assistance, tuition reimbursement; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part-time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


Have you graduated from an accredited college or university?
  • Yes
  • No


Have you completed at least one year of law school?
  • Yes
  • No


Please ensure your application supports your responses to the following:
  • I have experience reviewing legal documents
  • I have experience managing a court docket
  • I have experience applying statutory law to individual cases
  • I have experience preparing legal memoranda
  • I have experience with legal research procedures
  • I do not have the above experience


What skills and experience do you bring to this position that you believe will make you an asset to the judges on the Circuit Court bench?


Please share any life experiences or any interests you have that you wish the judges to consider in evaluating your application?


I understand that to be considered for this position i must attach the following: - a copy of resume.
  • Yes
  • No

Required Question

Job Tags

Holiday work, Permanent employment, Full time, Temporary work, Part time, Local area, Flexible hours, Monday to Friday,

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