West Virginia Judiciary

Circuit Judge Law Clerk Positions

Law Clerk Program

The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia adopted the Circuit Judge Law Clerk Program in 1997. Each law clerk might have a broad spectrum of duties to perform, as every judge has specific legal and administrative support that they require of their law clerk.

The Administrative Office recruits applicants year-round to screen for the creation of the pool of qualified candidates from which the circuit judges will make their hiring decisions. Law clerks can be hired directly by the circuit judge from either the pool of qualified candidates screened by the Administrative Office or from outside the pool, provided that the candidate is first approved by the Administrative Office.

The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia announces that it is accepting applications for full-time law clerks for the circuit judges in West Virginia, as follows:

Judicial Circuits Counties No. of Positions Approximate Start Dates (Judge) Notes/Special Instructions

1st

Brooke, Hancock & Ohio

0      

2nd

Marshall, Tyler & Wetzel

0

     

3rd

Doddridge, Pleasants & Ritchie

0

 

  

4th

Wirt & Wood

0

 

  

5th

Calhoun, Jackson, Mason & Roane

0

  

  

6th

Cabell

0

     

7th

Logan

0

     

8th

McDowell

0      

9th

Mercer

1

Immediate Opening  

10th

Raleigh

0

  

  

11th

Greenbrier & Pocahontas

0

  

 

12th

Fayette

0

  

 

13th

Kanawha

0

     

14th

Braxton, Clay, Gilmer & Webster

0

     

15th

Harrison

1

August 7, 2017 (Matish)  

16th

Marion

0

       

17th

Monongalia

0

     

18th

Preston

0

 

 

19th

Barbour & Taylor

0

 

  

20th

Randolph

0

  

  

21st

Grant, Mineral & Tucker

0

     

22nd

Hampshire, Hardy & Pendleton

0

     

23rd

Berkeley, Jefferson & Morgan

0

   

24th

Wayne

0

 

  

25th

Boone & Lincoln

0

      

26th

Lewis & Upshur

0

     

27th

Wyoming

0

     

28th

Nicholas

0

   

  

29th

Putnam

0

    

30th

Mingo

0

     

31st

Monroe & Summers

0

   

** Possible position opening 

As new vacancies arise or as vacant positions are filled, this Job Announcement will be modified and, thus, should be monitored by interested applicants. The annual salary for those who are not members of the West Virginia State Bar is $46,416.00, plus benefits, and the annual salary for those who are members of the West Virginia State Bar is $55,008, plus benefits. Documentation from the West Virginia State Bar, i.e., Bar Dues Statement, will be required to receive the higher salary. The West Virginia Judicial System is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing equal access and unbiased, non-discriminatory treatment to all.

All circuit judge law clerks must sit for the West Virginia Bar Examination each time it is offered. The failure to pass the West Virginia Bar Examination within two (2) attempts will result in a loss of employment. West Virginia Bar Examination failures predating judicial employment count toward the two (2) attempts. Any person who has failed the West Virginia Bar Examination, or any bar examination, two or more times is ineligible for these positions. Once a person passes the West Virginia Bar Examination, the issue of bar examination failures is moot.

The minimum g.p.a. for these positions is 2.2.Candidates being considered for employment will be subject to a criminal background check.

To be considered for the pool of qualified candidates from which the circuit judges will select the successful applicants, please submit a completed West Virginia Judiciary Application for Employment (page 4 of which must be notarized), along with a letter of interest that reflects the specific positions in which you are interested and all state bar memberships.  If you are not a member of the West Virginia State Bar, please list the West Virginia Bar Examinations you have taken.   Include with your letter of interest copies of your résumé, law school transcript, and writing sample equal of the number of positions for which you want to be considered [plus one additional copy of your résumé and writing sample and one Official Copy of your law school transcript to be retained by this Court] to:

Jill Connolly
Law Clerk Program Coordinator
 Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
Room E- 100, Bldg. 1, State Capitol
1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Charleston, WV 25305-0830

All of the requested documents and information must be received before a final employment decision will be made.