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 0     
10th Raleigh 0  
11th Greenbrier & Pocahontas 0    
12th Fayette 0     
13th Kanawha 0  
14th Braxton, Clay, Gilmer & Webster 0      
15th Harrison 0
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 1 ASAP    Job Description 
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 $50,946.00, plus benefits, and the annual salary for those who are members of the West Virginia State Bar is $59,538.00, 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 be members of the West Virginia State Bar. If the Clerk is not a member, they must sit for the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) within the initial two times the exam is offered from the date of employment and earn a combined, scaled score of 270 on the UBE and gain admission to the practice of law in West Virginia. The failure to pass or failure to sit for the UBE within two (2) attempts will result in a loss of employment. West Virginia State bar Examination and UBE failures predating judicial employment count toward the two (2) attempts. Any person who has failed the West Virginia State Bar Examination, or any bar examination, two or more times is ineligible for these positions. Once a person passes the West Virginia Bar Examination or the UBE, the issue of bar examination failures is moot. Clerks are required to notify the Law Clerk Coordinator each time they sit for a bar examination and provide information regarding passing or failing each exam. 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, 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:

Sarah Loftus, MS
Legal Coordinator
Legal Services Division
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. If selected for a position, a release of information form will then be required and a criminal backgound check will be ran.