Career Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. The court seeks to promote diversity in the workplace and to create an environment that embraces and celebrates differences among gender, age, ethnic origins, different abilities and races.  This page lists current vacancies for all Northern California court locations.

The first step in beginning your career search with the federal judiciary is to look for open jobs that match your skills, qualifications, and interests. Each posting includes a description of the position and the minimum required qualifications. Once you find a position of interest, visit “How to Apply” on “The Application Process” page.

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Current Career Opportunities

All positions listed below will be open until filled (priority consideration given to applications received before the date listed).

 Priority Consideration Date
Law Clerk for Senior U.S. District Judge William H. Alsup (.pdf, 118 KB)

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California is seeking a Law Clerk for United States Senior District Judge William H. Alsup in San Francisco, California. We are looking for a law school graduate for our “criminal” desk beginning approximately on November 20, 2023, for up to eighteen months who seeks to gain hands-on experience working for a federal district judge on substantive legal matters, primarily civil motions and trials, as well as the opportunity to witness a wide variety of proceedings. The criminal desk law clerk is responsible for all Judge Alsup’s criminal cases, plus all other civil cases including securities, except intellectual property cases. Bar admission is not a requirement but is preferred. Judge Alsup is a morning person and prefers clerks who are also morning people. He needs clerks with excellent multi-tasking skills, who meet deadlines, and who have good research and writing skills. He gives clerks considerable responsibilities. Also, clerks must love dogs, as our Jack Russell visits and rules chambers! Priority cut-off date is June 30, 2023. Interviews may be conducted before the priority cut-off date.

Official Court Reporter – Remote (Part-time or Full-time) (.pdf, 103 KB)

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California is accepting applications for Official Court Reporter – Remote (Part-time or Full-time) in San Francisco and Divisional Offices. Official Court Reporters who would work remotely with the opportunity for reimbursable travel to the Bay Area to report in-person trials. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California is a busy and fast-paced environment where court reporters work on a variety of case types, including intellectual property disputes, complex criminal matters, and civil rights cases, among others.

Judicial Law Clerk to Senior Judge Jeffrey S. White (Oakland) (.pdf, 123 KB)

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California is seeking a full-time Judicial Law Clerk for United States Senior District Judge Jeffrey S. White in Oakland, California. Duties are approximately 95% traditional law clerk duties (extensive research and writing on a wide range of civil and criminal issues) and 5% chambers related administrative duties. The start date will be in August 2023. The position will require a commitment of a fixed term of one year, with the possibility of renewal for an additional fixed term up to three years. Priority consideration given to individuals who apply by April 30, 2023.

Scanning Technician TEMPORARY (.pdf, 164 KB)

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California is accepting application for a temporary Scanning Technician. The Scanning Technician will work primarily with the docketing unit and the jury department, scanning and uploading paper court filings from litigants. The incumbent provides procedural information and customer service, and ensures incoming documents conform to federal and local rules. The incumbent also provides office support and assistance for the administrative functions of the office. Open Until Filled (priority consideration given to applicants who apply by 06/02/2023)

Official Court Reporters - Part-Time or Full-Time (San Francisco / Oakland) (.pdf, 100 KB)

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California is accepting applications for 4 Official Court Reporters in San Francisco and Oakland Divisional Offices. Court Reporters possess the following qualifications: Attending and recording verbatim proceedings held before United States district and magistrate judges, and transcribing those proceedings via Eclipse software upon request. Reading back the court record as required. Creating audio recordings (in addition to shorthand notes) of pleas, arraignments and proceedings in connection with the sentencing of criminal defendants. Transcribing digital audio records. Uploading shorthand notes, audio recordings, transcripts, reports and other documents. Working as part of a team of reporters for the judges of the court. Adhering to all requirements of the Court Reporter Management Plan for the District and the Guide to Judiciary Policy. Open Until Filled.

Solicitation for Court Reporting Services Blanket Purchase Agreement (.pdf, 150 KB)

This is a solicitation for proposals to enter into a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) for contracting court reporting services for the United States District Court - Northern District of California. The Court intends to award BPAs to one or more court reporters found to meet the court’s qualifications.

The Court reserves the right not to make any awards as a result of this solicitation. Award of a BPA does not guarantee that the contractor will receive orders for any particular aggregate dollar value, or in fact that any orders at all, for court reporting services.

Contractors responding to this solicitation should carefully review the Statement of Work, the minimum qualifications required, the court’s maximum transcript fee rates (non-negotiable including real-time feeds), and the BPA Terms and Conditions, all of which will be incorporated into any Blanket Purchase Agreement awarded under this solicitation.

Contractors wishing to be considered for this BPA must complete and return the pages in the attachment CAND_CR_BPA_Form_Fillable. Note, for each prospective contract court reporter, a minimum of 3 references must be identified for whom the reporter has performed work within 3-year period.

The solicitation will be open until the court has determined it has awarded enough BPAs to cover our need. The contract period will run May 1, 2023 – April 30, 2024.

Any questions should be addressed in writing via email to the contracting officer, The completed BPA forms must be emailed to

Courtroom Deputy Clerk and Relief Courtroom Deputy Clerk (.pdf, 117 KB)

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California is accepting application for a Courtroom Deputy Clerk and a Relief Courtroom Deputy Clerk. The courtroom deputy clerk and a relief courtroom deputy clerk provides administrative support in and out of the courtroom to judges. This position calls for accuracy, diplomacy, and sensitivity in dealing with judges, attorneys, members of government agencies, and the general public. Successful courtroom deputy clerk and a relief courtroom deputy clerk works with meticulous attention to detail, creates systems to organize and prioritize tasks, and communicates with calm and confidence.

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