Fourth Circuit Positions

Fourth Circuit staff positions are posted here and at Refer to the position announcement or position contact for details about an opening. Information on law clerk openings is available through the Online System for Clerkship Application & Review (OSCAR). Law clerk recruitment is handled separately by each judge's chambers (see Judges of the Court), with applications submitted to the chambers by mail or through, according to the judge's preference.  

Position Vacancies

U.S. Government Jobs

Job openings at Judiciary locations across the country can be found at
To search all federal government job opportunities, go to


Staff compensation is composed of base plus locality pay under the Court Personnel System (CPS):  CPS Pay Rates. Compensation for chambers personnel and unit executive positions is composed of base plus locality pay under the Judiciary Salary Plan (JSP): JSP Pay Rates. Law clerk compensation policies are described at


The Federal Judiciary offers an attractive benefit package in terms of health, dental, vision, and life insurance programs, savings and retirement plans, and pre-tax spending accounts for health expenses, dependent care, and commuting costs. Highlights of the benefit programs are available at Benefit for Life. Law clerk benefits are described at


Applicants for federal court positions must satisfy citizenship requirements. In addition, all hiring is contingent upon the applicant's satisfactory background check. Please note citizenship requirements and the applicant complaint process if a criminal inquiry is made during the hiring process.

Complete the Application for Judicial Branch Federal Employment (Form AO 78).

Equal Employment

The Fourth Circuit is committed to the practice of equal  employment opportunity. More information is available in the court's Employment Dispute Resolution Plan.