State of Oregon Law Clerk (Civil Recovery) in Eugene, Oregon

Law Clerk (Civil Recovery)



Law Clerk (Civil Recovery)


$14.75 Hourly


Eugene, OR

Job Type



Justice-Civil Enforcement Division

Job Number



10/15/2018 11:59 PM Pacific

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The Oregon Department of Justice is currently seeking an outstanding, second-year law student currently enrolled with the University of Oregon School of Law to fill a law clerk position in the Eugene Civil Recovery Section, beginning in October 2018.

NOTE: If you already applied under this requisition, you don't need to reapply. Your application remains under consideration. The recruitment period has been extended.


The Oregon Department of Justice employs law students to provide legal support to Assistant Attorneys General. The volume and scope of our legal work allows us to entrust each law clerk with a significant and appropriate level of responsibility, helping them work productively and facilitating the growth and development of their careers. The usual duties will be to assist the attorney in preparing exhibits, doing legal research and, if court-certified, appear in court, argue motions, and present evidence including examination of witnesses. At any given time, a law clerk may be working on several projects for several attorneys simultaneously.

The position will be part-time during the school year (up to 20 hours per week) and full time in the summer (40 hours per week) with the hope that the successful candidate will consider continuing employment on a part-time basis throughout the following school year. Arrangements can be made to allow a vacation, however, the Department expects a minimum commitment of at least ten weeks during the summer. Time off is allowed during finals. Pay for law clerks does not include benefits, except as required by law, and is statutorily subject to termination at any time without cause.


You must be a current, second-year law student enrolled at the University of Oregon School of Law.

DOJ Law Clerk Conflicts Policy (in part)

"It is the DOJ's policy, not to employ any law clerk at the same time that the clerk is employed by or volunteers for:

(a) a private law firm;

(b) public defender's office;

(c) the legislature;

(d) the judiciary;

(e) a school-sponsored legal clinic that either directly or through association with a third party, such as a public defender's office, routinely handles criminal or civil cases in which the state is an adverse party; or

(f) the Court Appointed Special Advocate for children (CASA) program."

"The following legal employment outside DOJ is generally permitted simultaneously with employment by the DOJ as a law clerk, on a case-by-case basis:

(a) an internship with the Governor's office; or

(b) a school-sponsored legal clinic that does not routinely handle criminal or civil matters in which the state is an adverse party. This includes clinics that handle criminal matters of a sufficiently local nature as to not involve the state as a party. In any event, the law clerk cannot participate in those civil or criminal matters in which either the state is an adverse party or a state officer appears as a witness or as a prosecutor."

Exceptions to the policy, on a case-by-case basis, may be allowed. All DOJ law clerks must sign a statement that they understand these limits on their employment while at DOJ and their personal responsibility not to disclose or use confidential information gained through their present or previous employment or activities.

Application Process

  • Click on the "Apply" link above and complete the Oregon Employment Application online and the supplemental questions.

  • Attach your resume (1-2 pages).

  • Attach your Letter of Interest (explaining why you are interested in working for the Oregon Department of Justice AND your work or personal history that makes you a good candidate).

If possible, please attach documents in PDF format.

An application missing any of the above items is incomplete and will not be considered.

Application Assistance

In reviewing applications for Law Clerk positions, the Department considers the quality of candidates' written work, their background and experience, and their enthusiasm for public service. Applicants most closely matching the requirements and needs of the position will be invited to interview.

If at any point in the application process, you need help in any way, please contact Mistie Slauson. She will happily answer any questions you may have. She is also available to help upload the required attachments if you experience any difficulty or need to replace an attachment previously submitted.

You may also mail or fax your application materials; if you choose this application route, please also include responses to the supplemental questions, and identify the specific position for which you are applying.

Oregon Department of Justice

With more than 1300 dedicated employees, including approximately 300 excellent attorneys, the Oregon Department of Justice is the largest law firm in Oregon. Our goal is to be the best public law office in the nation. We are committed to finding, developing and retaining the finest legal professionals. We offer our employees a challenging, fun, and rewarding work environment with great benefits--resulting in a satisfying career. Because of our size and the volume of our legal work, we are able to entrust each attorney with an appropriate level of responsibility, helping people work productively by facilitating growth and development of their knowledge and skills. We are seeking individuals who are dedicated to justice and motivated to work hard on important legal matters on behalf of the citizens of Oregon. Assistant Attorneys General, on behalf of the Attorney General, represent the State of Oregon and officers and agencies of the State in most civil and many criminal proceedings. The Department offers a broad range of opportunities for attorneys to work on significant and complex issues that face our state. Assistant Attorneys General work in virtually every area of legal practice including protecting children, fighting crime, defending criminal convictions, protecting consumers and the elderly, protecting our natural resources, fighting discrimination, defending the state and state employees, and providing legal advice to state agencies, officers and elected officials. This work makes a difference to the citizens of Oregon and provides unparalleled career satisfaction and professional opportunities.

Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The Department of Justice is an equal opportunity employer, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age or disability, and is committed to workplace diversity.

For additional information, relevant to this recruitment, click HERE.

This recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies.

Oregon Department of Justice

Attn: Mistie Slauson

1162 Court St NE

Salem OR, 97301

Phone: (503) 378-5595

Fax: (503) 373-0367


This job posting is for temporary position(s) and does not include the typical benefits available for employees.

Temporary employees may be eligible for employee health benefits offered through the Public Employees Benefit Board (PEBB) as outlined in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.