Tuesday, December 12, 2017


The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan is one of the largest District Courts in the nation. Its main office is located in Detroit, with divisional offices located in Ann Arbor, Bay City, Flint and Port Huron.

Potential employees of the United States District Court are exempt from taking the Civil Service examination but may be required to submit to independent testing administered by the Court. Applicants must be United States citizens or have authorization to work in the United States and be at least 18 years of age. All appointments are subject to an FBI fingerprint background check, with periodic reinvestigation, if applicable. Retention depends upon a favorable suitability determination. All positions are subject to mandatory Electronic Funds Transfer for payroll deposit.

If there are additional questions, please contact the Human Resources Department at (313) 234-5065.

Thank you for your interest in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Working for the Federal Judiciary

Federal Employee Benefits

Because each judge functions independently, he or she can add to the qualification requirements for law clerks within the parameters mandated by the Judicial Conference of the United States.

A judge's specific qualifications for a position may be listed in position announcements. The Online System For Clerkship Application and Review (OSCAR) is utilized by some judicial officers. Contact the chambers of each judicial officer for specific hiring details.

There are, however, general requirements for employment as a federal law clerk that must be satisfied by all appointees. By the time of appointment to a law clerk position, the candidate must be a law school graduate or be certified as having completed all law school studies and requirements and merely awaiting conferment of degree.

As of May 16, 2005, newly hired law clerks must undergo a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) fingerprint check. A judge also has the option of requiring a new law clerk to undergo an FBI Central Records Systems name check and a credit check. An employment appointment is provisional and contingent upon the satisfactory completion of the required fingerprint check and other option checks, if required. The court will arrange processing the background checks upon notification of an applicant's selection for a position.

For further details and to search for law clerk opportunities in our Court, please refer to the Online System For Clerkship Application and Review (OSCAR).

Each judge functions independently, and he or she determines the qualification requirements for interns. You must contact chambers directly to seek an internship.

Interns are subject to an FBI fingerprint background check. Retention depends upon a favorable suitability determination.