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PLEASE NOTE: The online application form will be available on this website as of December 11, 2017. Specific information on all aspects of the application will be provided within the online application.

Applications are invited for the position of law clerk to a Judge of the Federal Court of Appeal, the Federal Court and the Court Martial Appeal Court. Fifty-six (56) positions are currently available: fifteen (15) with the Federal Court of Appeal, forty (40) with the Federal Court and one (1) with the Court Martial Appeal Court. Applications will automatically be considered for all Courts unless indicated otherwise.


Federal Court of Appeal, Federal Court and Court Martial Appeal Court, Ottawa, Ontario.


Maximum one (1) year - commencing Tuesday, August 8, 2019.


The current salary is $63,428 per annum. The employment status also includes the benefits pertinent to positions in the federal public service.


Under the direction of the Judges to whom they have been assigned, law clerks research points of law, prepare legal memoranda and generally assist the Judges. At the Federal Court, law clerks also assist the Prothonotaries.


(1) Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor or equivalent completed before August 6, 2019. If you went to school outside of Canada, please visit the following site: www.cicic.ca;

(2) Essential qualifications:

  1. Analytical skills;
  2. Ability to synthesize;
  3. Ability to conduct research; and
  4. Ability to communicate effectively in writing

(3) Varying language requirements:
Proficiency in one of Canada's official language is mandatory. Proficiency in the other official language is required for certain positions only.

(4) Other qualifications and conditions of employment will be assessed. For more details, please review the "Other Qualifications and Conditions of Employment" document.


Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad.

Please note that preference will be given to Canadian citizens.


Applicants are asked to use the on-line application form which will be available as of December 11, 2017 on the Federal Court of Appeal and Federal Court web sites:



The candidates must submit their application with the following documentation by January 18, 2018.

  1. a curriculum vitae (specify citizenship);
  2. official transcripts of law school grades and copies of transcripts for all other post-secondary studies;
  3. three (3) letters of reference;
  4. a letter explaining why the position is being sought; and
  5. one (1) sample of legal writing which the candidates have entirely written themselves.

** Please note that official law school transcripts and all letters of reference may not be submitted by the candidate but rather must be sent directly to the administrators of the program by the university and referees. Law school transcripts and letters of recommendation submitted by applicants will not be accepted. Only the first three reference letters received will be accepted. See “Note and FAQ” below for additional information.


Judges of the Courts may visit the law schools to promote the law clerk program in the Fall of 2017. Interviews will take place between February and April 2018.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


For further inquiries regarding Federal Court of Appeal and Court Martial Appeal Court clerkships, please contact: Mr. Witold Tymowski at (613) 995-4549 or by e-mail at clerkship-clericature@cas-satj.gc.ca.

For further inquiries regarding Federal Court clerkships, please contact: Chantal Proulx  at (613) 995-4547 or by e-mail at clerkship-clericature@cas-satj.gc.ca.

You are also welcome to visit the following Websites: Federal Court of Appeal at www.fca-caf.gc.ca, Federal Court at www.fct-cf.gc.ca, Court Martial Appeal Court at www.cmac-cacm.ca or Courts Administration Service at www.cas-satj.gc.ca.


Certain law societies recognize the service of the law clerks as fulfilling all or part of their articling requirements. Candidates should verify this with the law society of the jurisdiction in which they will seek admission to practice. Being called to the Bar in any jurisdiction is NOT a requirement for the positions.

A pool of qualified candidates may be established as a result of this selection process.

Our preference is to communicate with candidates by e-mail. Therefore, you must include in your application a valid e-mail address that is functional at all times and accepts messages from unknown users.

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled, diverse workforce reflective of Canadian society. As a result, it promotes employment equity and encourages you to indicate voluntarily on your application if you are a woman, an Aboriginal person, a person with a disability or a member of a visible minority group.

The Public Service of Canada is also committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted in relation to a job opportunity or testing (including interview), you should advise us in a timely fashion of the accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.


1. Do I submit all my documents online?

As an applicant, you are required to upload the following directly within the online application (cover letter, C.V., writing sample and undergraduate/graduate transcripts. Special characters (à, é, ç, ê, etc) should not be used in document titles.

You can upload your undergraduate/graduate transcripts in the online application.  However, your law school transcript MUST be forwarded to us directly by the University Registrar, at the following address:

Chantal Proulx
CAS – 11th floor
90 Sparks Street
Ottawa Ontario
K1A 0H9

Send us your transcript by email, have them use the email address clerkship-clericature@cas-satj.gc.ca

Your referees must send their signed letter of reference in PDF format, with the document titled as specified below, to clerkship-clericature@cas-satj.gc.ca.

The letters should be titled thus: YOURNAMErefREFEREENAME

For example, if Professor Ashley Smith writes a letter of reference for John Doe, the letter should be titled: DOErefSMITH

2. What are the expectations for reference letters?


Reference letters should be addressed “To the Honourable Justices.”


They should be signed and, if possible, printed on official letterhead. Preferably, your letters of reference will be submitted by professors of law or legal professionals who have supervised your work.


Please note that only the first three reference letters received will be accepted. If applying to more than one Court, be aware that the same reference letter will be shared among the Courts. Multiple reference letters written to individual Courts by the same referee will not be accepted; only the first letter received from each of the three referees will be uploaded to the application.

3. If my references or law transcript are received after the deadline, am I disqualified?

You are responsible for submitting a complete online application by January 18, 2018. This includes the documents you are responsible for - cover letter, C.V., writing sample and undergraduate transcripts. You will not be penalized if your official law school transcript or letters of reference are late. However, be aware that  your application cannot be processed until  all necessary documentation has been received, including the official law school transcript and reference letters.  Judges will only access applications that contain all of the necessary documents .

4. Can I, and should I, submit more than one writing sample?

Submitting two writing samples is warranted only if you submit a sample in each official language.

5. Once my application is complete, what happens next?

Once all the necessary documents have been received and it has been determined that you possess all essential qualifications, your application will appear in a database accessible to the Judges. They will make a selection of interviewees, and interviews will be held from February to April. Once the Supreme Court of Canada, has made all of its clerkship offers, the Federal Courts proceed with their offers. There is an agreement with the Court of Appeal of Ontario to issue simultaneous offers. In the event that you receive several offers, you will have time to decide between the Courts.

6. Will I be informed if I am not hired?

Once all the law clerks have been hired, you will be informed that the process is complete.


Date Modified: 2015-09-09