Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Clerkship opportunity

The Honorable M. Tia Johnson
United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
450 E St, NW
Washington, DC 20442-0001


The United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces exercises world-wide appellate jurisdiction over court-martial cases involving U.S. military personnel. Cases on our docket address a broad range of legal issues, including constitutional law, evidence, administrative law, and national security law. Our decisions are subject to direct review by the Supreme Court of the United States. Our clerks perform an important public service in an environment designed to enhance their legal skills. The Court's web site, https://www.armfor.uscourts.gov, contains additional information about the Court, including recent decisions.

This is a civilian clerkship and no prior military service or familiarity with the Uniform Code of Military Justice is required. Judge Johnson is seeking top law school performers with strong research and legal writing skills.


  • Judge Johnson anticipates one opening for a full-time term clerk beginning August 2025 for a one-year period.
  • Consideration will be given to:
    • Students who have completed at least two years of law school at the time of application, and
    • Attorneys who have been in practice for less than three years at the time of application.
  • The compensation for clerks is similar to that at other federal courts.
  • Application period: From March 4, 2024, until the position is filled.


  • Candidates for the clerkship should submit:  
    • A brief cover letter
    • A resume
    • Law school transcript (a photocopy is acceptable)
    • Two letters of recommendation from faculty members or employers familiar with the candidate's legal work
    • A writing sample

Please submit applications via e-mail to johnsonchambers@armfor.uscourts.gov.

If you have any questions, please call (202) 761-1461 or johnsonchambers@armfor.uscourts.gov.

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