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Judge Tana Lin Law Clerk and Extern Positions

Law Clerks

Judge Lin is excited to announce that she is currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of Career Law Clerk or Term Law Clerk. The start date for this position is anticipated to be in or around October 2024. If selected for the Term Law Clerk position, the candidate must be able to commit to at least a one-year term, with the possibility of extending the term up to one additional year. Judge Lin prefers term clerks willing to serve for 18 to 24 months but this is not a mandatory requirement. Applications are currently being accepted, the position will remain open until filled, and interviews are anticipated to begin in March 2024. Candidates for the Term Law Clerk position must have at least one year of federal clerkship experience or two years of litigation experience when they apply. Candidates for the Career Law Clerk position must have at least two years prior federal judicial clerkship experience or three years of litigation experience (or an equivalent combination of experience) when they apply. For more information about the position and how to apply see the application. Applications submitted via e-mail and/or OSCAR are preferred. Unqualified candidates (including current law students) and/or incomplete applications will not be considered



Judge Lin is not accepting applications for externs at this time. Generally, during each school year, Judge Lin will host one part-time 3L extern from the University of Washington School of Law in the Fall, and one part-time 2L or 3L extern from Seattle University School of Law in the Spring. When she begins her selection process for these externship opportunities, she will post a notice here on this court webpage and will forward the information to the relevant school’s Externship Office. Additionally, the Western District of Washington regularly partners with the Federal Bar Association for the Western District of Washington to provide judicial externships to law students who are underrepresented in the legal profession. The application period for the Western District of Washington's Summer Diversity Externship Program is typically between December through February each year. This is a summer externship that typically starts between late May and mid-June depending on the students' law school terms. Applications are considered on a rolling basis. For more information, see