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Judge John E. Sparks
United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
450 E Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20442-0001

OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE AS A JUDICIAL LAW CLERK IN 2025-2026

Judge Sparks is now accepting applications for a one-year clerkship for the 2025-2026 Term of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. Applications will be accepted and considered until the position is filled.

Law students who will graduate in the spring of 2025 and recent law school graduates are encouraged to apply. No prior military service or knowledge of military law is required. The clerkship would be especially interesting to applicants who seek experience in criminal law and appellate litigation. Clerks in previous years have gone on to careers in the Armed Forces, national security agencies, non-profit institutions, and law firms.

ABOUT THE COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE ARMED FORCES

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces is a five-judge civilian court that hears appeals in criminal cases arising in the Armed Forces. The Court has appellate jurisdiction over four intermediate appellate courts: the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals, the U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals, the U.S. Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals, and the U.S. Coast Guard Court of Criminal Appeals. These four intermediate courts have appellate jurisdiction over courts-martial within their respective services. Courts-martial are military tribunals that have jurisdiction to try service members who are accused of committing crimes punishable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Courts-martial follow rules of evidence and procedure that are similar to the rules that apply in federal criminal trials in the U.S. District Courts. The U.S. Supreme Court can review decisions of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces by writ of certiorari.

ABOUT JUDGE SPARKS

Judge Sparks was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces on April 8, 2016. Judge Sparks graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and accepted a commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. After twenty-three years of service to the U.S. Marine Corps, he retired and served as Special Assistant for Civil Rights to the Secretary of Agriculture. He later served as the Principal Deputy General Counsel for the Department of the Navy. In December 2000, Judge Sparks joined the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces as the senior legal advisor to then Judge and later Chief Judge James E. Baker.

APPLICATION PROCESS

To apply, please email the following four documents to Ms. Tracy Anderson tracy.anderson@armfor.uscourts.gov:

(1) a brief cover letter;
(2) a resume;
(3) an official law school transcript (photocopy is acceptable); and
(4) a writing sample.

Two letters of recommendations are also required. Please ask recommenders to email the letters to Ms. Anderson.

 All questions should be directed to Ms. Anderson by email or by calling (202) 761-1459. Please note that this advertisement will remain posted until the position has been filled.


 
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