The Honorable Paul L. Friedman
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse
William B. Bryant Annex
333 Constitution Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001
Judicial Assistant: Marissa V. Ahari (202) 354-3490 Case status information:
- Check PACER or the Clerk’s Office public computers
- Memorandum Opinions may be found in the Court Opinions section of this website and on legal databases.
- Check the Court Schedules section of this website.
Judge Friedman employs two law clerks each serving a one-year term, one beginning in January and the other in the fall. The next vacancy is for the 2022-2023 term, beginning in January. Judge Friedman is not currently accepting applications for this position. This website will be updated when he begins accepting applications. Judge Friedman participates in OSCAR.
Clerkship applications should include a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, two writing samples, and three letters of recommendation (preferably two law professor recommendations and one legal employer recommendation).
For more information on the value of federal law clerk experience, the general duties of a law clerk, and the qualification, salary and benefits received by law clerks, as well as additional specific information on a clerkship with Judge Friedman, see the Federal Law Clerk Information System, https://lawclerks.ao.uscourts.gov.
An internship with Judge Friedman is a traditional judicial internship. Student interns must be highly motivated to learn about the judicial system and have superior research and writing skills. They have the opportunity to take on significant responsibility, including analyzing motions, writing memoranda, drafting opinions, briefing staff on substantive and procedural issues, and/or assisting the judge with trial preparations. Interns may be asked to perform some administrative tasks. The internship is unpaid, although law schools may offer course credit for this internship.
Interns are hired for the fall, spring and summer terms. They work part-time (at least 20 hours a week) during academic semesters and full-time during the summer (40 hours a week) for a minimum of ten weeks or more. Judge Friedman hires no more than three interns per term in order to provide close supervision and to assure substantive work opportunities.
Intern applications should include a cover letter, resume, transcript (unofficial), writing sample and three references and/or letters of recommendation. Applicants should have completed a minimum of one year of law school by the time the internship commences. Third-year students are encouraged to apply.