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    The Honorable Judge Sean Dabel of the San Mateo County Superior Court is accepting applications for a paid Post-Bar clerkship to start following the July 2023 bar exam, or as soon thereafter. Applicants are accepted on a rolling basis until the positions are filled. The post-bars would be assigned to handle issues in the direct calendar Civil and Family Law departments - excluding Juvenile. You will be supervised by a Judicial Officer. This placement is out of the Redwood City and/or San Mateo courthouse with some remote work available.

    This is paid position for a maximum of 30 hours a week - benefits are not provided.

    Post-Bars will be responsible for preparing written summaries of motions and pleadings on matters appearing on the daily calendar. The Judicial Officer will also assign research projects to the externs concerning family and civil law issues as well as trial preparation. The externs' work will be supervised by the Judicial Officers of the Family law and/or Civil division. The placement will provide the opportunity to attend the Law and Motion hearings on the matters they prepare and to participate in the various functions of the Civil and Family Court. Training on Civil and Family Law will be provided during the placement and assignments will touch on the various aspects encountered in a Civil and Family Law Judicial assignment which include: Unlawful Detainer, Tort, Employment, Contracts, Civil Discovery, Determination of Attorney Fees, Appellate Court Decision's effect on the Trial Court, Mediation, Child Custody and best interest of the child determinations, support calculations, and domestic violence restraining orders. Prior civil or family law course work or internship placement is desired but not required. Interested applicants should send a short cover letter and writing sample to Judge Dabel at as well as an unofficial law school transcript. For any additional questions please use the same email address.


    The Court is actively recruiting Court Reporters

    Key Highlights:

    • 30K Hiring Bonus
    • 100% Health Plan Coverage
    • 14 Paid Holidays

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About the Court

The Superior Court of California, County of San Mateo, is a unified countywide court. The court has four physical locations:

Court operations include the Civil, Criminal, Appeals, Family Law, Juvenile, Probate, Small Claims, Traffic and Records Divisions. Each division adjudicates related cases, files and maintains records and provides public information. To support operations, the court also has a jury, fiscal and a technology division. Staff supporting court operations could be needed in any of the five court locations.

The Court Executive Office, Administration, Legal Research, Jury and Technology offices are located at 400 County Center in Redwood City.

Benefits such as vacation, sick leave, medical, dental and choice of retirement are provided for all positions other than Extra Help or temporary positions. Staff may transfer from one court location to another to fill a vacancy in the same position title.

When vacancies occur, positions may be filled from an open, promotional or open and promotional recruitment. The court encourages applications from candidates who will contribute to our diversity.

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For more information about careers in the Court, call Court Human Resources at (650) 261-5695 or send us an email.

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