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Old 03-20-2005, 04:20 PM
gburdell gburdell is offline
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2005 Federal Clerkship Salary Question

I will be clerking on DCT level in Atlanta, GA for the 2005-2007 term. I am thoroughly confused regarding my salary.

I am coming straight out of law school and understand that I will start at JSP-11 step 1. How do the "GS" and "JSP" levels differ? I calculated the 2005 GS-11 salary level in Atlanta to be $51,514 using the GS calculator (http://www.opm.gov/oca/05tables/gscalcul.asp). I found no JSP calculator. Are they the same? If so, why have a "Judicial Salary Plan" in the first place?

The primary reason for my confusion is the Federal Law Clerk Information System (https://lawclerks.ao.uscourts.gov/employinfo.htm). It states that "Most recent law school graduates qualify for an appointment at least at grade JSP-11, step 1 (annual base salary of $48,947)." Above this, it links to a locality rates page (http://www.opm.gov/oca/compmemo/2004/ATT2-04.asp) which states that the Atlanta locality rate is 12.61%. Does this mean that I can expect to make 12.61% more than $48,947, or around $55k?

Thanks in advance,
Old 03-23-2005, 05:36 PM
Clerkship Guru Clerkship Guru is offline
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Yes, JSP and GS are from different branches of the government, but they are the same figures. Your confusion as to the salary listed on the FLCIS website is probably due to the fact that they post a base salary that does not take into account the locality of pay differentials which vary by area of the country. So, use the calculator at the other government website (http://www.opm.gov/oca/05tables/gscalcul.asp) to determine your particular salary for Atlanta. For a complete discussion of the intricacies of the federal salary calculations, see the previous post located at http://www.judicialclerkships.com/f...hread.php?t=424
and chapter nine of Behind the Bench: The Guide to Judicial Clerkships.
Old 05-20-2005, 07:10 AM
jejohn1 jejohn1 is offline
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I don't know if you ever got your question answered. But I am in my first year of a two year term clerking for USDC for the NDGA. If you are coming straight out of law school, you would be a GSP-11, step 1, for which the salary is currently $50,514 (that includes the cost of living adjustment that took affect on January 1, 2005). After your first year as a clerk, assuming that you have taken and passed a state bar, you will then jump to a GSP-12, step 1, which provides an additional pay raise.

I didn't know my salary until the week before I started when I came in to fill out my paperwork. So, if you have any other questions that you need answered, feel free to let me know.

And congratulations!

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