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Back in the day -- and by "in the day," we mean 2006 -- the lure of law school was that most-coveted of starting salaries: $160K.
Those were the days when summer associates returned as 3Ls with offers. Those were the days when firms still hired summer associates. Those were the days when law school seemed like a good bet. Those days are no more.
Now, we're living in the days of alternative legal careers. But it's not all bad news: If you're looking for an alterna-gig that still breaks the $160K mark, you might want to send your resume to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
The Third Circuit Judicial Council is hiring a new Circuit Executive to be based in Philadelphia. Max salary for this sweet post: $174,000.
Now that you know what it pays, let's talk about responsibilities.
The Circuit Executive serves as liaison to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, the Federal Judicial Center, the courts of the various states in which the circuit is located, the U.S. Marshals Service, the General Services Administration, state and local bar associations, civic groups, news media, and other private and public groups having an interest in the administration of the courts.
The Circuit Executive administers and coordinates the appellate court's non-judicial activities, including human resources services, space and facilities, property control, information technology, special events and projects, conferences, security, and emergency preparedness. He or she will also be responsible for budget/finance and procurement for the Circuit Executive's Office, and will perform other duties outlined by federal law.
The Judicial Council would prefer a candidate with a JD or LL.B. degree, or a postgraduate degree in public, business, judicial administration or related field. Work experience is also required. Specifically, you need a minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible administrative experience in public service or business, including at least 5 years in a position of substantial management responsibility. Experience in federal courts, and senior level administrative and management experience, are preferred.
If you think you're the one the Judicial Council has been waiting for -- the Neo of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals -- you have until Wednesday, October 3 to submit your application for the Circuit Executive opening. Additional information about the position is available here.