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Federal Clerkships - Background Check

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Sep 10, 2012 8:54 pm

Do all federal judges require a background check? I don't have the worst background in the world but don't consider myself in the best shape for C&F, and I'm not excited for a judge I'm working with to see some of my skeletons. Any info from past/current clerks would be appreciated.

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Re: Federal Clerkships - Background Check

Postby jessuf » Mon Sep 10, 2012 9:07 pm

It's part of working for the government. I'm not sure if judges in particular actually scrutinize the results of your background check, but there will be someone in HR who will.

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Re: Federal Clerkships - Background Check

Postby lukertin » Mon Sep 10, 2012 9:15 pm

Background checks are conducted by an external Federal agency. HR has no input with them regarding your status (besides making sure your answers are facially compliant). The federal investigators give HR their recommendation when the check is complete.

I'm guessing for clerkships it's just a regular check for public trust position? You really don't have much to worry about--their number one concern is whether someone has leverage over you which they could use for blackmail attempts. Investigator might try to intimidate you with a no-nonsense attitude but lol. I straight up told one that I smoked marijuana and nobody cared.

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Re: Federal Clerkships - Background Check

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Sep 10, 2012 10:41 pm

At what point is the background check for a federal clerkship conducted?

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Re: Federal Clerkships - Background Check

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Sep 10, 2012 10:49 pm

i was worried about this myself when i started my federal clerkship. i had a couple underage drinking violations and one arrest for driving with a suspended license. also my credit score was around 600. AFTER you are hired and usually around the time you start your clerkship, the HR dept takes your fingerprints and does criminal background check through the FBI central records. my judge did not run a credit check, although I've heard some of them ask HR to do that. but i think it's rare. i never heard anything back from HR after I gave them my info. i dont think theres a whole lot to worry about unless you've got some pretty serious convictions

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Re: Federal Clerkships - Background Check

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Sep 10, 2012 10:51 pm

oh, for federal clerkships, they also run a state background check within the state you're clerking in. i kind of thought that was weird

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Re: Federal Clerkships - Background Check

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Sep 11, 2012 12:08 am

I know of several DDC and EDVA judges who require their clerks to get a top secret security clearance. Outside of that, it's just a basic background check by HR that might not even get done until after you start working.

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Re: Federal Clerkships - Background Check

Postby augusta1985 » Tue Sep 11, 2012 2:31 pm

It usually happens during the first few weeks of your clerkship. For me, I got an email about 2 weeks in with a link to my HR docs. They seem to be pretty slow.




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