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Judicial Law Clerks

Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Prepare briefs, legal memoranda, or statements of issues involved in cases, including appropriate suggestions or recommendations.
    • Research laws, court decisions, documents, opinions, briefs, or other information related to cases before the court.
    • Draft or proofread judicial opinions, decisions, or citations.
    • Review complaints, petitions, motions, or pleadings that have been filed to determine issues involved or basis for relief.
    • Confer with judges concerning legal questions, construction of documents, or granting of orders.
    • Keep abreast of changes in the law and inform judges when cases are affected by such changes.
    • Attend court sessions to hear oral arguments or record necessary case information.
    • Verify that all files, complaints, or other papers are available and in the proper order.
    • Communicate with counsel regarding case management or procedural requirements.
    • Respond to questions from judicial officers or court staff on general legal issues.
    • Coordinate judges' meeting and appointment schedules.
    • Participate in conferences or discussions between trial attorneys and judges.
    • Prepare periodic reports on court proceedings, as required.
    • Compile court-related statistics.
    • Supervise law students, volunteers, or other personnel assigned to the court.
    • Maintain judges' law libraries by assembling or updating appropriate documents.
    • Perform courtroom duties, including calling calendars, administering oaths, and swearing in jury panels and witnesses.


    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.


    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy


    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Written Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.


    • Law and Government

      Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Administrative

      Knowledge of administrative and office procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and workplace terminology.

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