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Judicial Law Clerks

Also called: Career Law Clerk, Judicial Clerk, Judicial Law Clerk, Law Clerk

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What they do:
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
On the job, you would:
  • Research laws, court decisions, documents, opinions, briefs, or other information related to cases before the court.
  • Prepare briefs, legal memoranda, or statements of issues involved in cases, including appropriate suggestions or recommendations.
  • Confer with judges concerning legal questions, construction of documents, or granting of orders.


Safety and Government
  • law and government
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
  • administrative services


Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • read and understand what is written
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • use rules to solve problems


People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Dependability
  • Independence
  • Initiative


You might use software like this on the job:

Project management software
  • Canyon Solutions Jcats
  • Legal Files software
Calendar and scheduling software
  • Aderant CompuLaw
  • American Legalnet Smart Dockets
Information retrieval or search software
  • LexisNexis
  • LexisNexis Smartlinx


Education: (rated 5 of 5)
doctoral degree or
professional degree
usually needed

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