What does a Judicial Law Clerk do?
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
- Attend court sessions to hear oral arguments or record necessary case information.
- Communicate with counsel regarding case management or procedural requirements.
- Confer with judges concerning legal questions, construction of documents, or granting of orders.
- Draft or proofread judicial opinions, decisions, or citations.
- Keep abreast of changes in the law and inform judges when cases are affected by such changes.
- Participate in conferences or discussions between trial attorneys and judges.
- 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.
- Review complaints, petitions, motions, or pleadings that have been filed to determine issues involved or basis for relief.
- Review dockets of pending litigation to ensure adequate progress.
- Verify that all files, complaints, or other papers are available and in the proper order.
- Compile court-related statistics.
- Coordinate judges' meeting and appointment schedules.
- Enter information into computerized court calendar, filing, or case management systems.
- 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.
- Prepare periodic reports on court proceedings, as required.
- Respond to questions from judicial officers or court staff on general legal issues.
- Supervise law students, volunteers, or other personnel assigned to the court.