What does a Judicial Law Clerk do?

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

Jobs Roles

  • 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.
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