Law Clerk

In most circumstances a law clerk is a person who is either currently enrolled in law school or who has recently graduated from law school who wants to gain experience in the legal field before applying for an attorney position at a law firm in the legal department of a company or within a state county or federal court system. Clerkships vary in their prestige but they are generally competitive positions to obtain. In order to qualify as a law clerk it’s essential to have a working knowledge of the legal system and how to interpret legal documents. Typically the most difficult law clerk positions to secure are those at the Supreme Court. An aspiring attorney often accepts a law clerk position knowing that the addition of such a position to their resume will greatly assist them in finding a future legal job. According to some of the job duties of a law clerk include researching legal documents to be used in cases preparing and filing motions and briefs compiling witness statements and making arrangements for trials. While there is no specific educational requirement for a law clerk to achieve most are law school students or recent law school graduates. Some law clerks have attended paralegal school and some have obtained a bachelor’s degree. Regardless of the education achieved most work as law clerks temporarily as they continue their legal education and use their law clerk positions as stepping stones to higher level positions. The salary range for a law clerk is broad depending on the employer. Typically law firms play clerks less than federal courts and the salary range is between $46120 and $100000 per year.

Education Required: Associate's Degree
Avg Salary: $73060
High Salary: $100000
Low Salary: $46120
Tasks: Performs clerical duties for attorneys.
Conducts legal research.
Prepares legal documents.
Produces draft opinions.
Also Called: Legal Assistant
Legal Researcher
Law Student
Legal Secretary
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