Judicial Law Clerk  What They Do

Just the Facts

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

This career is part of the Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security cluster Legal Services pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Researches laws, court decisions, documents, opinions, briefs, or other information related to cases before the court.
  • Confers with judges concerning legal questions, construction of documents, or granting of orders.
  • Prepares briefs, legal memoranda, or statements of issues involved in cases, including appropriate suggestions or recommendations.
  • Drafts or proofreads judicial opinions, decisions, or citations.
  • Reviews complaints, petitions, motions, or pleadings that have been filed to determine issues involved or basis for relief.
  • Keeps abreast of changes in the law and informs judges when cases are affected by such changes.
  • Attends court sessions to hear oral arguments or record necessary case information.
  • Verifies that all files, complaints, or other papers are available and in the proper order.
  • Reviews dockets of pending litigation to ensure adequate progress.
  • Responds to questions from judicial officers or court staff on general legal issues.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Overtime work
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Appellate Law Clerk --
  • Career Law Clerk --
  • Child Support Officer --
  • Clerk to Justice --
  • Deputy Clerk -- Performs a variety of administrative and clerical duties to support judicial officers, attorneys and other court staff.
  • Federal Law Clerk --
  • Judicial Assistant --
  • Judicial Clerk --
  • Law Clerk -- Acts as an assistant to an attorney or a judge at the local, state or federal level and performs a wide range of duties related to the disposition of particular cases.