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Law Clerks

Career description:

Law clerks assist judges in making informed legal decisions. Contrary to the job title, law clerks perform very few clerical duties. They’re sometimes highly skilled lawyers who serve in one of the most prestigious and sought-after positions in the legal industry, but more often they’re fresh out of law school after graduating at the top of their class. It can depend on the customs of the state and the court.

What it’s like:

Common duties:

  • Research the relevant legal materials and information to aid in making decisions
  • Speak with various court staff to understand and clarify information
  • Prepare the documentation of legal proceedings
  • Prepare various legal documents
  • Perform research and identify implications for cases from legal precedents or other legal information

Similar occupations:

Appellate Law Clerk, Career Law Clerk, Clerk to Justice, Deputy Clerk, Federal Law Clerk, Judicial Assistant, Judicial Clerk, Judicial Law Clerk, Law Clerk