How to write a Law Clerk job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Law Clerk job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Law Clerk job titles

    Law Clerk
    Law Clerk (Entry-Level)
    Family Law Clerk
    Law Clerk (Part-Time)

Law Clerk job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Law Clerk job summary

A criminal law office seeks a studious and passionate Law Clerk for our thriving practice. The successful candidate will work with seven different Attorneys on a daily basis, managing his or her schedule based on current demand. If you are a current or prospective law student with excellent grades and a flexible schedule, you will be perfect for this position. We offer the opportunity to gain experience with Attorneys who serve in a wide variety of capacities, from fighting traffic tickets to handling high-profile felony cases. Some after-hours work might be required, especially during times of peak activity.

Law Clerk responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Law Clerk responsibilities

    Research case law in preparation for helping Attorneys develop solid arguments
    Assist clients with filling out forms, responding to Attorney requests and navigating the legal system
    Communicate with clients and their families when necessary to facilitate a positive working relationship
    Review and interpret legal documents, including affidavits and sworn testimony
    Review and file all documentation for easy retrieval at a later data
    Create schedules for Attorneys’ appointments
    Assist Attorneys in preparing and writing briefs and opinions
    Help Attorneys prepare for depositions

Law Clerk qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Law Clerk skills

    Current or prospective law student preferred
    Minimum six months’ experience with eDiscovery
    Flexible schedule and commitment to attendance
    Excellent communication and document management skills
    Willingness to conduct extensive research, both electronically and otherwise
    Interest in criminal law
    Knowledge of Westlaw a plus

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