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What does a Law Clerk do?

Law clerks are attorneys who work for judges in the municipal, state, and federal court systems. They are called upon to draft memoranda and opinions and to perform tasks for judges, including legal research. As the right-hand assistants to their judges, law clerks make recommendations about the disposition of cases and appeals. They have the ability to heavily influence a judge's decision based solely upon their research, which lends to their potential to contribute to the formation of new case laws.

Law clerks verify legal citations, attend hearings, and provide support for their judges during any and all court hearings and proceedings. In assistant roles, clerks prepare files for hearings and manage their judges' filing systems. Through their research, law clerks assist judges in making informed legal decisions. They prepare the documentation used within legal proceedings alongside various legal documents that will be used later on or in proceedings. To be a law clerk, most judges prefer to hire recent law school graduates with a Juris Doctor degree.

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
20%
2 - 4
51%
5 - 7
17%
8+
12%

Common Skill Sets

Written Communication
juris Doctorate
Writing
Requests
Jd Degree
Microsoft Office Suite
Attention To Detail
Motivated

Law Clerk Seniority Levels

L2
Law Clerk
$55,935/yr
L3
L4
Staff Law Clerk
$63,639/yr
Legal Consultant
24% made the transition
Paralegal
59% made the transition
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Law Clerk Salaries

Average Base Pay

$55,935 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$37K
Median: $56K
$91K
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