A legal clerk is a person who works within a law office and is responsible for researching, compiling, and organizing legal documents for both judges and lawyers. This person will work primarily in an indoor environment, and some light travel may be required. Travel will not be extensive though, as most travel will be simply for research purposes. This position is one that will generally keep typical office hours, though some extended hours may be required. This person will typically work with other office personnel within the law office, including lawyers, judges, and court personnel. Some employers do not require formal education for this job position, but many will prefer a person with knowledge and experience in the legal or judicial area.
A legal clerk will have many aspects to their job that can be varied, depending on their work environment. Some typical responsibilities and duties include researching legal issues, assisting in forming case law, managing various legal exhibits, interacting with lawyers and court personnel, reviewing articles submitted by lawyers, verifying legal authority, drafting legal documents, drafting trial briefs and memoranda, educating and advising legal staff regarding the facts of each case, maintaining current knowledge regarding changes in the law, reviewing dockets, reviewing legal complaints, reviewing legal motions, and reviewing pleadings.
This position is meant for somebody who is highly organized and efficient. A legal clerk should possess a high degree of professionalism, as well as expert communication skills and an ability to work easily during high-stress situations.
Clerk, Legal Tasks
Prepare documents for off-site storage and confidential disposal.
Prepare, maintain and track all on-site and off-site records; delivery and retrieval.
File and catalog legal documents.
Answer phones and route calls, assist with office clerical tasks.