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What Does it Take to Be a Judicial Law Clerk?

Position Description Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.

What Do Judicial Law Clerks Do On a Daily Basis?

  • Respond to questions from judicial officers or court staff on general legal issues.
  • Perform courtroom duties, including calling calendars, administering oaths, and swearing in jury panels and witnesses.
  • Draft or proofread judicial opinions, decisions, or citations.
  • Attend court sessions to hear oral arguments or record necessary case information.
  • Verify that all files, complaints, or other papers are available and in the proper order.
  • Prepare briefs, legal memoranda, or statements of issues involved in cases, including appropriate suggestions or recommendations.

What Every Judicial Law Clerk Should Know

When polled, Judicial Law Clerks say the following skills are most frequently used in their jobs:

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Types of Judicial Law Clerk Jobs

  • Federal Court of Appeals Law Clerk
  • Deputy Clerk
  • Appellate Law Clerk
  • Federal District Law Clerk
  • Federal District Clerk

Judicial Law Clerk Employment Estimates

In the United States, there were 14,000 jobs for Judicial Law Clerk in 2016. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 5.7% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 800 new jobs for Judicial Law Clerk by 2026. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 800 job openings in this field each year.


The states with the most job growth for Judicial Law Clerk are Oregon, Kentucky, and Nevada. Watch out if you plan on working in Alaska, Maryland, or Colorado. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Judicial Law Clerk Salary

The salary for Judicial Law Clerks ranges between about $33,890 and $95,530 a year.


Judicial Law Clerks who work in New York, Connecticut, or Illinois, make the highest salaries.

How much do Judicial Law Clerks make in different U.S. states?

State Annual Mean Salary
Arkansas $55,910
California $63,610
Colorado $54,180
Connecticut $77,550
Florida $46,490
Georgia $52,940
Idaho $51,050
Illinois $70,490
Indiana $33,500
Iowa $67,960
Kentucky $31,230
Louisiana $42,530
Michigan $46,120
Minnesota $53,110
Mississippi $32,340
Missouri $45,390
Montana $40,500
Nevada $68,890
New Jersey $51,160
New York $121,110
North Dakota $71,580
Ohio $55,690
Oklahoma $66,090
Oregon $52,270
Pennsylvania $40,550
South Carolina $38,210
Tennessee $55,060
Texas $51,180
Utah $38,820
Virginia $54,020
Washington $62,100
West Virginia $66,500
Wisconsin $45,100

Tools & Technologies Used by Judicial Law Clerks

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Judicial Law Clerks:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Web browser software
  • Microsoft Access
  • LexisNexis
  • Corel WordPerfect Office Suite
  • Oracle JavaServer Pages JSP
  • Thomson Reuters WestlawNext
  • Compugov DocketView
  • Levare Center Court
  • Aderant CompuLaw
  • LexisNexis Smartlinx
  • Syscon Court Clerk
  • Legal Files software
  • Justice Systems FullCourt Enterprise
  • LexisNexis CourtLink Strategic Profiles
  • Canyon Solutions Jcats

How do I Become a Judicial Law Clerk?

Are there Judicial Law Clerks education requirements?


How many years of work experience do I need?


Judicial Law Clerks Sector


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