Judicial Law Clerks

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About the Job

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

It is also Called

  • State Appellate Clerk
  • Principal Law Clerk
  • Legal Clerk
  • Law Clerk
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • Judicial Clerk
  • Judicial Assistant
  • Federal Law Clerk
  • Federal Judicial Law Clerk
  • Federal District Law Clerk
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What They Do

  • Perform courtroom duties, including calling calendars, administering oaths, and swearing in jury panels and witnesses.
  • Supervise law students, volunteers, or other personnel assigned to the court.
  • Compile court-related statistics.
  • Maintain judges' law libraries by assembling or updating appropriate documents.
  • Prepare periodic reports on court proceedings, as required.
  • Coordinate judges' meeting and appointment schedules.
  • Participate in conferences or discussions between trial attorneys and judges.
  • Communicate with counsel regarding case management or procedural requirements.
  • Enter information into computerized court calendar, filing, or case management systems.
  • Respond to questions from judicial officers or court staff on general legal issues.


People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: CEI.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Conventional interests, but also prefer Enterprising and Investigative environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Achievement, but also value Working Conditions and Support in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • 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.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).


In 2017, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $39,970 with most people making between $26,270 and $54,480


avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 1,170 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 1,050 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 30 replacement openings for approximately 30 total annual openings.

Industries that Employ this Occupation

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