Law Clerk
City of Danville, VA - Danville, VA

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The purpose of this position is to provide legal support to Judges. This is accomplished by conducting legal research; drafting bench memoranda; writing letter opinions; creating orders; reviewing and summarizing case files; developing and maintaining a legal research library; and responding to inquiries on legal and procedural matters.

Essential Job Functions*:

Provides general legal support to Judges by conducting research on their behalf; drafting bench memoranda; writing letters for opinions and orders; and reviewing and summarizing case files.

Handles inquiries from numerous individuals and organizations by listening and responding to attorneys, litigants, and incarcerated individuals.
Develops and maintains a legal library by creating and storing research material; handling memoranda; and handling other various articles relevant to the court

Typical Qualifications:

Work requires broad knowledge in a general professional or technical field. Knowledge is normally acquired through four years of college resulting in a Bachelor's degree or equivalent.

No experience required.

Position has no responsibility for the direction or supervision of others.
Work may require providing advice to others outside direct reporting relationships on specific problems or general policies. Contacts may require the consideration of different points of view to reach agreement. Elements of persuasion may be necessary to gain cooperation and acceptance of ideas.

Receives Limited Direction: This job title normally performs the duty assignment according to his or her own judgment, requesting supervisory assistance only when necessary. Special projects are managed with little oversight and assignments may be reviewed upon completion. Performance reviewed periodically.

Advanced Skills and Knowledge: Work requires advanced skills and knowledge in approaches and systems, which affect the design and implementation of major programs and/or processes organization-wide. Independent judgment and decision-making abilities are necessary to apply technical skills effectively.

This job title has no fiscal/budgetary responsibility.

Advanced - Ability to read literature, books, reviews, scientific or technical journals, abstracts, financial reports, and/or legal documents. Ordinarily, such education is obtained in at the college level or above. However, it may be obtained from experience and self-study.

Intermediate - Ability to deal with system of real numbers; practical application of fractions, percentages, ratios/proportions and measurement. Ordinarily, such education is obtained in high school up to college. However, it may be obtained from experience and self-study.

Advanced - Ability to write editorials, journals, speeches, manuals, or critiques. Ordinarily, such education is obtained in at the college level or above. However, it may be obtained from experience and self-study.

Law degree preferred, Driver’s License

Special License and Certificates:

License to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia