Law Clerk (Non-Bar Member) Limited Term
Los Angeles Superior Court - Los Angeles County, CA

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General Purpose
Under general judicial direction, performs legal research, prepares motions and matters on calendar to expedite court calendars, and performs related duties as assigned.

Distinguishing Characteristics
Law Clerks are responsible for assisting judicial officers with legal research, summarizing motions and providing recommendations on case rulings. Incumbents may be assigned to various court locations or units. Law clerks will be employed for a six month limited term of employment. Upon approval by the Court, the Law Clerk may be employed for an additional year of limited term employment. Upon further approval by the Court, the Law Clerk may be employed for an additional one-year limited term of employment. Total limited term employment shall not exceed two years, six months.

Law Clerks are distinguished from Research Attorneys in that incumbents in the former class perform legal research assignments commensurate with experience level and are hired on a limited term status with the Court.

Examples of Essential Duties, Responsibilities, and Skills:
The following examples are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by personnel assigned to this classification. Any one position in this class may not perform all the duties listed below, nor are the duties described intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and skills required of personnel so classified.

Performs legal research in matters on civil, criminal, family law and probate matters that includes reviewing case files, drafting legal memoranda and preparing summary on findings.

Summarizes, evaluates and recommends rulings on pre-trial civil. Researches applicable law and analyzes the cases cited by the parties and provides the judicial officer with a recommendation for each motion.

Researches, analyzes and recommends policies and procedures related to specific court proceedings and recurring issues at the request of judicial officers and Supervising Research Attorneys or the Managing Research Attorney.

Other Duties

Coordinates with judicial officers, Supervising Research Attorney and/or court staff to organize and schedule replacement coverage when necessary. Organizes work for relief personnel.

Delivers and picks up files to be reviewed from courtrooms. Delivers completed files to Judge for review.

Responds to questions from judicial officers and court staff on general legal issues regarding matters pending before the courts.

May also draft correspondence on behalf of a judicial officer to counsel and litigants regarding matters pending before the courts.

Occasionally assists with ex-parte applications, motion in limine and post-trial motions.

Trains and oversees law students and volunteers assigned to departments through the judicial extern program.

Performs additional court-related duties as directed by the judicial officer.

Knowledge of:
Principles, practices, methods and materials of legal research and analysis.

Civil law. Some assignments may require specialized knowledge of criminal, family, juvenile or probate law.

Legal terms, procedures, forms and documents used in court cases.

Government Code and other statues related to Court process and rules of Court.

Ability to:
Plan, organize and use traditional and computerized legal research methods.

Research, analyze and appraise a variety of legal documents.

Research legal issues and present clear and logical arguments and statement of facts and law.

Communicate effectively orally and in writing.

Set priorities and allocate resources to meet needs in a timely, effective manner.

Prepare clear, concise and comprehensive written materials.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of Court staff and management, judicial officers, and others encountered in the course of work.

Qualifications:
Selection Requirements: Graduation from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited school of law and eligibility to take the California State Bar examination.

Licenses; Certificates; Special Requirements: A valid California Class “C” driver’s license or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation.

Desirable Qualifications: Excellent written and oral communication skills. Proficiency using personal computers. Strong research capability. Special Conditions of Employment: Law clerks will be employed for a six month limited term of employment. Upon approval by the Court, the Law Clerk may be employed for an additional year of limited term employment. Upon further approval by the Court, the Law Clerk may be employed for an additional one-year limited term of employment. Total limited term employment shall not exceed two years, six months. Law Clerks of the Superior Court are prohibited by Court policy from practicing law, receiving fees, and appearing in court representing another party as counsel during their employment by the Court as a Law Clerk. Employment is completely "At Will".

Examination Information:
Applicants are required to complete and submit: A Los Angeles Superior Court Employment Application A Supplemental Questionnaire A resume Current law school transcript Writing samples (i.e. drafted pleading, legal publication, etc.) A list of three professional references

ONLINE APPLICATION PROCESS:
The following materials must be submitted in addition to your online application; otherwise, your application materials will be deemed incomplete and rejected accordingly: A resume Current law school transcript Writing samples (i.e. drafted pleading, legal publication, etc.) A list of three professional references
You may submit above referenced documents by selecting one of the following options:

Option A) Submit documents in person or by mail within five business days from submission of your application to the following:

Managing Research Attorney's Office
Stanley Mosk Courthouse
111 N. Hill Street, Room 209
Los Angeles, CA 90012

OR

Option B) Submit documents as attachments to your online application by following these guidelines: You may submit up to 10 attachments Attachments are limited to 5 MB each Attachments must be in Microsoft Word or PDF format Applicants must clearly label/title each attachment submitted ( resume, transcript, etc.) Applicants must ensure that attachments are legible
The Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles, reserves the right to verify documentation at the time of appointment.

Please include your first and last name and the examination title on the documentation. If you do not wish to apply online, hard-copy application materials must be submitted in person or by mail to the Managing Research Attorney's office located at Stanley Mosk Courthouse, 111 N. Hill Street, Room 209, Los Angeles, CA, 90012. The Managing Research Attorney and the Research Attorney Committee will review completed applications. Only the most qualified applicants, based upon a review of submitted application materials, will be scheduled for an interview and deemed eligible for hire. If you have any question regarding this recruitment please e-mail lawclerk@lasuperiorcourt.org . This examination will remain open until the needs of the Court are met and may close at anytime without advance notice. All applicants are encouraged to apply immediately.

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