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How to Become a Law Clerk

published June 16, 2009

Silas Reed
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The law clerk is someone who researches and writes up legal arguments. He or she will also summarize the information for the lawyers and judges that will be handling the case. Even though the law clerk performs many of the functions that a lawyer would be doing, the clerk is not allowed to appear in court because he or she has not taken the bar exam. They can, however, deliver subpoenas and obtain witness statements. As far as getting this type of work from home, that is probably not going to happen. You will have to be in the office, as you have people above you that you have to report to. But because of the amount of work that the law clerk is oftentimes faced with, there are occasions where some work can be done at nights from home.

To become a law clerk you need to make sure that you are properly completing the training that is mandated by the state that you will be working in. Your bachelor's degree is required and you have to at least complete your second year of law school. Once you have all of that you can then apply to become a law clerk. Many people take this route as a way to help pay for their expenses while they are finishing school.

Make sure that you are well versed with the English language, customer service, clerical work, computers, law and government, and public safety and security. All of this will help to make sure that you will do a good job as a law clerk. Since you will have to process a lot of materials related to the law, you need to make sure that you have excellent communication skills. When writing or talking to someone about a case or situation you have to make sure that you can easily and clearly get your point across.

You will also need to make sure that you are working on your problem-solving skills and your reasoning skills with people. All of this is important in your ability to make sure that you are able to perform your job well, because a lot is riding on you. It is important to make sure that you are making yourself and your skills far better than other people's. Even though there seems to be a rise in the number of court cases out there, there is also a rise in the number of people attending law school in order to become attorneys. Since working as a law clerk is a great stepping stone, many people in law school look into this option.

This means that the competition could be fierce. You want to make sure that you stand out among everyone in the crowd in order to secure a position as a law clerk. It helps if you have made connections and have become friends with attorneys in the field of your choice, as this may be the way you find work as a law clerk. If you do not have those special connections then you will find yourself stuck competing against all of the other people in your area trying to become attorneys.

Becoming a law clerk is not necessary to become an attorney, but it allows you to gain a lot of hands-on experience that you might not otherwise get. If you try to become a law clerk and you never really get the chance, that is fine, as you do not have that much further to go in order to take the bar exam and officially be a lawyer. Just hang in there, stay focused, and stay dedicated to your goals and you will find yourself in the career of your dreams before you know it.