District Court Law Clerk

Detroit Lakes, MN
Full Time
Job #: 05941

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  • Judge Jay Carlson, who is chambered in the Becker County Courthouse, Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, seeks qualified candidates for a judicial law clerk position.
  • In this position, you can expect a collaborative work environment where your perspective and opinion are an integral part of the decision-making process. As part of this process, you will work with a team of highly experienced court staff in a collegial and friendly atmosphere.
  • The caseload involves all types of cases and issues, including: criminal, civil, family, probate, juvenile, and conciliation. The law clerk will work in each of these areas on a regular basis. Anyone with an interest in working in or around the courtroom will enjoy this opportunity.
  • In addition to traditional duties of research and writing, you will be expected to interact with a variety of stakeholders and participants, manage conciliation court, and develop the skills and knowledge necessary to successfully be a part of a court proceeding. The judicial team in Stearns County is positive, professional, and looking forward to an individual who will make a great addition to our work environment.

Example of Duties
(Any one position may not include all of the duties listed, nor do the examples cover all the duties which may be performed.)
  • Reviews, studies, researches, and annotates laws, court decisions, documents, opinions, briefs, and related legal authorities.
  • Prepares briefs, legal memoranda, and statement of issues involved, including appropriate suggestions or recommendations to the justice or judge.
  • Compiles references on laws and decisions necessary for legal determinations.
  • Confers with justice, judge or court official concerning legal questions, construction of documents and granting of orders.
  • Attends court sessions to hear oral arguments and records necessary case information; maintain records attendant to court proceedings.
  • May perform courtroom duties including calling the calendar; swearing in jury panels and witness; taking court minutes; and assisting in various court proceedings such as arraignments, motions, hearings, pre-trial conferences and trials.

Typical Qualifications
  • Knowledge of general law, state law, established precedent, and sources of legal reference.
  • Graduate of an accredited law school.
  • Knowledge of court practices and procedures.
  • Knowledge of legal terminology and concepts.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, with a diverse group of people, including attorneys and pro se parties.
  • Ability to research complex legal problems or questions and apply legal principles.
  • Ability to represent the court in a respectful manner.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft products, including legal research software is preferred.

Supplemental Information
  • Law Clerks are at-will employees and the work is performed under the supervision of a District Court Judge.
  • Work is performed primarily in an office setting or a courtroom.
  • This position will remain open until filled.
  • Successful Candidate Will Be Required To Pass A Criminal Background Check.
  • Full State of Minnesota Benefit package.
  • Please apply for this position online by clicking the Apply link near the top of this page. (For instructions on creating and submitting your online application, click on the How to Apply link in the left-hand menu at the top of this page.)
  • In addition to completing the online application, please upload and attach your resume, transcripts and writing sample (no more than 10 pages)

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