District Court Law Clerk

Duluth, MN
Full Time
Job #: 05867
The Sixth Judicial District, located in Duluth, is seeking qualified applicants for a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Eric Hylden.

This position is in the Law Clerk classification. Work involves the performance of professional legal research and other related clerical/administrative work in the preparation of memoranda, opinions, or orders for judges or court officials concerning the cases before them. Work is performed under general supervision of a justice, judge, or other legal official and is reviewed through conferences and written reports.

Example of Duties
The following are examples of major job duties expected for this position to perform (any one position may not include all of the duties listed, nor do the examples cover all the duties which may be performed):
  • Reviews, analyzes, and researches laws, court decisions, opinions, briefs, and related legal authorities.
  • Prepares orders and legal memoranda for judicial use.
  • Confers with judicial officer 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.
  • Prepares jury instructions and verdict forms.
  • Responds to telephone calls and written inquiries from public and attorneys.
  • 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
  • Must be a graduate from an accredited law school.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Strong organization and time management skills.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Knowledge of court practices and procedures.
  • Knowledge of court terminology and concepts.
  • Ability to research complex legal problems or questions and apply legal principles.
  • Experience on a law review or law journal is preferred.
  • An attorney who has taken and passed the Minnesota Bar Exam is preferred.

Supplemental Information
To apply for this position, complete and submit your online application. In addition to completing the online application, all applicants must upload and attach a cover letter, resume, law school transcripts, and brief writing sample (no more than 10 pages in length). Initial application review will take place November 15th. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Employment offers may be rescinded if the required criminal background check identifies job related convictions

The Minnesota Judicial Branch is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of the Minnesota Judicial Branch that all decisions regarding recruitment, hiring, promotions, and other terms and conditions of employment be made without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, membership or activity in a local human rights commission, disability, sexual orientation, or age. We value and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds.

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