Judicial Law Clerk - Fifth Judicial District

Luverne, MN
Full Time
Job #: 01006700 Salary: $56,313 Yearly
Use your legal research and writing skills, work as part of a judge team, and observe all types of court calendars and proceedings.

The Fifth Judicial District seeks qualified applicants to fill a full time Judicial Law Clerk position. This position will be a shared position, receiving work direction from the Honorable Terry Vajgrt and the Judge Appointee Sherry Haley. Judge Vajgrt is chambered in the Rock County, Luverne, MN and Judge Appointee Haley will be chambered in Nobles County, Worthington, MN.

This posting will remain open until the position is filled. Applications will be reviewed on a regular basis with interviews scheduled throughout the duration of this posting.

A Judicial Law Clerk position offers the opportunity to work within the Minnesota Judicial Branch at the Trial Court level on a varitey of assignmnents and observe many different types of court proceedings. Law Clerks work directly with the District Court Judge performing legal research, drafting legal documents, correspondence, memoranda and other writings as requested.

The successful candidate will be articulate, self-motivated, and an excellent writer. Excellent research and analytical skills are required. Must have the ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing.

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
Minimum Education and Experience:
  • Juris Doctorate (JD) from an accredited law school.
  • Knowledge of general law, state law, established precedent, and sources of legal reference.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word/Windows operating system and legal research software

Supplemental Information
The Minnesota Judicial Branch (MJB) is committed to providing fair and equal access to justice. If you share this same commitment, desire a meaningful career serving the public, and want the opportunity to make a difference for your community, consider a career with us.

We celebrate and are committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion, and actively seek and encourage applications from persons with diverse backgrounds and characteristics. Minnesota Judicial Branch employees consistently express pride in their public service and in the quality of programs and services provided to customers, as well as appreciation for the teamwork and collaboration that is promoted within the MJB.

Excellent State of Minnesota Benefit package with low premiums. For benefit information visit: http://mn.gov/mmb/segip/index.jsp

All employment offers are contingent upon a satisfactory results of a criminal background check.

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