Legal clerks play a very distinctive and important role in the court or in a law office. They assist judges and other lawyers, organizes legal documents, compile, compare and do research on them as required. Barristers, solicitors and other lawyers supervise them. Without a legal clerk who does his job really well and with great foresight, it is not possible for the court to function smoothly. Legal clerks serve as mediators among lawyers, judges, paralegals, legal secretaries, clients and even public. They have administrative functions too. In short, the job of legal clerks is a coveted one, and where they can grow and expand. It is by no means boring because the clerks get to witness interesting and important cases and be a part of it. As legal clerks are mostly law students in their second or third year, they can learn a lot from being in the courtroom or law office.
Legal clerks must do their research pretty well and they should compile and store all the documents and data pertaining to cases. They will have to manage this for the lawyers and advice them when the need arises. The clerks will have to review the briefs submitted by both parties when there is a case. They will have to attend court sessions and listen to oral arguments. It is the duty of the clerk to maintain chambers library.
- Ability to understand legal terminology quickly
- Ability to interpret documents quickly
- Attention to detail
- Analytical and mathematical skills