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Law Clerk

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At a Glance... header image

Works closely with solicitors dealing with legal documents.


The Work header image

A lot of the work is administration orientated, filling out forms, drafting documents, etc., but Legal Executives also interview clients, advise them on the best course of action to take and may also attend court to assist Solicitors and Barristers with the presentation of their case. Some may specialise in such areas as conveyancing, litigation, probate family law, wills, criminal cases, civil disputes, company formation and debt recovery.  
 
A lot of the work is administration orientated, filling out forms, drafting documents, etc., but Legal Executives also interview clients, advise them on the best course of action to take and may also attend court to assist Solicitors and Barristers with the presentation of their case. Some may specialise in such areas as conveyancing, litigation, probate family law, wills, criminal cases, civil disputes, company formation and debt recovery. 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Research laws, court decisions, documents, opinions, briefs, or other information related to cases before the court.

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Prepare briefs, legal memoranda, or statements of issues involved in cases, including appropriate suggestions or recommendations.

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Confer with judges concerning legal questions, construction of documents, or granting of orders.

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Draft or proofread judicial opinions, decisions, or citations.

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Review complaints, petitions, motions, or pleadings that have been filed to determine issues involved or basis for relief.

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Keep abreast of changes in the law and inform judges when cases are affected by such changes.

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Attend court sessions to hear oral arguments or record necessary case information.

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Verify that all files, complaints, or other papers are available and in the proper order.

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Review dockets of pending litigation to ensure adequate progress.

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Respond to questions from judicial officers or court staff on general legal issues.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards:  Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Analyzing Data or Information:  Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others:  Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Law and Government:  Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Computers and Electronics:  Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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Clerical:  Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

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Communications and Media:  Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Persuasion:   Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

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Law Clerks/Legal Executives should be responsible and capable of working on several projects perhaps simultaneously. Physical and mental stamina are important as deadlines may be tight and the work pressurised.  
 
Legal Executives/Law Clerks must have good communication skills, both written and verbal, and should be able to relate to clients from all backgrounds. Confidence is desirable as you have to be able to reassure people who are anxious. You also need to be able to pay attention to detail.


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